| Musica Reservata (Italy):
Michael Gassman - trumpet
Vincenzo Mingiardi - guitar
Roberto Bonati - double bass
Roberto Dani - drums
The Italian-Swiss band Musica Reservata was created for Verdi's centenary (2001) during the worldwide live concert via Internet from the Verdi Theatre in Busseto, Và Pensiero Day, when the group performed reformulations of Giuseppe Verdi's music. The next, during the ParmaJazz Frontiere and Jubilaum in Zurich Musica Reservata already presented their works and was well-appreciated by audience and critics. The concert in Zurich was recorded and broadcasted on Swiss TV.
Open to various diverse music experiments Musica Reservata also performs both certain concrete compositions and total improvisations. Concordant international quartet treats improvisation as a closed dialogue and includes in it unusual musical reminiscences, quasi-folk elements, pointed with original rhythm and noise tracery, developed in constant change between the musicians and the audience.
In the late sixties the trumpetist began to distinguish himself as a leader, between his earlier bands there was Michael Gassmann quartet, which still exists.
Having found the richness of Italian jazz, the trumpetist began to work with the musicians of this country, at the same time, having worked in Switzerland with several bands and some individual foreign performers, such as Abdullah Ibrahim. Besides his work with Musica Reservata, M.Gassmann as a leader or co-leader works with his quartet, group Applied Senses, in duet with Stefano Battaglia. He performs in Thomas Silvestri quintet, co-operates with Pierre Favre, Menico Ferrari, Kieloor Entartet, Laszlo Spiro, etc.
M.Gassmann is of extremely high opinion of Miles Davis, so it is not surprising that by his 'economic' manner of playing he continues the traditions of Miles Davis.
Besides his performing with Musica Reservata the guitar player currently record CD with the Indian singer Sangita Bandyopadhyay.
R.Bonaty has performed on professional jazz stage for more than twenty years and from 1996 he is an Artistic Manager of ParmaJazz-Frontiere festival. In 1998 he formed ParmaJazz Frontiere Orchestra and created the following compositions I Love you Porgy (1998), Le Rêve du Jongleur (1999), …poi nella serena luce… Omaggio ad Attilio Bertolucci (2000) and The Blanket of the Dark, a Study for Lady Macbeth (2001).
R.Bonatti is one of the most impressive composers and arrangers, distinctive, according to S.Loewy by his 'Elington-like ambitions and seeking'. Even in the debut album of the Quartet, the compositions of the leader are unique, distinctive by their maturity. The traditions of Italian music are alive in R.Bonati's oeuvre: the musician constantly turns back to the rich musical past of Italy, the medieval traditions and surprises with his ability to combine the old and the new. So in his compositions Grigorian choral performs together with jazzists and in his creative jazz structures are supplemented with rich classic harmony.
In 1994 after the studies at Berklee college that lasted for a couple of months, his work with various rock and folk ensembles R.Dani changed into jazz and improvisation music that he performed with Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Mick Goodrick, Louis Sclavis, Tim Berne, Lee Konitz, Enrico Rava, Richard Galliano, Paolo Fresu, etc. In 1997, during the Jazz a Vienne contest, where he participated with Glauco Venier Trio, the musician won the second prise as a soloist, and in trio he was awarded the first prise.
Besides intensive work with various groups, R.Dani also distinguishes as soloist and the leader of unusually cast groups. In 1998 he formed his first ensemble Images, where such musicians as cellist Henning Sieverts, pianist Glauco Venier and famous singer Norma Winstone performed. In 1999 Splash released their debut CD called Images. In 2000 together with French Michel Godard and American trumpetist Kyle Gregory he formed trio Interférences, that was acknowledged as one of the most innovative contemporary music projects. And this year appeared the third, live-recorded in Olympico theatre personal album of the drummer. In this quartet cast play: clarinettist Louis Sclavis, trumpetist Kyle Gregory, and cellist Vincent Courtois.
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