This year, Umbria Jazz – one of the most important musical events in the world and, without doubt, the most long-lived, since the first edition was the 1973 – this year, in a billboard full of artists of international renown, has reserved a space to one of the most important exponents of the scenario of the neo-traditional music of our country. On 13 July, in fact, at the Arena Santa Giuliana, will perform Enzo Avitabile, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Naples who throughout his career has explored different musical genres to embrace the traditional Neapolitan musical expressions. The Neapolitan musician articulate and propose a show of experimentation – as we have used for many years now – through the many collaborators who work with him on the stage: from Scorribanda – band of eight horns – the Tarantella Black Band – guitar , drums, bass, keyboards and horns – the legendary Bottari di Portico. These are players of barrels and vats – traditionally played on the carts in honor of St. Anthony – who has a long association with Avitabile assets (which in 2005 was awarded honorary citizenship of Portico di Caserta), and a series of live shows all over the world. The choice of Avitabile opens a new scenario, which we hope will include over time an increasing number of artists working in the field of world music in the programs of the major events. On the other hand – Avitabile showed us with his productions, but also through the Music Life documentary that director Jpnathan Demme has dedicated to him – many artists in the internationally world music scene, not only know and attend (or have attended) jazz, like philosophy, approach, as a framework within which to reorganize an expressive material which, by definition, has an indefinite shape, but also recognize the cultural value of it. A value that – like jazz ‘s lovers know well – is related to the skill of the musicians, but also the popular roots of jazz, like other music of oral tradition, it was developed in close relationship with the very social spheres defined in cultural and, consequently, economic terms. This report is essential and lays the basis for a reflection that may have developments in many perspectives. The organizers of Umbria Jazz have decided to “throw the stone”, to let not only generate consensus around the most marginal musical genres, but also that the general audience beginning to appreciate the potential and the most modern stylistic elements of traditional music.
The full program of the event can be found here.
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