What would happen if Ornette was sunbathing in Cuba? Maybe Passing Notes.
Entirely composed and arranged by Gaspare De Vito, “Passing Notes” is inspired by the tradition of improvised jazz and the sacred rhythms of Cuban “regla de ocha” fused together to make a surprising new sound. The cyclical rhythms of “regla de ocha” mixed with the unusual harmonic/melodic texture of the improvised tradition; old opposites meet and the path to connect them is revealed.
Gaspare De Vito, altosax, flute, loopstation
Nijen Antonio Coatti, trombone, euphonium, shells
Roberto Bartoli, doublebass
Danilo Mineo, congas, marimba
GASPARE DE VITO - ALTOSAX, FLUTE
Born in Napoli (Italy) in 1978. Mostly self-taught. He has collaborated with several musicians such as Giancarlo Schiaffini, Zeduardo Martins, Francesco Cusa, Paolo Sorge, Alvin Curran, Eugenio Colombo, Tristan Hosinger, Fabrizio Puglisi, Vincenzo Vasi, Beppe Scardino, Antonio Coatti, Federico Squassabia, Alma Jazz Orchestra, Arthur Miles, Roberto Bartoli, Mirko Sabatini, Lullo Mosso, Marco Dal Pane, Luisa Cottifogli, Vonn Washington, Maisha Grant, April Randall, Roberto Rossi, Fernando Tchika, Steve De Swath and others. He has played at several jazz festivals well known in the international jazz scene like the Jazzy Jam, Cassero Jazz Festival, Dozza Jazz, Crossroads, Angelica Festival, Trentennale del Treno di Cage, Festival Brasiliano, Avantgarde Jazz to quote some of the most famous. He has played with various bands as leader and sessionman in Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Finland, Sweden, Estonia.
NIJEN ANTONIO COATTI - TROMBONE, SHELLS
Born in S.Gallen (Switzerland) in 1962. After gaining his diploma from the Conservatoire in trombone he begins a personal journey which leads him to play alongside musicians such as Misha Mengelberg, Tony Coe, Chris Cutler, Phil Minton, Wolter Wierbos. He takes part in festivals like Musica Strasburgo, Sagra Malatestiana Rimini, Belga jazz Festival Bruxelles, Dimitra Salonicco, Sixth festival of experimental music London, Musicos ante Pantalla Valencia, Magnetische Resonanz Berlino Sagra musicale Umbra Perugia, Ravenna Festival, Angelica Bologna, Ring Ring Belgrado, Synch Atene. Gerard composes music for theatrical productions and film soundtracks.
ROBERTO BARTOLI - DOUBLEBASS
Born in Imola (Italy) in 1953. Graduated in Doublebass from the Conservatoire of Pesaro in 1980, he went on to study jazz composition and arrangement with Bruno Tommaso. He has worked with numerous musicians including T. Lama, G. Trovesi, G. Mirabassi, F. Meloni, M. Negri, M.Tamburini, S. Zanchini and E. Fioravanti, amongst others, and regularly participates at international festivals in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Russia, Lebanon and Tunisia. Roberto has released the following CDs: “Amaremandorle” with the band T.A.O. and Paolo Fresu, “Terre di mezzo” with trio Rodriguez-Zanchini-Bartoli, “Faro” with E. Rodriguez, S. Zanchini and E. Fioravanti and “Anche se solo un miraggio, ci vuole coraggio”, a suite for doublebass + computer and others. He has taken part in the following festivals: Clusone, Rossini opera festival, Cassero Jazz, Sagra Musicale Malatestiana, Carpino Folk Festival, Crossroads, Jazz u Lapidariju, Black&White Festival, Pravda Festival, Cristal Festival, Maaseik, Beirut, Tunis, Seville, Valencia, Geneva, Bern, Munich, Stockholm, Bruxelles, Graz, Ljubljana, Maribor, Graz and many others.
DANILO MINEO - PERCUSSIONS
Born in Modica (Italy) in 1977. Graduated in percussion from the AMM National School, Milan under the direction of Franco Rossi, Luca Turolla and Marco Catinaccio. He has taken part in many work-shops and seminars with internationally known musicians such as ; Horacio el Negro Hernandez, Trilok Gurtu, Arto Tunçboyacijan, Luis Agudo, Mhoamed Akdour, Dom Famularo. Danilo has worked with many other bands and musicians including: Giancarlo Schiaffini, Guglielmo Pagnozzi, Roy Paci, Victor Valdez, Dudu’ Kuate, Sal Rosselli, Giorgio Casadei and Orchestra Automatica, Mas Salsera, Mop Mop, Tuklata and many more. He has also taken part at the Metronome International Festival and several other Latin-American festivals around the country.