The Crossing

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The multi-instrumentalist musical maverick Enzo Favata brings a new band to the international scene. The Sardinian saxophone wizard has an unquenchable spirit of adventure, and here he is with a new band that makes his music seem even more vital and essential. It’s a fresh musical mix, with vibraphone, electric bass, synth, live electronics and drums creating wonderfully light and springy atmospheres for Favata’s soaring soprano, and lovely deep burnished clarinet.

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To interpret new suggestions and new sound colours, Enzo Favata has gathered the bassist and composer Rosa Brunello, a young but well-known musician of the new Italian jazz, skilled both on electric bass and live electronics. At the vibraphone Pasquale Mirra, considered one of the masters of this instrument. Completes the quartet Marco Frattini on drums and drums machine.

The music opens up to the world of new generations and sounds of the current music, but always with a vision that engages with the magical realism of the poetics of the multi-instrumentalist Enzo Favata. The sound alternates between electronic music, Jazz, cosmic rock, Ethiopian and Balinese sounds, in a kaleidoscope of colours and melodies.

In just over a year, the band has had great success in a Japanese tour, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Novara European Jazz Conference, a South American tour in November/December where he played in various cities in Brazil and at the Montevideo Jazz Festival. Excellent start in 2020 where he will return to Asia and Africa for a series of concerts. She has been invited to some of the most important European and Italian Jazz Festivals.

About his music it has been defined by the Japanese press as:
a visionary music with the wild taste of the Mediterranean, which blends with the hypnotic rhythms of Ethiopia and the Balinese atmospheres, mixed with skilful use of electronics and improvisation. A unique poetic sound power, Italian jazz always offers us some great surprises, but this band is really brilliant”.

THE ELECTRIC QUARTET AND THE ALBUM

A new album recorded after several shows in the summer of 2020. Enzo Favata The Crossing is a quartet with a progressive and contemporary attitude, mixing complex layers and themes, a travel in space and time, jazz, urban atmospheres, African and Mediterranean roots, electronica, krautrock and many other different styles. Enzo Favata, a maverick musician, producer, one of the most respected artists in the Italian jazz scene, has joined forces with Pasquale Mirra (vibraphone and midi marimba), Marco Frattini (drums) and Rosa Brunello (electric bass and double bass). There is a special care and research in sound and production a balance between jazz interplay and dynamics, live recordings and studio sessions.

The Crossing is the band I was looking for since a long time, tells Enzo Favata, And I needed jazz players that had a new feeling and approach to compositions. Concert after concert the quartet reached a new dimension and tightness, a real band in all its aspects and the main goal was to transfer this energy into an album. I achieved this through a mix of live recordings and additional production, overdubs of keyboards and analogue synths of the 70s and other guests that provided an orchestral feeling, like the strings from Salvatore Maiore and Maria Vicentini, the cinematic vocals of Ilaria Pilar Patassini, Marcello Peghin’s electric guitar and the Chinese master of guzheng, Zhan Qian. In the studio session in February 2021 we recorded two tracks, “For Turiya” written by Charlie Haden for Alice Coltrane and a new electronic hi-energy song, “Black Lives Matter” with sampled vocals from Malcolm X, Fela Kuti and Steve Biko, a strong stand against racism, a long time problem still actual, and dedicated to the struggle of black people.

The album opens with “Roots” by Ian Carr’s Nucleus, legend of British jazz rock and Canterbury sound, that leads to an original composition, “Turn”, featuring soprano sax, electronic instruments, vintage keyboards and organ, theremin and synths. “Salt Way” is an exploration of “fourth world music” as theorized by Jon Hassell and Brian Eno, without losing the key elements of jazz.

“Oasis” is the final track, where in 12 minutes there is a summary of many elements of the album, the love for African music through the Ethiopian scales played with bass clarinet. The recording was mixed and mastered by senior sound engineer Alberto Erre, with his deep knowledge of analogue gear, filters and compressors and the result is a warm wall of sound that can hardly be obtained with contemporary digital plug ins.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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ENZO FAVATA

Soprano sax, bass clarinet, soprano bandoneon & live electronics
Enzo Favata - The Crossing

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: the master of Argentinian bandoneon Dino Saluzzi, the Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava, the bassist Miroslav Vitous, Mulatu Astatke icon of Ethiopian jazz, Sajnkho Namtchylak ancestral voice of Tuva, the trumpeter Lester Bowie, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Metropole Orkest, the saxophonist Dave Liebman, the Brazilian guitarist Guinga, the pianist Omar Sosa, Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset, Django Bates and other great musicians such as 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, the Scottish musicians Colin Steele and Dave Milligan and many others. Currently he has 16 cd active.

