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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jazz Concert-


Giovanni Falzone Quintet



Under the patronage of the
President of the Republic of Italy


XII Edition of the
World Italian Language Week


L’Italia dei territori e l’Italia del futuro

(Italy of the territories, Italy of the future)

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura


requests the pleasure of your company at a concert




by the renowned Italian jazz group

Giovanni Falzone Quintet

at the

Michael Joseph Centre

Safaricom House – Waiyaki Way



Tuesday 23rd October 2012 at 7.00pm.

(doors open at 6.30)


This Jazz Concert which is part of an extended African tour is supported by the Italian Government - Ministry of Foreign Affairs – DGSP [Directorate General for the Country Promotion (economy, culture and science)].

Giovanni Falzone Quintet’s  Around Ornette African tour includes concerts in Addis Abeba, Nairobi, Maputo, Harare and Johannesburg

Space kindly provided by SAFARICOM

Giovanni Falzone Quintet


Around Ornette



·        Giovanni Falzone – trumpet

·        Francesco Bearzatti – tenor saxophone, clarinet

·        Beppe Caruso – trombone

·        Paolino Dalla Porta – double bass

·        Antonio Fusco – drums



Around Ornette is a project dedicated to the great saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman, one of the founders of the free jazz movement in the 1960s; it is a suite consisting of 4 pieces by Coleman alternating with 4 original compositions by Falzone, creating a genuine dialogue in which Falzone's expressive power and versatility interacts with Coleman's lyrical genius.

Playing together with him are his four brilliant and trusted collaborators, Francesco Bearzatti on the tenor saxophone and clarinet, Beppe Caruso on the trombone, Paolino Dalla Porta on the double bass and Antonio Fusco on the drums.


The first time I listened to Ornette Coleman on the Free Jazz album, I was not particularly struck by it. The spontaneity of that double quartet recording did not immediately strike any chords with me but it greatly intrigued me.

I realized that I had missed something in my first encounter with that musician and so I started to get hold of all his albums prior to Free Jazz: I discovered a wonderful world made up of a visionary lyricism that had the power to enchant me every time I listened to it. I fell so much in love with Ornette's musical vision that in order to study it further, I decided to write my undergraduate thesis about him for the Jazz Course at the Milan conservatory which I was just finishing at the time. In the ten years that have passed since then, the desire to devote an entire album to Ornette's genius continued to grow in me.

 I played for years in a symphony orchestra and so I was fortunate enough to absorb many different sounds, especially the music of the twentieth century to which Ornette made a very important contribution. Because of this I wanted my tribute to embrace jazz, the music of the historic and contemporary twentieth century, and all the musical forms that derive from it.


The sound of Around Ornette develops in eight movements: four pieces by Coleman - Blues Connotation, Lonely Woman, Congeniality and Free – intertwined with four of my own compositions - Fuga Mentale, Ornette, King Of The Free and Bourbon Street – the last of which is dedicated to New Orleans and to the strong link with the blues that I have always sensed in Ornette's music.

It is not by chance that the album begins and ends with two pieces strongly linked to this tradition, though filtered through contemporary language; if it is true that everything comes from a single root, I want to start from that to trace my own personal path.

I consider Ornette Coleman to be an absolute leader in modern jazz and this album is my personal thanks to a musician who, with his freedom of expression has managed to make jazz even more infinite. 

Giovanni Falzone

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Giovanni Falzone

The trumpeter and composer Giovanni Falzone began studying the trumpet at the town band music school in Aragona (AG) at the age of 17. Immediately afterwards he enrolled at the “V. Bellini” music Conservatorio in Palermo where he graduated in just four years under the guidance of Maestro G. Ciavarello. He also graduated with distinction from the Jazz course at the "G. Verdi" Conservatorio in Milan.

From 1996 to 2004 he collaborated on a regular basis with the Milan Symphony Orchestra and had the opportunity to play with conductors and soloists of international fame, such as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Chailly, Yutaka Sado, Luciano Berio, Vladimir Jurowski and Valery Gergiev. Since 2004 he has devoted himself definitively to jazz music and composition, winning numerous prizes: BEST TALENT Umbria Jazz Clinics 2000, “DJANGO D’OR 2004”  Best New Talent, TOP JAZZ 2004 Jazz  Music Best New Talent, Insound 2008 wind category Trophy, and Accademie Du Jazz 2009  (2nd in the Best European Musician category). He has brought out the following albums as composer, arranger and band-leader: “Music For Five” (2002), “Big Fracture” (2003), “Earthquake Suite” (2004), “Suite For Bird” (2005), “Meeting In Paris” (2006), “R-Evolutin Suite” (2007) “Stylus Q.” (2008) and “Around Jimi” (2010). He has been teaching instrumental and ensemble jazz music at the “G. Verdi” Conservatorio in Milan since 2005 and at the “G. Verdi” Conservatorio in Como since 2008 and has collaborated on individual instrument and ensemble courses at New York University Florence, alternating solo playing with composing.


INFORMATION: +39 06 80241281

Musica per Roma Press Office tel. 0039 06-80241574 – 231 – 228


Italian Institute of Culture
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Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Times: 7.00pm

Place: Michael Joseph Centre

Organized by: IIC Nairobi - Ministry of Foreign Affaris - Rome

In collaboration with: Space kindly donated by Safaricom

Free entry


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