Paolo Fresu & Uri Caine Duo

Paolo Fresu & Uri Caine Duo


Uri Caine is famous for his visionary reinterpretation of classical repertories, started as tribute to Gustav Mahler and continued with Robert Schumann’s Lieder and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Variations by Golberg, published by Winter & Winter. All of these granted Uri such a great success to be invited, to the prestigious Salisburg Classical Festival, with a program dedicated to Mahler. For these experiences Uri chosn variable line-ups, with unexpected appereances, able to compare different musicalities…from European classical tradition to Jazz, Elettronic, Klezmer, rock, qualifying himself as one of the most intelligent and sensitive architects of today’s music.
Not surprising, at this point is the encounter with Paolo Fresu, musician also world wide known for being very attentive to different contemporary sounds.
The two musicians met in 2002 in Berchidda at “Time In Jazz”, Festival directed by Paolo Fresu himself.

During the festival Uri played as guest in various occasions with Paolo and his trumpet. He confessed being completely involved by the sounds and atmospheres of the projects he participated. In those experiences and in this new duo approach, Uri discloses his relationship with Jazz tradition, made of deep knowledge, versatility and respect, which have always been revealed in his numerous sideman appearances. Since his early age in his hometown, Filadelphia, playing with legends as saxophonist Hank Mobely and contemporary colleagues as clarinet player Don Byron, trumpet
player Dave Douglas and violin player Mark Feldman, Uri has always proved to be one of today’s most illuminated and creative artists.
The dialogue with Paolo – essentially based on personal and personalized
interpretation of “dangerous” Jazz standards – is of extremely high quality, intriguing and fascinating even only on paper also for non connoisseurs.
The logical bind is with Keith Jarret’s Trio….the feeling that moves the experiences the same on. Don’t miss it!

Uri Caine was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano there with Bernard Peiffer. He began playing in bands led by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt and Grover Washington. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb. While in school, he played with many of the visiting musicians who played in Philadelphia including Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, Donald Byrd, J.J. Johnson, Stanley Turrentine, and Lester Bowie.
Since moving to New York City, Caine has recorded twelve albums as a leader. His first two CD's "Sphere Music" (JMT/ Polygram 1993) and "Toys" (JMT/Polygram 1995) paid homage to the great jazz pianists Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock. His third CD, "Urlicht/Primal Light" (Winter & Winter 1996), featured arrangements of the
music of Gustav Mahler and won the international ‘‘Composer's Hut'' award for Best Mahler CD of 1997. In "Wagner in Venezia" (Winter & Winter 1997), Caine arranged the music of Richard Wagner for a small ensemble
playing live at the Café Quadri in St. Mark's Square, Venice. His next CD, "Blue Wail" (Winter & Winter 1998), included original compositions for Jazz piano trio and featured Ralph Peterson (drums) and James Genus (bass).
That same year while touring Uri recorded "Gustav Mahler in Toblach" (Winter & Winter 1998)live at the Gustav Mahler Festival in Toblach/Dobbacio, Italy. In 1999 he released "The Sidewalks of New York" (Winter & Winter ) a tribute to early Tin Pan Alley. In 2000 Caine released a version of Schumann's ‘‘Dichterliebe'' song cycle, "Love
Fugue", (Winter & Winter 2000) and a new version of "The Goldberg Variations" (Winter & Winter 2000). In 2001, three new CD's were released- "Solitaire" for solo piano, "Rio" recorded live in Rio de Janiero with several
groups, and "Bedrock3", a trio featuring electric piano with Zach Danziger and Tim Lefebvre. Caine also composed a ballet for the Vienna Volksoper which premiered in June 2000. The Pennsyvania Ballet performed the "Goldberg Variations" in 2001, choreographed by Val Caniparoli. Caine composed a new version of the "Diabelli Variations" for the Concerto Koln that premiered at the Kempen Festival in 2001 and he has
recorded a new Mahler song project and a jazz piano trio project with Drew Gress and Ben Perowsky. During the past several years, Caine has worked in groups led by Don Byron, Dave Douglas, Terry Gibbs and Buddy
DeFranco, Clark Terry, Rashid Ali, Arto Lindsay, Sam Rivers and Barry Altschul, the Woody Herman Band, Annie Ross, the Enja Band, Global Theory and the Master Musicians of Jajouka. He has received grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has performed at many jazz pannonica festivals including “What Is Jazz?” Festival (New York), North Sea Jazz Festival (The Hague), Montreal Jazz Festival. Jazz Across the Borders (Berlin), The Texaco Jazz Festival (New York), San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Vittoria Jazz Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival, as well as classical festivals including The Salzburg Festival, The Munich Opera,The Holland Festival, The Israel Festival, IRCAM, and others.

