Rome To Host Many International Jazz Stars Through November 25 for the Jazz Festival

Rome To Host Many International Jazz Stars Through November 25 for the Jazz Festival

The Roma Jazz Festival, the most important jazz event of the year in the Eternal City, kicks off on October 12 and runs through November 25.

The happening features every year a different theme. In 2012 it’s “Visual Jazz.“ The wide diffusion of new media, from Internet and social networks to the use of new reproducing devices and sound and image editing tools, has generated a new creativity jazz is obviously affected by.

The 2012 edition of the Roma Jazz Festival proposes an articulated and interdisciplinary project with the aim of highlighting all those artistic expressions originated by the relationship between jazz and visual arts: films, documentaries, fiction, cartoons, video clips, live soundtracks, computerized creations and all that “Visual Jazz”.

The history of jazz and cinema are connected by a series of surprising analogies: both are collective arts and have reconciled high and pop culture, artistic avant-garde and media. They both played a major role in the world culture of the past century. The relationship between jazz, technology and visual arts dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. The first sound film, the first vinyl records, the interchange with contemporary art… And now new technologies and global distribution systems have further boosted this relationship.

These are the key concerts of the 2012 Festival.

Joe Jackson’s performance on October 31 will be the world premiere of his latest album “The Duke,” devoted to Duke Ellington. Jackson reinterprets the master of swing’s classics using his imagination and creativity, experimenting groove and surprising new sounds. As a result, different styles and sounds freely coexist in the way they did for the great composer Ellington.

Manu Katchè Quartet will play on October 18 for the first time in Italy “Third Round.” The French-African drummer has intensified his commitment for the “beautifully mutated grooves and jazzy themes” and creates an extraordinary and compelling sound.

Italy’s top jazz piano player Stefano Bollani and rock singer Irene Grandi perform for the first time as a duo on the very last day of the Festival, November 25. The repertoire represents a journey through the years of their friendship: vibes from Brazil, Europe, past and present, from jazz standards to living authors. A unique fusion of Stefano Bollani’s jazz and Irene Grandi’s warm and rock voice.