DINAMITRI OPEN COMBO (a 14 musicians ensemble) in a residence organized by Pisa Jazz on 3 and 4 January 2019, produced the present recording: Mappe per l'Eden , a musical research project that unifies two of the most significant groups of the Italian jazz scene of the last twenty years. The CD is the result of a communion of intents, a reflection on music, its origins and place in the society. The album is dedicated to all those who carry home in their heart, wherever they go.
Mappe per l’Eden is a musical research project that unifies two of the most significant groups of the Italian jazz scene of the last twenty years: it is indeed the fusion between Dinamitri Jazz Folklore and Open Combo, two realities that - apart from sharing some of their musicians –- do share the same approach to research, privileging the social nature of musical practice. “Eden” reconstructs and elaborates the musical evolution from the origins of mankind, revealing that red thread that connects the music of people and periods apparently distant one from another. Taking inspiration from the genetic and linguistic drift researches of Cavalli Sforza, applied to music by Grauer (pupil of Alan Lomax), and admiring these genetic, linguistic and musical maps that are designed by the migrations of the primitive people, revealing unexpected bonds between cultures and people at the antipodes of the world, we thought a rightful reflexion was due on the contemporary world and on how today’s migrations can be reconsidered in the light of positive signs given by any cultural encounter and exchange, never forgetting that ever since humanity may only survive on our planet if united in this cosmic journey. From a musical perspective we search for those elements that are common to many, if not all sorts of music in the world, using them like cells to develop with contemporary sensibility and actuality. The result is an intense and empathetic music, ritual and cathartic, dispensary of exactly that joint sharing that should be at the base of any society calling itself an evolved one (Francesco Mariotti - Pisa Jazz).
TONY CATTANO (trombone) He graduated at Istituto Musicale "V. Bellini" (Catania), got into jazz during the Siena Jazz summer clinics with Giorgio Gaslini, Paolo Fresu, Tony Oxley, Franco D’Andrea. Tony playeds, with Orchestra Jazz del Mediterraneo, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Tony Scott, Gianluca Petrella, Eddie Henderson, Don Byron, John Tchicai, Keith Tippett, Tiziana Ghiglioni, David Liebman, Lawrence Butch Morris,Giancarlo Schiaffini, Eugenio Colombo, Pietro Tonolo, Giovanni Guidi, Dan Kinzelman, Mauro Ottolini, Cristina Zavalloni, Ettore Fioravanti, Roberto Bellatalla, Roy Paci & Aretuska. a.o.
CRISTIANO ARCELLI (alto, soprano saxes and flute) MD in sax from Conservatorio of Perugia, he studied jazz and improvised music with Gabriele Mirabassi, taking part to Siena Jazz summer clinics . In 2000 and in 2002 won the Barga jazz competition. Cristiano took part to European jazz contest in Bruxelles. He played in several important festivals: Casa del jazz (Roma), Umbria jazz, Terni Jazz, Umbria jazz Winter edition, Saalfelden (Austria), Beijing International Jazz Festival (China), Grenoble Jazz en Isère (France), Festival Jazz in Amiens (France), Ravenna Festival, Todi Arte, Venice Film Festival , Jazz Hoeilart (Belgium), Young Jazz in Town, Roccella Jonica Festival and collaborate with ,Ramberto Ciammarughi, Marco Tamburini, George Garzone, Stefano Battaglia, Pietro Tonolo, Riccardo Zegna, John Betsch, Luciano Titi, Alfred Kramer, Marcello Di Leonardo. a.o.
PIERO BITTOLO BON (alto, alto sax, alto clarinet, flute) One of the most original voices among contemporary jazz in Italy and abroad. Sophisticated composer and talented multi instrumentalist (on saxes clarinets and electric bass), with a powerful sound and personal phrasing, Piero has an intense live activity as band leader or collaborator with Danilo Gallo, Zeno de Rossi, Stefano Senni, Francesco Bigoni, Massimiliano Sorrentini, Achille Succi, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Tiziano Tononi, Giovanni Maier, Simone Massaron, Silvia Bolognesi, John De Leo, Anthony Braxton, Uri Caine, Peter Evans, Steve Lehman, John Tchicai, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Lukas Ligeti, Gino Robair, Jessica Lurie, Andrew Drury, Neil Leonard, Ernest Dawkins, Vincent Davis, Craig J. Green, Tristan Honsinger, Gerhard Gschloessl, Christian Lillinger, Mark Solborg, Marc Lohr, Lisa Mezzacappa, Jason Levis, a.o.
