“Voyage en Sardaigne” is a 1988 project that involved 14 musicians in an imaginary journey that does not follow a precise geographical route, but is a continuous flashback in the frequent journeys within Sardinia with its landscapes, its colors and its faces.
A new show, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the birth of the successful project now borrowed from the same line-up at the time and with the addition of guests who embellish its journey, confirms that idea of a “tradition in transition” music that seeks ways transversal between ancient music and modern languages such as jazz improvisation, classical music and other ethnic influences beyond the sea.
Ancient and modern instruments – launeddas, saxophones, stringed instruments, benas, trunfa, guitars, tenor voices, bandoneons, percussions – coexist, live and with samples, in this concert-show creating an original sound that is enriched by the musician Cypriot Christina Polycarpou, virtuoso player of the lyre, a traditional instrument of the Cypriot tradition with a Middle Eastern flavour.
In his long career he has played with his projects in many prestigious festivals and stages around the world. He has played and recorded with great musicians: Argentine bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi, Enrico Rava, Miroslav Vitous, Mulatu Astatk Trilok Gurtu, Sajnkho Namtchylak ancestral voice of Tuva, trumpeter Lester Bowie, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Metropole Orkest, Dave Liebman, the Brazilian guitarist Guinga, Omar Sosa, Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset, Django Bates and other great musicians from all over the world such as Paolo Vinaccia, Daniele Di Bonaventura, the Tenores di Bitti and the Tenores di Orosei (megalithic voices from Sardinia), singer Dudu Manhenga, Hope Masike, Ivan Mazuze, Scottish musicians Colin Steele and Dave Scottish Colin Steele and Dave Milligan and many more. He currently has 2 active CDs. He is also the author of “soundscapes” performances for museums and exhibitions, film soundtracks. In 2017 at the JazzIT Awards he was nominated among the best 3 Italian jazz sopranists. Favata is also artistic director of the International Jazz Festival MUSICA SULLE BOCCHE, one of the most famous events on the Italian jazz scene, which is characterized both by its always innovative program and by its sensitivity to topics such as the environment and the landscape.
Vibraphone, marimba midi and electronics
Pasquale Mirra is considered one of the most engaging and active vibraphonists on the current national and international music scene. He has various engagements with musicians such as Hamid Drake, with whom he collaborates on various projects both in America and in Europe. In 2005 he joined the Bassesfere association, a collective of musicians committed to the development and dissemination of improvised music. He collaborated with the band Mop Mop and participated in the creation of the soundtracks of the film “To Rome with Love”, directed by Woody Allen.
Acoustic piano, bass synth & synth
One of the most interesting pianists and keyboardists on the Italian scene, Simone Graziano in recent years has been establishing himself above all for his skills as a pianist and composer, giving life to a type of music that is influencing the new generation of Italian musicians.
Born in Florence, he graduated with honors in classical piano under the guidance of Maestro Stefano Fiuzzi at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence. Simultaneously with classical music, he deepened the study of jazz language by attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston and obtaining a master’s degree in jazz composition and arrangement. He studied with masters such as John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Mulgrew Miller, Riccardo Fassi, Enrico Pieranunzi, Stefano Bollani, Franco D’ Andrea, Aaron Goldberg.
Drums & samplers
Marco Frattini began studying drums at a young age. He specialized in the jazz language under the guidance of great masters, in Italy and in the United States, where he studied at the Berklee College of Music and at the New England Conservatory in Boston (with Bob Moses, Terri Lyne Carrington, Skip Hadden, John Ramsay) . His dizzying 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…), songwriting (Gianmaria Testa, Max Manfredi…) and theater (Alessio Boni, Umberto Scida…). He has played in England, France, Denmark, Holland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia, 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 sera, RAI 3 Gazebo, RADIO 2 Caterpillar, RADIO 3 Il Terzo Anello and Fahrenheit…). He has over fifty recordings and several stage performances to his credit.
Born in Nicosia in 1986. She plays and teaches the Cretan lyre with sympathetic strings. He initially studied classical guitar for 6 years; parallel to his studies at the Department of Musicology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki he studied the Istanbul lyre. In 2013 she moved to Crete, where she remained for three years and dedicated herself to the study of the lyre with sympathetic strings, a variant of the Cretan lyre, initially conceived and taught by Ross Daly. She is the artistic director of Labyrinth Cyprus and a member of the organization team of Labyrinth Online. For 4 years he taught lyre in the public music schools of Cyprus. Stayed in Dubai for 7 months (September 2021-April 2022) as a member of the 50-member International Official Music Department of World Expo2020Dubai. He collaborates with Cypriot and foreign musicians from different musical fields (world music, Cretan music, dub and reggae, etc.). Participations: Expo2020Dubai (official music department), Museum of the Future-Dubai (opening ceremony), 3rd and 9th Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase, 16th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival, Reggae Sunjam Festival, MoonWalk (2022), Larnaca Medieval Festival, Fikardou Christmas Village 2022, Cypriot National Commission for UNESCO at Leventis Gallery etc.