He is also author of “sound landscapes” performances for museums and exhibitions, movie’s soundtracks. 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 the topics such as the environment and the landscape.

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PASQUALE MIRRA

Marimba midi, samplers, & live electronics
Pasquale Mirra - The Crossing

Pasquale Mirra 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. Nominated best italian vibraphonist by the specialised magazine JazzIT since 2014 to 2019, among thebest musicians in 2014 and 2015 by the magazine Musica Jazz.

He recorded more than 40 albums and collaborated with musicians such us Michel Portal, William Parker, Ballakè Sissoko, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Nicole Mitchell, Rob Mazurek, Butch Morris, Chad Taylor, Hank Roberts, Ernst Rjisenger, Tristan Honsinger, Samba Tourè, Jeff Parker and many more.

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ROSA BRUNELLO

Electric bass, synth & live electronics
Rosa Brunello - The Crossing

Rosa Brunello is a rising star of modern jazz.

Her third CAM JAZZ release is a supremely confident set of modern themes, with instrumental skill augmented with electricity and effects, greatly expanding the music’s colour palette and textures Sounds, images, unexpected scenes that enrich each new production of Rosa Brunello always bring the ability to enjoy nature and art.
The spiral search for sound is not intended to change, on the contrary, it is to avoid moving away from beautiful things, from blue skies, from clouds and dew.

She released 3 albums in her name for the international label Cam Jazz. Her activity as a bassist led her to play and collaborate with numerous musicians, including: Kelvin Scholar, Maurice Louca, Yazz Ahmed, Francesco Bearzatti, Pietro Tonolo, Jure Pukl, Giovanni Guidi, Mederic Collignon, Enrico Terragnoli, Zeno De Rossi, Tommaso Cappellato, Elena Camerin Young, Alessia Obino, Camilla Battaglia, Enzo Carniel, Attila Gyarfas, Stefano Tamborrino, Piero Bittolo Bon, Alfonso Santimone, Marco Iacampo, Peace Diouf, Moulaye Niang, Mark Pringle, Aaron Castrillo.

She has performed throughout Italy and Austria, Switzerland, Germany, England, Spain, France, Belgium, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Holland.

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MARCO FRATTINI

Drums & samplers
Marco Frattini - The Crossing

He started studying drums at a very young age.

He specialized in jazz language under the guidance of great masters, in Italy and the United States, where he studied at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory in Boston (with Bob Moses, Terri Lyne Carrington, Skip Hadden, John Ramsay).

His swirling activity led him to collaborate with numerous artists belonging to the world of jazz (Pietro Tonolo, George Garzone, Howard Levy, Nigel Price, Ross Stanley, Štefan Bartuš, Tom Kirkpatrick, Randy Bernsen, Flavio Boltro, Max Ionata, Fabio Morgera, Giovanni Amato …), and not only (Omar Lye-Fook, James Thompson, Marco Sabiu, Joseph Bowie, Will Weldon Robertson, M + A, Santa Margaret …), the songwriting (Gianmaria Testa, Max Manfredi …) and of the theater (Alessio Boni, Umberto Scida …)

He has played in England, France, Denmark, Holland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy participating in important national and international festivals and competitions (Glastonbury Festival, Babel Med, Roskilde Festival, Norwich Sound & Vision, Eurosonic Festival, Simple Thing Festival, MTV Days, Reeperbahn Festival, Nitra Jazz Festival, Jazz Fair 2018, Bologna Jazz Festival, Fabrizio De Andrè Award, Bassano Opera Festival, Crossroads, BIA, Jazzahead! Festival, Tenco Award, Folkest, Tango Y Mas, roBOt Festival …) and various radio and television programs (MTV Days, RAI 2 Tenco evening, RAI 3 Gazebo, RADIO 2 Caterpillar, RADIO 3 The Third Ring and Fahrenheit …)

He has over fifty recordings and various musical and theatrical productions.

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