A long summer awaits the people of Bari and tourists who will choose Puglia and the Apulian capital to spend their holidays. Summer 2022, from June to Septemberhas the fifth edition of Feast of the Seapromoted by the Puglia Region in collaboration with the Municipality of Bari and made by Apulian Public Theater. A unique program of events designed to intercept a wide audience, a rich program that hosts big names on the national and international scene alongside Apulian talents. The fourth edition of the Nino Rota Awardin Torre a Mare on 19 and 20 August, the fifth edition of Bari Piano Festivalfrom 21 to 29 August, the two concerts by Bari in Jazzwith Arooj Aftab on 2 August in the churchyard of the Basilica of San Nicola e Cristina Donà on August 18 in Torre a Mare, the concert Locus Festival previewwith the live of Alt J in program on June 18 in the space in front of the Bourbon Lighthouse in the port of Bari and the presentation of his new album “The Dream” (the only date in Southern Italy) and, finally, on September 2, in Santo Spirito, the concert “A part of me “piano solo di Mirko Signorile.
The mayor presented the program of the event yesterday morning at the Palazzo di Città Antonio Decarothe municipal councilor for Culture and Tourism Ines Pieruccithe Delegated Councilor for Culture of the Puglia Region Grace Of Bari and the general manager of Puglia Promotion Luca Scandalein the presence of the organizers of the exhibitions that make up the “Festa del Mare”: Emanuele Arciuli for Bari Piano Festival, Gianluigi Trevisi for the Nino Rota Award, Koblan Amissah for Bari in Jazz e Vincenzo Bellini by Bassculture.
Festa del Mare – the program of the fifth edition of the review: A great preview of the Locus Festival with the concert of Alt J, one of the most important English bands, scheduled for June 18 in the space in front of the Bourbon Lighthouse in the port of Bari with the presentation of his new album “The Dream” (only date in Southern Italy). Opening the Apulian electronic trio Inude. With three albums, a Mercury Prize in 2012 and multiple GRAMMY nominations and BRITAwards, the famous indie-rock formation created in Leeds by Joe Newman (vocals, guitar), GusUnger-Hamilton (vocals, keyboards, bass) and Thom Sonny Green (drums, percussion) will present the new album, released in February 2022, “The Dream”. On the stage, at the beginning, the trio Inude, a union of the three musical souls of Flavio Paglialunga, Francesco Bove and Giacomo Greco who gave life to warm electronics, with soulful and romantic tones, confirms itself as one of the most inspired and exportable Italian realities and continues to refine his own sound in the most intimate and personal way, creating intense and refined songs, engaging and emotional, pop without being taken for granted, the result of research and evolution.
Bari Piano Festival, from 21 to 29 August, also for this 5th edition proposes great artists of the international scene and shows of strong interest, capable of associating the piano, especially in the contemporary dimension, with various artistic expressions, from writing to acting, to dance. Torre Quetta, Piazza San Nicola, Cloister of Santa Chiara and Waterfront of San Girolamo are the places that will host the nine days of concerts with the patronage of the Conservatory “Niccolò Piccinni” of Bari and the Academy of Music of Pinerolo and with the media partnership by Rai Radio 3 Classica. This year the festival opens on August 21 with a tribute to Philip Glass for the composer’s 85th birthday. It is celebrated by two of the greatest specialists of the American musician, Dennis Russell Davies (dedicatee and client of numerous pages of Glass) and Maki Namekawa, the pianist for whom the maestro composed the very recent Sonata. Follows the August 23 a concert of one of the greatest pianists on the world stage, Louis Lortiewhich proposes a recital that celebrates two other illustrious anniversaries, those of Aleksandr Skrjabin and Cesar Franck. The August 24 a marathon from the twentieth century to today, with three pianists (the Apulian Serena Valluzzi, the Roman Giancarlo Simonacci and the Korean Sun Hee You) engaged in a repertoire that extends from Ravel, Debussy and Albeniz to Kapustin and Unsuk Chin, passing through Four Walls, John Cage’s “romantic” masterpiece. The next concert, the August 25, sees one of the best Italian pianists engaged, Filippo Gamba, in a recital with Chopin and Rachmaninov set between two of Beethoven’s most famous sonatas, the Pathetic and the Moonlight. The August 26 an “anti-presentation” of the novel by Omar Di Monopoli Burn the air, with the intervention of three pianists / keyboardists as Antonello Salis (who will also play the accordion), Vito Di Modugno (also at the Hammond) e Francesco Negro. Individual sets and a jam session that will see them engaged in an improvisation that draws inspiration from the book. Ines Pierucci will also intervene for the occasion, not only as councilor for cultures but even more so as an avid reader. The penultimate date, the August 27will see busy Ralph van Raatthe most interesting Dutch pianist of his generation, today’s great music performer, and the dancer Ada Daniele, from Puglia but resident in the Netherlands, where he works in prestigious contemporary dance companies. The August 29 closes the review David HelbockAustrian jazz player who makes his debut in Bari, with a tribute to John Williams’ 90 years, through his most famous soundtracks.