DIMITRI GRECHI ESPINOZA (Tenor Sax) He was born in Moscow in 1965. He attended Jazz Mobile in New York and completed high professional qualification courses at Siena jazz with Pietro Tonolo. In 1999 he founded the musical research group Dinamitri Jazz Folklore. In August 2001 he was invited to play at the Pan-African festival in Brazzaville (Congo). From March 2002 to 2003 he collaborated with Goma Parfait Ludovic, director of the Congolese company Yela wa, in the research on the tradition of African healing music with seminars and shows. Since 2004, he has carried out his activity mainly in two directions: the application of the results of research on traditional cultures to the music of the Dinamiti Jazz Folklore group, and to the solo concert "Oreb", in addition to the teaching activity. In 2011 he participated in the "Festival Au Desert" in Mali, and from 2012 to 2014 he directed the project "Azalai-Carovana Musica" with which he played in some of the largest European festivals.
ROSSANO EMILI (baritone sax) Graduated in saxophone at the F. Morlacchi Conservatory in Perugia, as specialist in baritone sax, he played with the RAI Symphony Orchestra and the Perugia Symphony Orchestra. For a long time he was part of the contemporary music group Artisanat Furieux Ensemble. He currently collaborates with Sentieri Selvaggi, ensemble directed by Carlo Boccadoro. He has worked several times in theatrical performances and has made radio and television recordings. He plays in the Perugia Jazz Orchestra, in Interamnia Jazz Orchestra, Bruno Tommaso Orchestra, Italian Instabile Orchestra. He has played with Paul Motian, Louis Andriessen, Tony Scott, Gunther Schuller, Paolo Fresu, Maurizio Gianmarco and others. He is part of the big band of Barga Jazz and of the Proxima Centauri Orchestra of Giorgio Gaslini, of the quartet of saxophones Arundo Donax with Pietro Tonolo, Mario Raja and Pasquale Laino. He has recorded several CDs with these ensembles for Splasc (h), at BMG, EGEA. He holds the chair of saxophone at the Bari Conservatory.
BEPPE SCARDINO (baritone sax) After a heterogeneous course of study, he graduated in jazz at the Martini Conservatory of Bologna with a thesis on the latest Coltrane. He collaborated for years with the Cosmic Band and Il Bidone groups, with trombonist Gianluca Petrella, and with whom he had the opportunity to perform in the major Italian and European jazz festivals. Member of the Plutino trio of drummer Bobby Previte, he has played and recorded with artists such as Tim Berne, Amiri Baraka, Sadiq Bey, Enrico Rava, Rob Mazurek, Pee Wee Ellis. He plays regularly in the groups: Dinamitri Jazz Folklore, Mr Rencore, On Dog by saxophonist Francesco Bigoni, C’Mon Tigre, L’Orchestrino. He directed a sextet, with which he released two records for the El Gallo Rojo label. He was part of the John De Leo quintet and his Grande Abarasse Orchestra, he played for years with the singer-songwriter Bobo Rondelli, he collaborated, also as an arranger, with the Virginiana Miller, with the singer-songwriter Emma Morton, with the Bad Love Experience, with Mezzala. He plays with the Caliber 35, with which he participated in the presentation tour of his latest work, Decade, in February 2018. He is currently leading a trio and a tentetto in his name.
EMANUELE PARRINI (violin) He is becoming a point of reference in the innovation of improvisational language on the violin. Engaged on several fronts, he shares the experiences of numerous groups of different musical orientation, from the Italian Instabile Orchestra, to the Dinamitri Jazz Folklore, to the groups of Tiziano Tononi and Daniele Cavallanti and has an impressive amount of collaborations: Cecil Taylor, Amiri Baraka, John Tchicai, Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Butch Morris, Marc Ribot and many others .
