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Godiva Soleva

Godiva Soleva

Marco Santilli / Paolo Alderighi

Label: Mons Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260054555277
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Catalog number: MR 874527
Releasedate: 01-03-12
  • Marco Santilli’s compositional style consciously employs the expressiveness of both classical music and jazz
  • "Godiva Soleva" is thirteen pieces of music, brilliantly performed with clarinet and piano, as well as thirteen atmospherically dense tales. They tell of the art of seduction, of the eradication of the superfluous, and of the bridges built between immigrants in the Leventina valley and those who have reached the Rio de la Plata
  • "Godiva Soleva" is thirteen poetical pearls of chamber jazz, composed and played by Marco Santilli and Paolo Alderighi, two masters of their craft!
While it would be accurate to describe Santilli/Alderighi’s debut album as "chamber jazz", this label does not truly reflect the wide musical range on offer here.
Marco Santilli’s compositional style consciously employs the expressiveness of both classical music and jazz. With an almost dreamlike stylistic assuredness, he creates a framework which brings the colourful sonic spectrum of his clarinet and bass clarinet to light, as well as giving Paolo Alderighi and his piano ample room to breathe.
It is even nicer to let the titles such as “Il tanghero va all’immusonita sciorinando lusinghe” (the bully spreads his flattery before he sulks) slowly melt across your tongue, and then lose yourself in the poetry of the music...
"Godiva Soleva" is thirteen pieces of music, brilliantly performed with clarinet and piano, as well as thirteen atmospherically dense tales. They tell of the art of seduction, of the eradication of the superfluous, and of the bridges built between immigrants in the Leventina valley and those who have reached the Rio de la Plata. They speak of the allure of tender melancholy and joy, and see flashes of great beauty in the smallest of things.
"Godiva Soleva" is thirteen poetical pearls of chamber jazz, composed and played by Marco Santilli and Paolo Alderighi, two masters of their craft!
Paolo was born in Milan in 1980. After getting the diploma at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan and the graduation with honours at the Bocconi University in “Management of the Arts, Culture and Communication”, he devoted himself to jazz music. Winning the prize as best young musician at the Breda Jazz Festival in NL in 2004 he has been invited 5 times to Japan for touring with an international band. He joined the “National Prize of the Arts 2007” organized by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, winning a special prize of the Jury (composed by Giorgio Gaslini, Paolo Fresu and Angelo Lazzeri). Defined “the best jazz pianist rising internationally” by the critic and journalist Franco Fayenz, he reached the second position in the “Top Jazz 2007” referendum organized by the jazz magazine “Musica Jazz” as “Best New Talent” and the first one in the popular referendum “Italian Jazz Awards 2007” as “Brand New Jazz Act”. Paolo performed with musicians well known in the jazz scene (Dan Barrett, Lillian Boutté, Tullio De Piscopo, Isla Eckinger, Dusko Goykovich, Dick Hyman, George Robert, Paolo Tomelleri). Besides giving concerts in Italy as well as abroad he also teaches “Musical Culture” at the Bocconi University in Milan inside the course of “Management of the Arts, Culture and Communication”.

Born in Locarno, the Italian speaking region of Switzerland, Marco was a graduate of the commercial college. He studied the clarinet at the Zurich Music Academy with Hansjürg Leuthold and Heinz Hofer and wind orchestra conducting with Franco Cesarini. After receiving his diploma in orchestral performance and teaching, he became adjunct clarinetist for the orchestra of the Zurich Opera House and for the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Marco earned his soloist diploma with a "First Prize for Virtuosity" from the Lausanne Music Academy, where he had studied with Frédéric Rapin. Workshops with George Robert, Gary Burton/Makoto Ozone, Oliver Ker Ourio, George Gruntz and Ken Peplowski. Marco took part in "Berklee at Umbria Jazz" and Zurich Jazz School programs. Chamber music and concerts with the Zurich Opera Orchestra, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and others. In the realm of jazz, performances at "Estival Jazz" Lugano, the "Montreux Jazz Festival Off" and the "Blues to Bop" Lugano. During his stay in NY: concerts with various groups, among them the Michael Rabinowitz quartet (Mingus Orchestra).