Born the 10 February 1961 in Berchidda, in the Italian region of Sardinia. He began to study his instrument at the age of 11 in the "Bernardo de Muro" Musical Band of Berchidda. After various experiences in pop music he discovers jazz in 1980 beginning his professional activity in 1982, at first
attending the "Seminari Senesi" then recording for RAI-RadioTelevisione Italiana under the direction of Bruno Tommaso. He gets a degree as Perito Elettrotecnico (i.e. electricity technician) in Sassari, then in 1984 he graduates in Trumpet at the Conservatory of Cagliari with the maestro Enzo Morandini and later he attends the faculty of "DAMS - music section" at the University of Bologna. His activities counts over 270 records and more than 2.500 concerts. He lives between Bologna, Paris and Sardinia.

At present he directs or co-directs, as well as his quintet (with Tino Tracanna, Roberto Cipelli, Attilio Zanchi, Ettore Fioravanti, sometimes in the past extended to a sextet with the presence of Gianluigi
Trovesi or the Belgian Erwin Vann): the duo with Furio Di Castri; the Trio P.A.F. (Paolo Fresu – Antonello Salis – Furio Di Castri); the Paolo Fresu "Angel" Quartet with Nguyên Lê, Furio Di Castri and Roberto Gatto (sometimes with the singer Ornella Vanoni, the pianist Jon Balke or the accordionist Antonello Salis as guests); the quartet "Devil" (with Bebo Ferra, Paolino Dalla Porta and Morten Lund); "Heartland" together with David Linx and Diederik Wissels; the duo with Dhafer Youssef (often a trio
with the Norwegian Eivind Aarset); the duo with Uri Caine; some other duos with various piano players like Nico Morelli, Michel Grailler, Alain Jean-Marie, Roberto Cipelli, Danilo Rea and Bojan Zulfikarpasic;
the project "Fresu & Alborada String Quartet"; "Kind of Porgy and Bess" (with Nguyên Lê, Antonello Salis, Dhafer Youssef, Morten Lund and Furio Di Castri); "Porgy and Bess" together with the Jazz Orchestra of Sardinia; the "Italian Trumpet Summit" with the trumpet players Franco Ambrosetti,
Flavio Boltro, Marco Tamburini and Fabrizio Bosso; and the projects related to traditional Sardinia music "Sonos ‘e memoria" (with Elena Ledda, Luigi Lai, the "Su Cuncordu ‘e su Rosariu" choir by Santu Lussurgiu, Antonello Salis, Federico Sanesi and others) and "Ethnografie" (with Dhafer Youssef, Elena Ledda, David Linx, Diederik Wissels, Eivind Aarset, Joëll Allouche, the Chamber Orchestra "Gli Arconauti" and others) dated 2003.

