One of the great trumpet players in the world, the prolific jazz musician Paolo Fresu, which has more than 300 records, performed live in Bucharest on May 14, together with the virtuoso guitar player Ralph Towner, which is known since he was playing in the praised band Oregon.
The two acclaimed artists presented the album Chiaroscuo, an outstanding musical cooperation in this jazz event which is part of the Jazz Syndicate Live Sessions. The event took place on May 14 at the Radio Hall in Bucharest. Chiaroscuro album consists in a musical virtuosity demonstration, but it’s actually more than that: it’s an accidental meeting of two artists, whose mutual respect revealed them the path to a wonderful collaboration.
Chiaroscuro brings together Ralph Towner and the trumpet player Paolo Fresu; they knew each other at a festival in Sardinia, 15 years ago. Like most of the albums produced by Towner in cooperation with another artist, Chiaroscuro is both a demonstration of an excellent technique and an opportunity for musical interaction.
The concert held by the two artists was opened by Jazzappella band, which approach jazz – pop standards with daring vocal arrangements, in a powerful manner or full of lyricism and emotion. The band is formed by Ana Bancescu – soprano, Marina Arsene – soprano, Tereza Catarov – alto, Zoltan Andras – tenor, Alexandru Grajdeanu – baritone, Csaba Gaspar – bass.
Born in 1961 in Sardinia, Italy, Paolo Fresu started to play trumpet when he was 11 years old, following the Cagliari Conservatory courses later. Shortly after graduating the conservatory, he began to receive various awards, including the prestigious l’Academie du Jazz or Django D’Or. Reproducing a similar sound to the Miles Davis period of ’50, Fresu has created his own personality, naturally playing in any style, from jazz to fusion. Between recordings and concerts, Fresu also activates as the artistic director of the jazz festival in his hometown, Berchida, namely Time in Jazz Festival, being a song writer for cinema and ballet, too.
Ralph Towner (born in 1940) is an American multi-instrumentalist, song writer, music producer and orchestra leader. He plays at double-six guitar, classical guitar, piano, synthesizer, percussion and trumpet.
Being best known as the guitar player and composer of the Oregon jazz ensemble, Towner also has a rich and diversified solo career, marked by unforgettable music collaborations with great modern musicians, such as Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Egberto Gismonti, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek and Gary Peacock.