Jazz della Sardegna
Agostino Mela (2008)
Orchestra started in 1989 as "Blue Note Orchestra". Since 1996 the staff has
changed its name, and it is now called
Orchestra Jazz della Sardegna.
This is made of 19 musicians divided into the
traditional categories for
orchestra (reeds, brass, rhythm sections).
The setting also benefits from additional instrumental sections such as
strings, woodwinds, flutes etc. according to what required by music
many years of its activity the Orchestra has put together a rich repertoire,
mainly made of the most representative jazz takings of the '20s to date
including swing evergreens, fusion, popular italian, ethnic music
(especially from Sardinia) and original productions.
Since 1991 the Orchestra is the
central actor of the International Competition in Composition and
Arrangement for Jazz Orchestra called “Scrivere in Jazz”: with its
editions (1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998,
2000, 2002, 2004, 2006,
2008, 2010, 2012), the
competitors enriched the repertory of the Orchestra with more than
Special and original projects
"Seven steps about Carmen" (1994,
with Enrico Rava), "Ulisse e
l'ombra" (1999) and "Steamboat
Bill Jr." (2002) composed and conducted
by Bruno Tommaso.
With the addition of other instrumental
sections, the Orchestra performed "Incontro con la
musica colta" (1996-97 with
Riccardo Zegna and Paolo Ravaglia, conductor Giancarlo Gazzani) playing
classical concerts like G.Gershwin’s "Rhapsody
in Blue", Stravinsky’s "Ebony Concert" or "Derivations for clarinet and
band" by M.Gould.
Other current projects are:
"Il brutto anatroccolo", original composition
Giorgio Gaslini commissioned by "Time in Jazz 1997" festival (with vocalist Maria
Pia De Vito)
"Porgy and Bess"
by G.Gershwin in the famous taking by Gil Evans and
Miles Davis. This version has been recorded by
the orchestra, featuring the soloists Paolo Fresu and David Linx (Il
Manifesto, 2001, ADR 2005).
"Sacred Concert", composed
and directed by Giorgio Gaslini, and "Jazz Te Deum", by G.Gaslini,
B.Tommaso e G.Verdinelli (published on cd by Soul Note in year 2002).
"Time's Mirror" -
Orchestra Jazz della Sardegna has
also hosted the trumpet player Tom Harrell and his first european
performing of his recording "Time's Mirror"
"OJS plays Colin Towns” e "Summer songs" - Since
2003 the orchestra regulary hosts the British composer and conductor
Colin Towns. The first project, named "OJS plays Colin Towns" has been
recorded and is going to be soon released on compact disc. (with guest
vocalist Maria Pia De Vito)
"Dinner Music" music composed, arranged and directed by da Carla Bley
(original co-production by Ass. Blue Note Orchestra, Ass. Time in Jazz,
Ente Musicale di Nuoro). Special guests: Carla Bley, Steve Swallow and
Jazz-Op for the
complete list and details
The Orchestra has
a portfolio of several concerts and has featured in important festivals
such as Time in Jazz (Berchidda 1991, 1997,
1998, 2006), Verona Jazz (2007), Rassegna di Orchestre (Campobasso 1994), Fiera della Musica
(Ferrara 1995), Ai confini tra Sardegna e Jazz (Sant'Anna Arresi 1996),
note (Corropoli 1998), Bergamo Jazz (1998), Roma Dolce Vita Jazz e festival FAO (2001 e 2002), Milano (2002),
Vicenza (2006), Estiamo in piazza (Ozieri 1991),
Seminari Jazz di Nuoro (1992, 1994, 2000, 2006),
dei Poeti (Nora, 2002), S.Teodoro (2004), Musica sulle Bocche (S.Teresa
2004), Fiesole (2009) etc.
The Orchestra Jazz della Sardegna has also performed its music in
in year 2001 (it has been the first Italian jazz orchestra to tour this country)
during summer 2004, performing also in
guests of the orchestra have been the conductors Carla Bley,
Giorgio Gaslini, Giancarlo Gazzani, Bruno Tommaso, Mario Raja
and Paolo Silvestri,
Maria Pia De Vito,
Barbara Casini, David Linx and Gegè Telesforo as singers, the trumpet players
Harrell, Flavio Boltro, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, the saxophone players
Bob Mintzer, Andy Sheppard,
Maurizio Giammarco and Javier Girotto, clarinetist
guitarist Nguen Le, bass player Steve Swallow, pianist Riccardo Zegna,
accordion players Antonello Salis and Richard
Galliano, besides Emilo Soana, Mike Applebaum,
Mauro Grossi, Mario and Claudio Corvini and many others.
OJS is one
of the very few Italian orchestras working on a permanent basis and in its
staff there are amongst the best sardinian musicians. Some of the work
carried out by the orchestra in the last few years of activity is recorded
in their compact disc:
"Scrivere In Jazz" (by Flex Record Studios, edited in June 1996),
“Porgy and Bess” by G.Gershwin with Paolo Fresu
and David Linx (released in june 2001 by
Il Manifesto and re-released in 2005 by MPR Records), "Sacred Concert - Jazz Te Deum" by
Giorgio Gaslini (Soul Note, 2002), "Blau" (Wide Sound 2004)
and "Il Brutto Anatroccolo" (Il Manifesto, 2005). "Agora tà"
with Barbara Casini and Paolo Silvestri (Via Veneto, 2012). Other
recordings will be soon released.