Italian and Swiss jazz music brings together young Italian musicians from Italy and Switzerland together with Italian masters and professionals of the international jazz scene. This is the first edition of the Italian&Swiss Jazz Festival, which will be held in Basel from 10 to 16 May and aims to promote both Italian music across the border and to relaunch the Italian system and its culture and entertainment sector, strongly marked by pandemic.
The Festival was born from the collaboration of the Consulate of Italy in Basel and the Comites of Basel, with the patronage of the Embassy of Italy in Switzerland and the funding of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic and will be hosted in the splendid rooms of the Jazz Campus in Basel, a symbolic place of the jazz community in the world. The aim is to train and show young Italian talents to the international public and at the same time to strengthen the dissemination of the cultural products of our country.
During the week dedicated to jazz music, workshops, masterclasses and recordings will be held under the guidance of the artistic director of the Festival Ugo Viola and the master and composer Andrea Ravizza, and Italian professionals from the international jazz scene will be hosted – Adriano Bassanini, Attilio Berni (director of the Saxophone Museum), Fulvio Chiara, Claudio Chiara, Bernardino Fantini, Alfredo Laviano – who will support young musicians in their training. It will also be organized a virtual exhibition entirely dedicated to jazz of the paintings of the musician and artist Alfredo Laviano.
The young people chosen for participation in the Festival will be six – Carmen Lina Ferrante, Vittorio Vicari, Gianni Gagliardi, Fabio Gioacchino, Lucio Marelli and Francesco Losavio – and they will have the opportunity to record, at the end of the path, an unreleased album and to perform in a grand final concert on Sunday 16 May, on the pieces composed especially for the Italian&Swiss Jazz Festival by the composer Ravizza, which will be broadcast in live streaming for free and accessible to all from the official Facebook page of the Festival. During the concert, the official graphics of the Festival, Giorgia Molinari, will perform a live drawing performance that will accompany the jazz music of our musicians with the drawing.