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Bill Frisell

Sarah McKenzie – Romero Lubambo – Jaques Morelenbaum

Sun, 02 January - hours 17:00
Teatro Mancinelli
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Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell debuted at Umbria Jazz Winter in 1994, twenty-seven years ago. A masterpiece. The second edition of the newborn winter Festival went down in history for the concert featuring guitarists Frisell and Jim Hall. That duo is among the magic moments in 50 years of Umbria Jazz. Frisell is undoubtedly one of the most influential guitarists of the post-Hall generation, the model that inspired the evolution of guitar for a long time. Frisell took over the baton of that inspiration in a very personal and original way, getting rid of any genre limits and opening up to an extraordinary and unique eclectism. Frisell has created countless artistic paths over his forty years of career. He has always been faithful to himself, to his unique language, to his instantly recognizable “sound”, to his talent as an improviser that has few equals, not only among guitarists. He is an artist able to move from music for Buster Keaton’s silent movies to songs by John Lennon, Burt Bacharach, and Elvis Costello, from avant jazz to contemporary chamber music, from Latin music with Vinicius Cantuaria to mainstream jazz with Fred Hersch, Lee Konitz, or Elvin Jones, from the partnership with a radical innovator like John Zorn to the bands of an old guru like Charles Lloyd. Frisell has played the metropolitan music of the great contemporary cities and the one of America’s rural heart, the dance music of the teenagers of the ‘50s, and the one of Nashville. He has always been at his ease: the ECM’s algid atmospheres and the Nonesuch’s sophisticated ones, Marianne Faithfull’s acidic voice and the epic three-voice polyphonies with Zorn and George Lewis, impromptu meetings and solid partnerships such as Naked City or the highly-lamented trio featuring Paul Motian and Joe Lovano. He has composed music for elaborated ensembles and performed in minimal formulas such as trios, duos (with bassist Thomas Morgan), or solo guitar performances, as in this edition of Umbria Jazz Winter.
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Sarah McKenzie – Romero Lubambo – Jaques Morelenbaum

Australian by birth and global citizen, singer, pianist, songwriter Sarah McKenzie is on the list of the artists who have succeeded in matching her talent for voice and keyboard. This list includes, for instance, Diana Krall and Norah Jones, and famous past representatives such as Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, or Blossom Dearie, who perhaps most resembles Sarah. First as a backing vocalist for Michael Bublé, then opening for Chris Botti, McKenzie has reached artistic maturity and fame, always remembering to study, improve her skills, and grow professionally. A central moment of this training path led her to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston thanks to a scholarship she got at the Umbria Jazz Clinics in Perugia. She made the third album in the USA, “We Could Be Lovers”, and recorded the fourth one in Paris, “Paris In The Rain”, and the latest one in America, “Secrets Of My Heart”. Sarah comes to Orvieto with a trio including two Brazilian music stars, guitarist Romero Lubambo and cellist Jaques Morelenbaum. They usually play with the most influential songwriters of MPB and in jazz settings. Lubambo and Morelenbaum are creative and unconventional artists, crossing jazz, samba, and classical tradition with absolute ease. Meanwhile, waiting for a new album, the trio has released a single, “Corcovado”. Its video was a success on the web.