Favata - Mirra - Kouaté

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

Combine together three original instrumentalists with three far-off music cultures, put it together with a no-boundary style improvisation language, mix it all up and there it is the recipe of the musical trio made up of Pasquale Mirra the unflagging vibraphonist in between Italian new think and electronic jazz, the alchemist of percussion, singing and African ethnic instruments Dudù Kouaté and the saxophonist Enzo Favata experimenter of archaic and modern language, at the border between Coltrane, folklore and electronics.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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ENZO FAVATA

Soprano sax, bass clarinet, ethnic woodwind instruments, live electronics

His soprano sax and bass clarinet have a distinctive voice that he blends with live electronics and ethnic woodwind instruments.

In his long career he played with his projects in many prestigious festivals and stages around the world.

He played and recorded with great musicians: Dino Saluzzi, Enrico Rava, Miroslav Vitous, Mulatu Astatke, Sajnkho Namtchylak, Lester Bowie, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Guinga, the Metropole Orkest, Dave Liebman, Omar Sosa, Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset, Django Bates, Paolo Vinaccia, Daniele Di Bonaventura, Danilo Gallo, Tenores di Bitti and Tenores di Orosei (megalithic voices of Sardinia), singer Dudu Manhenga, Hope Masike, Ivan Mazuze, Colin Steele and Dave Milligan and many others. Currently boast 17 CDs to his credit.

On 2017 JazzIT Awards he was nominated among the best 3 Italian jazz soprano players.

Favata is also the artistic director of the International Jazz Festival MUSICA SULLE BOCCHE, which has been held for 17 years in Santa Teresa Gallura (Sardinia) and is one of the most famous events of the Italian jazz scene, characterized both for its ever-innovative program as well as its sensitivity to topics such as environment and landscape.

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PASQUALE MIRRA

Vibraphone

His is considered one of the most engaging and active vibraphonist of the actual national and international musical scene.

He boasts several engagements with musicians like Hamid Drake, with whom collaborates on different projects both in America and Europe. In 2005 he became member of the association Bassesfere, a musician’s collective involved in developing and spreading improvised music.

He worked together with the band Mop Mop and he took part at the creation of the soundtracks of the movie “To Rome with Love”, directed by Woody Allen.

At the moment he is busy with an educational project based on the creation of musical instruments through the recycle of materials.

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DUDÙ KOUATÉ

Percussions

Mohamadou Kouaté, also known as Dudù was born in Dakar, Senegal, from a family of griot, West African storytellers whose role is to preserve the musical and cultural African tradition throughout the time.

He arrived in Italy in 1988, in Messina, where he started his career as percussionist, singer and dancer. Today Kouatè is a multi-instrumentalist musician that plays with different ensembles and got on the stage of some of the most important Italian music festivals.

The relentless pursuit of the sound (sound of elements) drives him to always new and interesting experiences in the world of music. He is recognized for enhancing traditional instruments, especially percussion, where he succeed in integrating them in musical context that are diversified from each other.

Since 2017 he is permanent member of the historical band Art Ensemble of Chicago.

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