Bari in Jazz proposes two appointments in Bari and Torre a Mare. It starts on 2 August with Arooj Aftab for the first time in Italy with a summer tour in August. Arooj Aftab, winner of the “Best Global Music Performance” with “Mohabbat2 at the Grammy Awards 2022, is a refined composer whose sound fluctuates between classic minimalism and new age, Sufi devotional poetry and electronic trance with jazz structures. Precisely this unmistakable style of hers made her famous in Pakistan at the beginning of the 2000s; she subsequently moved to the United States, where she currently lives and where she graduated from the prestigious Berklee School of Music. He has three albums to his credit, Bird under water (2015), Siren islands (2018) and his latest work Vulture Prince has been praised as one of the best releases of 2021 by the likes of The Guardian, NPR, TIME receiving a huge critical consensus. Arooj has collaborated with world famous artists such as Meshell Ndegeocello, Esperanza Spalding, DJ / rupture and Abida Parveen just to name a few. She has performed her music of hers in major venues such as Lincoln Center, Highline Ballroom, Le Poisson Rouge and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; she has also been invited to perform in festivals such as The Big Ears Festival, The Ecstatic Music Festival and SF Jazz Festival. And this seems to be just the beginning of a brilliant and rapidly growing musical career for her. The second appointment is instead with Cristina Donà il August 18 in Torre a Mare. Born in 1967, Donà has helped to define a new season of Mediterranean rock and is one of the few Italian artists capable of “rivaling” the great colleagues who have reinvented the model of interpreter and author abroad. Always able to renew herself, she first became a point of reference and then an inspirational figure for the new generations of Italian musicians. Donà’s most recent project is deSidera, together with an album and a concert in collaboration with Ponderosa Music & Art. The singer-songwriter herself says of the album: “deSidera took shape in these times of opaque horizons and confused ideas. She is a wild creature, who observes human beings with her head slightly tilted and eyes wide open, while she investigates the dual nature of desire, in order to better understand who we are ”. The homonymous concert is an opportunity to appreciate the evocative capacity of the album as well as the unconventional arrangements, together with Cristina Donà the musician and producer Saverio Lanza performs on stage.
In the fourth edition of the Nino Rota Prizewhose mission is to make an ex-cursus in the world of music for images, all in the name of one of our most illustrious fellow citizens, the great Nino Rota, is scheduled on 19 and 20 August in Torre a Mare. The recognition dedicated to the great composer, born in Bari by adoption, will therefore be awarded to young composers who are particularly active in the search for new linguistic solutions, innovative approaches that are establishing themselves in cinema as in TV series: Mattia Vlad Morleo (2000), Giancane, Ginevra Nervi and finally Pilvio & Aldo De Scalzi. On the first day, the Prize will be awarded to two young composers who almost by chance crossed the soundtrack on their way. The very young composer and pianist Mattia Vlad Morleo (2000), decided towards a career as an interpreter starting at the age of 17, who with his refined and original touch immediately appeared particularly evocative. Short films, commercials and important documentaries for Rai Storia, but also very important awards such as the nomination for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards “(Los Angeles) and the victory of the Akademia Awards” (New York). In 2020 at the Rome Film Festival the consecration with the soundtrack of “Santa immediately” by Alessandro Piva (winner of the edition). On the same day, the one who surely can be defined as the tourist by chance of the soundtrack will be awarded. Giancane, leader of a Roman indie band, has in fact written the original music for “Strappare along the edges” the graphic novel by his friend Zerocalcare. Apparently a fortuitous episode which, however, given the great success of the series, immediately aroused the attention of the “celluloid” world for what has been defined as a “skilful framework capable of evoking the particular context of the story”.
On the second day of the award the award will go to one of the few women who make up for the cinema. Ginevra Nervi, young composer, songwriter and producer of electronic music born in Genoa in 1994, in the last part of her short but intense career she was able to courageously establish a very interesting and innovative relationship between cinema and music: an electronic that is never banal and enveloping , seasoned with vocals, which marks a distinctive trait compared to the Italian model of soundtrack not very accustomed to musical textures totally declined on the synthetic side. In fact, Ginevra Nervi, in addition to having composed soundtracks for short films, is the author of original songs for various series and films that have earned her two nominations for David di Donatello. The last prize of this second edition will go to one of the important couples of Italian cinema: Pilvio & Aldo De Scalzi. There are over two hundred soundtracks written for cinema and series by these two eclectic Genoese musicians who have ranged far and wide in musical genres. Started as a point of reference for the Italian new prog in 1997, they crossed paths with Ferzan Ozpetek for whom they composed the music of Hammam, the Turkish bath. From there began one of the most prolific careers in all of Italian cinema and television, which saw them collaborate with many directors. Finally on September 2, in Piazza Roma in Santo Spirito, Mirko Signorile presents piano solo in “A part of me”. The experience lived in recent years with the lockdown has inspired the pianist Mirko Signorile to compose new pieces imbued with poetry, lyricism and spirituality. “A part of me” is a dreamy concert that suspends time to make room for a sober musical narrative, where the necessary becomes the focus and climax of the entire performance. Atmospheres of new classicism and jazz pervade the black and white keys and meet the electronic sounds of the synth that forms the carpet and glue of the different musical stories. A concert to be experienced in one breath, magical and cinematic. All the appointments of Festa del Mare 2022 will take place in compliance with the anti-COVID regulations. Details and methods of participation on the website www.festadelmarebari.it