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Orchestra Nazionale Jazz Giovani Talenti conducted by Paolo Damiani

Orchestra Nazionale Jazz Giovani Talenti, conducted by Paolo Damiani, is a project by Fondazione Musica per Roma. It aims to enhance some of the best new professionals in the Italian jazz scene. This is the fourth edition of this project, and there is a significant novelty: musicians have been selected from the most recent rankings […]
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Orchestra Nazionale Jazz Giovani Talenti, conducted by Paolo Damiani, is a project by Fondazione Musica per Roma. It aims to enhance some of the best new professionals in the Italian jazz scene. This is the fourth edition of this project, and there is a significant novelty: musicians have been selected from the most recent rankings of the Top Jazz Poll by Musica Jazz. They are young but renowned artists, among the most original and personal ones, as shown by the Top Jazz award.

The orchestra includes twelve musicians, most under 35, and stands out for the search for a balance between male and female musicians. Jazz music historically left little space for women, and ONJGT wants to reverse this trend.

The repertoire of the previous editions was recorded in the albums by Parco della Musica Records: “Oscene Rivolte” (March 2019) and the new album recorded on December 20, 2021, at Teatro Studio di Roma, with compositions by Damiani and some soloists of the orchestra: Anaïs Drago, Tobia Bondesan, Michele Fortunato, Paolo Zou, Marco Centasso e Max Trabucco. In addition, Sara Jane Ceccarelli wrote some lyrics.

The new orchestra edition focuses on the compositions of all the musicians, who can be supported by some of the best emerging or renowned Italian arrangers.

The special feature of the orchestra allows adopting the principle definable as “variable geometry”: to resort to some small acoustic and electric lineups (string trio, wind quartet, voice trio, bass clarinet and percussions, jazz quintet with trumpet, sax, guitar, bass, drums, etc.) using the chromatic richness of the orchestra.

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Orchestra Nazionale Jazz Giovani Talenti diretta da Paolo Damiani
Paolo Damiani (conduction, double bass)
Camilla Battaglia (voice)
Anais Drago (violin)
Eloisa Manera (violin)
Francesco Fratini (trumpet)
Federico Calcagno (clarinet, bass clarinet)
Michele Tino (alto sax)
Sophia Tomelleri (tenor sax)
Michele Fortunato (trombone)
Giacomo Zanus (guitar)
Federica Michisanti (double bass) Nazareno Caputo (vibraphone)
Francesca Remigi (drums)