To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Chanakyapuri, the famous Italian jazz group Paolo Fresu Quintet will present a concert at Siri Fort Auditorium here on May 14.
Being organised by Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, this will be the group's first performance in India.
Paolo Fresu, regarded as one of the foremost jazz musicians in Europe who is credited with setting up the group, will play the trumpet and the flugelhorn at the concert that will be held on World Jazz Day.
Jazz musicians — Tino Tracanna (tenor and soprano sax), Roberto Cipelli (piano), Attilio Zanchi (double bass) and Ettore Fioravanti (drums) — will also be performing with Paolo.
The quintet has performed at various international festivals across Europe, Canada and Australia. It has also given recordings for international radio stations and television channels.
Set up in 1984 by Paolo and Roberto, the Paolo Fresu Quintet reached its present form in 1985. In 1990, it was judged as the best Italian jazz performers by magazine Musica Jazz.
The group was also honoured with the Arrigo Polillo Prize for the best record, “Live in Montpellier”. Every year its recording productions have been topping the charts.
Paolo has conducted courses and master classes from the US to Australia. He has to his credit a mind-boggling 2,500 concerts across the globe and more than 280 records.
A highly-decorated jazz musician, Paolo has won top honours and awards in Italy and in Europe, winning the prestigious French award “Django d'Or” four times.
As a soloist, he has worked with noted orchestras like the European Jazz Ensemble of Ali Aur and the Orchestra of Chicago directed by Bill Russo.
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