GABRIO BALDACCI (guitar) Graduated at Bologna Conservatory. In 2005 he joined the Dinamitri Jazz Folklore with which he collaborated first with Sadiq Bey then with Amiri Baraka. In 2006 he founded Mr. Rencore, initially a duo with Daniele Paoletti, then a trio with Beppe Scardino. Since 2010 through the production of Marco Valente for Auand records, Mr. Rencore collaborate with Tim Berne. Since 2007 he has been steadily collaborating with Gianluca Petrella in the Cosmic Band and Tubo Libre groups. He has also played with Bobby Previte, Ken Vandenmark, Rob Mazurek, Ray Handerson, Ohad Talmor, Tony Scott, Dan Waiss, Paolo Fresu, Oren Marshall, Francesco Bearzatti, Goma Porfait, Tartit, Karima Ammar, Zeno De Rossi, Bob Stewart, Cristiano Calcagnile, Giovanni Guidi, Bombino, Mattias Shubert, Mauro Ottolini, Bobo Rondelli, Roberto Bellatalla, is part of Dan Kinzelman's Ghost Horse.
PASQUALE MIRRA (Vibraphone, Percussions). Vibraphonist and composer among the most active in Italian and international jazz. He has recorded numerous CDs and boasts numerous collaborations with national and international musicians. He studied percussion instruments at the Salerno State Conservatory of Music and in 2000 he attended the specialization courses at Siena Jazz. He plays with Hamid Drake in Brittany, Belgium, Italy and France. He performs at the Jazz Festival in Vienne with Mederic Collignon, Napoleon Maddox and Hamid Drake. Participates among others in the Festivals of: Budapest, Berlin, Cormons, Prato, Pisa, Ancona and Florence. In 2008 he graduated from the G.B. Martini in Bologna during the three-year Jazz course and recorded with the Leibniz quartet directed by drummer Nelide Bandello the disc No leader (Jazz Engine). In 2005 he became a member of the Bassesfere Association, a collective of musicians committed to developing and disseminating improvised music, performing in Bologna, Imola and Rome. He collaborated with the Mop Mop group and took part in the music of the American director Woody Allen's film To Rome with Love. He performed as a quinted with Hamid Drake, Jeff Parker, Jeb Bishop, Joshua Abrams at the Vision Festival in New York (June 2012) PAOLO PEE WEE DURANTE (clavinet) Roots, Blues, Jazz, Funk musician. Alongside Bluesman of the caliber of Nick Becattini and Rudy Rotta treading the stages of some of the most important clubs and festivals in Europe. Over time, he has opened up his musical sensitivity to electronics, synths, and the use of music software for composition and sound research. Instrument and Ensemble Music teacher at Pistoia Blues Clinics 2017. External teacher of ensemble music at the IPSAR state school in Pisa 2011. Specialized in the use of Hammond, Vintage Keyboards, and Synth. He plays on the most important stages in Europe (Nattjazz, Lucca Summer, Pistoia Blues, Pala Algida Rome, Forum di Assago etc.). He has numerous record collaborations to his credit. He has played and recorded with: Tony Scott, Ben E King, Eddie Floyd, The Miracles, Percy Sledge, Martha Reeves, Amiri Baraka, Karima Ammar, Bombino and many more. SILVIA BOLOGNESI (Double Bass) Silvia Bolognesi is a double bass player, composer and arranger. Graduated in double bass at the R.Franci Institute of Siena with M°Andrea Granai, perfecting with M°Alberto Bocini, she approached jazz studying at the Siena Jazz Accademy with Paolino dalla Porta, Furio di Castri and Ferruccio Spinetti. The most significant encounters in his musical training are those with William Parker, Muhal Richard Abrams, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Roscoe Mitchell and Antony Braxton. Winner of the "Top Jazz 2010", by “Musica Jazz” as best new talent and in the same year winner of the "In Sound" trophy for double bass category. In 2010 she founded her own label "Fonterossa Records". She leads several bands: Young Shouts, Open Combo, Almond Tree, Xilo Ensemble, Ju-Ju Sounds and Fonterossa Open Orchestra. Since 2009 she is part of the international string trio Hear In Now with Tomeka Reid on cello and Mazz Swift on violin and vocals; with this trio they completed Roscoe Mitchell’s sextet in his Homage to John Coltrane in 2017. She’s part of the "Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary" special project. She teaches double bass and combo class at the Siena Jazz Academy and at “Associazione Mosaico” in Colle Val d'Elsa (Siena). Since 2016 she is part of the "European exchange-Erasmus +" program for the Conservatory of Maastricht (Holland), Tbilisi (Georgia), Riga (Latvia), Birmingham (UK). She runs workshops on Improvisation and "Conduction" since 2008.