Since 1983 he firmly worked with the bands of Paolo Damiani, Roberto Ottaviano, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Bruno Tommaso, Giovanni Tommaso, Mimmo Cafiero, Enrico Rava, Aldo Romano, Nguyên Lê, the group
"Tanit", the Quartetto Palatino (Glenn Ferris, Aldo Romano, Paolo Fresu, Michel Benita), the "Celtic Procession" by Jacques Pellen, "Naples in jazz" together with Maurizio Giammarco, the Trio Erik Marchand – Jacques Pellen – Paolo Fresu, the "Mythscape Quartet" with the Swedish pianist Jon Balke, the group "The Open Trio" together with Furio Di Castri and various percussionists, the "Quartetto Internos", the Quartet "Treya" on music by Gabriel Fauré with the Australian pianist Peter Waters, the Quartet "Lyrism" of the French pianist Jean-Marie Machado with Andy Sheppard, the Trio of the German pianist Jens Thomas Ennio Morricone repertoire, the "Quintetto Rava-Fresu" on the repertoire by Chet Baker and Miles Davis, the trio "Prysm", the quintet "Suono e Silenzio", the group "Tales from Viêt-nam" by Nguyên Lê, the sextet "Tangoseis", the quartet "Aires tango", the project
pannonica "Flouradenn" directed by Riccardo del Frà and Annie Ebrel and the quartet of saxophones "Saxes Four Fun". He is presently working within the project on Leo Ferré directed by the pianist Roberto Cipelli with Gianmaria Testa and also with the Macedonian orchestra "Koçani Orkestar" together with Antonello Salis. It is dated 2001 the production of “Sketches of Spain” at the "Teatro del Palladio" in Vicenza with the musical direction of Maria Schneider.

In addition to his own common musicians he worked with the major Italian artists like Franco D'Andrea, Gianluigi Trovesi, Giorgio Gaslini, Enrico Rava, Bruno Tommaso, Giovanni Tommaso, Massimo Urbani, Enrico Pieranunzi, Maurizio Giammarco, Paolo Damiani, Guido Manusardi, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Maria Pia De Vito, Rita Marcotulli, Battista Lena, Gianmaria Testa, Stefano Di Battista, Flavio Boltro, Franco Ambrosetti, Stefano Bollani and others, plus European and American artists like Karl Berger, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, David Liebman, Dave Holland, Phil Woods, Misha Mengelberg, Han Benning, Ernst Reijseger, Tony Oxley, Daniel Humair, Aldo Romano, Pierre Favre, Tamia, Gerry Mulligan, Bob
Brookmayer, Jean-François Jenny Clark, Albert Mangelsdorff, John Zorn, Palle Danielsson, Riccardo Del Frà, Annie Ebrel, Michel Grailler, Richie Beirach, Jens Thomas, Art Lande, John Abercrombie, Helen Merril, Jon Christensen, Glenn Ferris, Jerry Bergonzi, Conrad Bauer, Joachim Kuhn, Antonio Pinho Vargas, Farafina, Michel Portal, Richard Galliano, Jon Balke, Ralph Towner, Trilok Gurtu, Gunther Shuller, Jeanne Lee, Mal Waldrom, David Linx, Diederik Wissels, Jean-Marie Machado, Alain Jean- Marie, Lars Jansson, Paul McCandless, Jim Hall, Lee Konitz, Perico Sambeat, Eivind Aarset, Wolfgan Muthspiel, Mathias Ruëgg, Lew Soloff, Dhafer Youssef, Maria Schneider, Stan Sustzman, Andy Shepard, Paul Wertico, Jon Hassell, Uri Caine, Bojan Zulfikarpacic, Vangelis Katsoulis, Buch Morris,
Airto Moreira, Thierry Lang, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner, Jan Lundgren and more.

The several "artistic invasions" by Paolo Fresu in other disciplines include painting, sculpture, installations, video art, etc. together with several ensembles and working with various artists: Pinuccio Sciola, Tonino Casula, Flavio Piras, Salvatore Ravo, Pilar Cossio Gomez, Gabriele Amadori, and taking inspiration from Sardinian artists like the sculptor Costantino Nivola (Nuoro/Orani 1994), the orator/literate Pietro Casu (Time in Jazz/Berchidda 1995), the writer Salvatore Satta (Cagliari 2002), also producing other works about poetry in Sardinian language (Berchidda, Time in jazz 2001/2002) or
collaborating with video-makers like Francesco Casu (Berchidda, Time in jazz 2003). Several original multimedia projects have been created within the activities of the "Seminari jazz" of Nuoro ("Ossi di Seppia", "Mingusiana", "Vorrei essere un Melograno", "Take the “Green” Train", "Deledda, i linguaggi di un Secolo", "Lollove – Il Village del Jazz", "Musicaquatica" and “Le vie del jazz”). (official site) (official management) (official site of the festival of Berchidda)


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