Tommaso Starace Quartet
‘Italian Short Stories’ – Tommaso Starace plays the photos of Gianni Berengo Gardin
Tommaso Starace – alto and soprano saxophones
John Turville – piano
Al Swainger – bass
Chris Nickolls – drums
Saxophonist Tommaso Starace returns with a newly recorded project which will soon be released on Universal Records: ‘Italian Short Stories – Tommaso Starace Quartet plays the photos of Gianni Berengo Gardin’.
An aficionado of black and white photographs, the italian saxophonist completes his second Jazz/Photograph CD. Ten years earlier he had explored the iconic photos of Magnum Photographer Elliott Erwitt. This time Starace explores the world of one of the most celebrated Italian Photographers considered ‘The Cartier-Bresson’ of his country.
Winner in 2008 of the Lucie Award, one of the most prestigious prices in the world of Photography, Berengo Gardin has published more then 210 books and he’s famous particularly for having taken pictures in Italy from the 40s up until now. Starace has chosen 14 images from the vast portfolio of Berengo, images that tell a story and that accompanied by the quartet’s music create an atmosphere of ‘cinematic jazz’ for the audience that come along to listen. In concert the photos will be projected onto a screen and backed up by the music of the quartet. In each image there’s a story happening that Starace and his quartet want to narrate through the performance of the music specifically written for each image.
Starace tells us:
‘After 20 years in the UK and notwithstanding my good fortune in living in one of the most beautiful and stimulating cities of the world, London, I had succcumbed to a touch of healthy homesickness and nostalgia for the memories of my childhood.So it was that I felt the need to work with my quartet on compositions with strong melodies, in tune with the elements that make Italian music so famous throughout the world.Improvisation is still present but in a less important role: it is the melodies that accompany and bring to life the images, that tell a tale. Given the large number of pieces, I decided that the pieces should be brief while still leading the listener on a short journey into each photo.Thanks to the images of Gianni Berengo Gardin I have had the good fortune to travel with my immagination through his wonderful photos that led my imagination to Italian cities such as Palermo, Milan, Naples, Venice, Florence … for me it was a leap back into my Italian background and the memories and experiences that infected my music are still a source of delight and contentment. I wish the listener a similar experience’.
On discovering Gianni Berengo Gardin’s images, the Starace quartet took them as a source of inspiration for their compositions, thereby suggesting an evocative key for their interpretation that has the merit of originality and the appeal of conjuring up images ‘. Roberto Mutti ( writer and photograph critic)
Tickets are available from the box office at Lighthouse Poole or online from their website