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jazzin’ for avis The evenT The natural beauties of Cava Pietra Franco and the Baroque art of Modica, where the cave leans over, inspired the three musicians who, with the support of a very attentive and warm audience, brought to life an exciting live concert. The experience of Joris Teepe, regular bassist of jazz giants Rashied Ali, John Coltrane’s drummer, and of Benny Golson, and the versatility of Steve Altenberg, who has appeared as a sideman on over forty international releases having worked with, among others, Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Barry Harris, Kevin Hays and Chris Potter, are the rich soil from which the creativity of young pianist Giacomo Caruso blooms.
The Music of The Trio The repertoire of the trio is various: it includes original compositions by the young pianist, arrangements of American jazz songs and free improvisations. Their music, solidly resting on jazz tradition, takes ﬂight towards extemporary excursions in many different territories: from rock to classical and gospel. Joris Teepe’s solidity melts well with the music of Steve Altenberg, who “literally marries contours of notes while playing with silences. His light pulsation and nuance do not have anything metronomic and instigate the music continuously” (Jazz Journal, England). Giacomo Caruso’s fresh ideas are coherent and unpredictable, keeping audience’s attention spans constantly engaged.
The arTisTs Joris Teepe and Steve Altenberg have been playing together for two decades, performing on the most prestigious stages worldwide. joris Teepe was on the road performing and recording with jazz giants Benny Golson (historic member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers), and Rashied Ali (John Coltrane’s drummer). He also performed and recorded with Tom Harrell, Mulgrew Miller, Chris Potter, Don Braden, Gene Jackson, Randy Brecker, Carl Allen and many other important New York based musicians. steve altenberg , after becoming a very demanded drummer in New York and collaborating with, among others, John Abercrombie, Barry Harris, Kevin Hays and Philip Harper, moved to Amsterdam where he has performed regularly with some
Giacomo caruso Trio of the best players of the Dutch jazz scene: Michael Moore, Marc van Roon and Paul Berner. In this special occasion they are introducing a promising 23 years old piano player, Giacomo caruso . He has already played in many important European theaters and festivals (ELBJaZZ festival, Aarhus Jazz Festival, Swingin’ Groningen Festival, Stadschouwburg De Harmonie, Modica Miete Culture Contaminazioni Festival) with musicians such as Kristijan Krajncan (semi-finalist of Thelonious Monk Competition 2012), multiawarded and multi-instrumentalist George Dumitriu, composer Signe Bisgaard, and many other young talents such as Anna-Lena Schnabel and Sergej Avanesov.
social coMMiTMenT: avis This charity concert was promoted by avis Modica who devoted years to raising awareness for the theme of blood donation through alternative ways. Carmelo Avola, President of avis Modica, writes: “The choice of donating blood is often associated to the value of solidarity. But, if you think carefully, it brings also important advantages to the donor. From the selﬂess act of the donation comes, in fact, some sort of personal and social gratification which makes the donor feel good and brings other people esteem. It is also an effective form of health prevention, thanks to blood analysis and electrocardiogram which donors can recieve for free periodically; as wells as some sort of life insurance, since the blood could be needed by the donor itself or its relatives and friends. Therefore not only altruism, but awareness of making a smart choice which permits us to have many advantages for a minimal sacrifice. The reinforcement of an association format like the one of avis makes possible cultural and recreational events, which make social life intense and less plain: Jazzin’ for Avis is an exemplar demonstration of it. The concert on the 31st of August 2012 with Giacomo Caruso, Joris Teepe and Steve Altenberg, was a great gift to Modica. That night in Cava Pietra Franco made time stop. The music, the spectacular view on Modica, the full moon, the audience, the great welcome of Bartolo Turlà to Cava Pietra Franco, everything was a gift for each other and all together made possible the magic of a moment which might never have been.
Jazzin’ For Avis The project of the dvd The concert was conveniently recorded by 3 video cameras, and the film is ready to become an exceptional DVD, with the following features: • DVD 5 video, duration around 90’ • 7 tracks, (6 standards + 1 original) • Extras
– interviews to the musicians
– interview to the President of avis Modica
– extra tracks
– direct selector of the tracks
– artist’s bios
– page about blood donation
– photo gallery
• Inlay 4/0, 130gsm • Label printing 4/0 CMYK offset • DVD Box classic
Multimedia resources www.giacomocaruso.com personal website of the young pianist. www.joristeepe.com personal website of the Dutch double bass player and headmaster of Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen. www.myspace.com/stevealtenberg MySpace page of the American drummer. http://goo.gl/RRjVs video of Old Folks, excerpt from the DVD Jazzin’ for Avis. www.avismodica.it website of the local headquarters of avis.