Torino City of Jazz

“The Torino Jazz Festival has grown even more in 2016” says Stefano Zenni, Director of the music festival. “Growth particularly in artistic terms: the productions of ‘The Pursuer’ with Vinicio Marchioni and the Francesco Cafiso quartet, the one of Roy Paci with Hindi Zahra, of Pulse with Max Cascci, Daniele Mana and Emanuele Cisi and the exclusive Birdman with a live performance by Antonio Sanchez, show how the festival is able to present new ideas and new links between the arts that have met the public’s approval.  And the city seems more involved than ever: the fact that tickets at nearly all the concerts were sold out even on weekdays, the throngs of people going to very different events such as the Fringe, the Jazz Club Torino and the Manouche in Via Roma, and the attention to music in the districts or even the many people who attended the music meditations of Dimitri Grechi Espinoza in the new setting of the church of Gran Madre, tell us – continues Zenni – that the Festival came into people’s lives.  The warm reception given by young Italians to the morning proposals confirms that the music culture of our country, for performers and public alike, is in full development, and the Torino Jazz Festival now forms an original and essential part”.

The 2016 Jazz Festival took over the city for ten days – between two important bank holidays, Liberation Day on 25 April and May Day – totalling over 200,000 visitors.

The sounds of jazz drew residents and tourists to Piazza Castello and to the indoor spaces of theatres, cinemas and various venues, bringing Torino to life, helped by the success of the always-open museums.  After the holiday of 25 April, on Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 the Festival events continued in the indoor spaces, selling all seats every evening.  Of the many concerts, one particularly outstanding performance came from the Tim Berne quintet.

Even the May 1st weekend was no less a success, despite the poor weather.  An exciting double gig byDimitri Grechi Espinoza on 29 and 30 April in the new setting of the Gran Madre was a great success with the audience.

Saturday 30 April, on International Jazz Day, a crowd of fans enjoyed what was considered from the outset the chief event of the 2016 programme: the film “Birdman” by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu at Cinema Massimo with live music by the drummer Antonio Sanchez.  The TJF’s original productions were triumphs:‘Pursuer’ with Vinicio Marchioni and the Francesco Cafiso quartet, Roy Paci with Hindi Zahra, Pulse! with Max Casacci, Daniele Mana and Emanuele Cisi, and Battista Lena with ‘Ultimo cielo’.  Apart from the presence of major international artists, the programme also had the merit of grandstanding the many Italian artists becoming established internationally, such as Fabrizio Bosso, Paolo Russo, Rosario Giuliani, Enrico Rava, Gianluca Petrella, Flavio Botto, Petra Magoni and Ferruccio Spinetti.

The TJF was also the stage for an array of young Italian artists: the Orchestra Nazionale Jazz Giovani Talenti conducted by Paolo Damiani, together with Alessandro Lanzoni, Simone Graziano, Stefano Tamborrino, Gabriele Evangelista and the Multikulti project directed by Cristiano Calcagnile.

Then there were the original, intriguing and successful events combining fashion with the sounds of jazz at Cap10100, the performance of dance, music and contemporary art at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, the Giansone exhibition at Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana and the six concerts for Quartieri in Jazz.

This year the TJF once again gave the soundtrack to Liberation Day, thus accompanying the inauguration of the Polo del ‘900.

On the final day, May 1, a variety of performers took to the stage: the Artchipel Orchestra of Ferdinando Faraò with a project dedicated to the Soft Machine, Yilian Cañizares, the incandescent notes of Giovanni Falzone with the Contemporary Orchestra which presented a striking reinterpretation of the legendary Led Zeppelin and lastly, to close the 2016 TJF, the Incognito who had opened the concert by honouringPrince with his “Purple Rain”.

Exceptional crowds also at TJF Fringe, organised by Furio Di Castri. Starting on 22 April, the day of “total Fringe” which inaugurated the Torino Jazz Festival, it continued through to the grand finale at the Quadrilatero Romano on 30 April – the UNESCO International Jazz Day.

Over 250 musicians and performers trod the various “stages” of the Fringe – from the barge in the middle of the river for Music on the River, to the concerts at the Night Towers, the Palco Fringe in Piazza Vittorio, the Dance & Cooking area, and then the many venues and squares in the city of Torino – in the over 100 concerts and performances programmed.  Some of the prominent names among the “Fringe artists” were the acclaimed American pianist Robert Glasper whose show sold out, the alchemy of the duo Food withGianluca Petrella, the reunion of the Lingomania thirty years after their debut album, and the exceptional female artists who gave their “magic touch” to this year’s TJF Fringe: Rita Marcotulli, Maria Pia De Vito, Marije Nie, Nuria Sala Grau, Wallis Bird and many other Italian and international musicians that enthralled an always attentive and captivated public.

“After five successive years it can be said that the Torino Jazz Festival is one of the most important cultural events of our citysaid the Councillor for Culture, Tourism and Promotion of the CityThe work done means that the future of this great event looks promising, whose increasingly successful formula achieves two important goals: get the world of jazz known to everyone and have Torino seen as one of the most dynamic and interesting cities in Italy.  Reasons that I believe and hope this opportunity must be cultivated in the future.  It is a cultural investment reaping rewards for everyone and a benefit to our territory’s image.  A commitment made possible thanks to the confidence shown by our valuable partners, who I would like to thank once again: Iren, Intesa San Paolo, Poste Italiane, Toyota Lexus and Seat Pagine Gialle.”