ANDREA MELANI (Drums) He studied percussion at the Fiesole school and at Siena Jazz with R. Gatto and E. Fioravanti. He attended the workshops of P. Erskine, J.de Johnette, M. Smith and J. Baron. He has played and recorded with M. Giammarco "Heart Quartet", Dave Liebman Group, Steve Lacy, Horace Parlan, Michael Moore, Enrico Rava, Franco D'Andrea, Pierre Devret, Massimo Urbani, Paolo Fresu, Bruno Tommaso, Enrico Pierannunzi, Giovanni Tommaso, Pietro Tonolo, Mattias Shubert, Gianni Basso, Marco Tamburini, Ed Newmaster, Kenny Wheeler, Rasul Siddik, Tony Scott, Ikue Mori, Gegè Telesforo, JD Allen, Stefano Di Battista, Eddie Henderson, William Parker, James Newton, Sadiq Bey, Phil Marcowitz, Vic Juris, Carlo Monni, Stefano Battaglia, Tino Tracanna, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Amedeo Tommasi, Luca Flores, Antonella Ruggero, Furio Di Castri, Rita Marcotulli, Paolo Dalla Porta, Fabrizio Bosso, Stefano Bollani, Gianluca Petrella, Ares Tavolazzi, Gilad Atzmon, Flavio Boltro, Lee Konitz, Rob Brown, Lewis Barnes, Sabir Maten, Amiri Baraka, Riccardo Zegna.
SIMONE PADOVANI (percussions) After participating in important seminars and workshops with internationally renowned musicians - Miguel "Angà" Diaz, Juan "Medrano" Cotito, Elvin Jones, Horacio (El Negro) Hernandez - he then participates in the workshop on healing music in the African tradition held by Goma Parfait Ludovic. He met the saxophonist Dimitri Grechi Espinoza and in 2004 he joined the Dinamitri Jazz Folklore and collaborated with the poets Sadiq Bey and Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones). In 2007 he joined the Cosmic Band staff directed by trombonist Gianluca Petrella with whom he won the Top Jazz 2009 award as the best line-up of the year. Also in 2007 he is a guest together with Steve Bernstein, Michele Papadia and John de Leo in the album "Kaleido" of the Indigo4 quartet by G. Petrella, a disc that comes out on the Blue Note Records label. Since 2002 he has been collaborating with the Livorno-based singer-songwriter Bobo Rondelli and with the Ottavo Paviglione group. GRIFFIN ALAN RODRIGUEZ (vocals) He has produced and recorded music of all genres (Rock, Jazz, Hip-Hop, World) and has worked as a sound engineer for films, commercials, TV animation etc., as well as being a musician and composer. He began singing in choir as a child in Chicago and then studied electric bass and double bass. He has traveled the world as a musician with a multitude of bands - including his own project Icy Demons born in 2003. From a young age he produced his own music and then continued his studies as an audio engineer at DePaul University in Chicago. While studying at DePaul he continued to work as Chief Live Sound Engineer for the well-known venue "The Hothouse" (Chicago) - also known for the renowned World programming (Cubanism, Ali Farka Toure, Taraf De Haidouks among others), Jazz avant-garde (AACM) and classical chamber ensembles. After graduation he continued to work in the studio and in live shows, founding his own recording studio and label in Chicago (Shape Shoppe - Hobey Your Brain). He collaborated with the band Beirut and produced 3 LPs, including their most recent “The Rip Tide”. After moving to Los Angeles in 2010, he went on to work with world-class artists such as Modest Mouse, Califone and countless others.
DINAMITRI OPEN COMBO from Felmay Shop
1. HONEYCOMB – Piero Bittolo Bon 2. UMANITA' – Dimitri Grechi Espinosa 3. SLIDE ME ON THE MOON – Paolo Durante / testo Griffin Alan Rodriguez 4. EDEN WAS MY HOME – Cristiano Arcelli) 5. I'M A REFUGEE / HOPE – Dimitri Grechi Espinosa /Silvia Bolognesi