A fresh, clear personality, with very clear ideas, for a music in which elegance and concreteness are perfectly combined.
A. Bazzurro [All About Jazz IT]
Calcagno and his Liquid Identities spill energy from every pore, assuring that the eight tracks on the album are abundantly provocative and never boring.F. Freitas [Jazz Trail]
Forms of modern life may differ in quite a few respects – but what unites them all is precisely their fragility, temporariness, vulnerability, and inclination to constant change
[Liquid Modernity, Zygmunt Bauman]
Keep an Eye International Jazz Award 2019 winner Liquid Identities is a contemporary jazz band born in Amsterdam in 2019, led by clarinetist and composer Federico Calcagno.
Liquid Identities works in the sign of an entirely current and contemporary sensibility in which the legacy and new sound-structures have their roots in much of what jazz, evolutionarily speaking, has been able to offer us in the last half century.
Compositional solutions and refined sounds inspired by modern jazz, chamber music, Indian Carnatic grooves and mediterranean rhythms characterize the unique aesthetic of this international quintet, meeting point of different cultures and musical heritages.
The music is also inspired by some important and relevant thinkers such as Zygmunt Bauman, Noam Chomsky, Federico Fellini, Mark Fisher, with the aim of considering and unraveling our society’s internal dynamics and functioning, denouncing its uncertainties and existential angst.
The debut album, named after the band, features a repertoire of 8 original tracks composed by Federico Calcagno.
Album Release: 1st of June, 2020
Label: Aut Records
Sound Engineer: Lex Tanger
Photo Credit: Patrizio Previtali
Layout: Sandro Crisafi
Federico Calcagno Short BIO
Federico Calcagno (1995) is a clarinet and bass clarinet player, creative jazz musician and composer from Milan, Italy, and currently active between Italy and The Netherlands.
<<The new bishop of the best Italian Jazz [A. Bazzurro, All About Jazz] >> has considered on of the most exciting clarinet players and creative musicians of the young generation.
As leader and co-leader, Federico has released five albums till now: From Another Planet (2019), Liquid Identities (2020), Urlo d’Ebano (2021), Piranha (2021), Live Fast, Die a Legend (2022).
He regularly plays in the bands Fade in Trio, The Dolphians, Piranha, Aviv Noam 4et, Tijn Wybenga & AM.OK, Adrian Moncada Sextet, Francesca Remigi’s Archipelagos, Önder, Coal Harbour, Marco Luparia Masna, Ferdinando Romano Invisible Painters, Paolo Damiani Unit, Orchestra Nazionale Jazz Giovani Talenti.
He’s the winner of several important prizes as Premio Internazionale Giorgio Gaslini 2020, Top Jazz 2020 b y Musica Jazz Magazine, Premio Siae, Nuova Generazione Jazz, and more.
Federico studied classical and jazz clarinet at Milan Conservatory, and in 2019 he graduated in Jazz Master in bass clarinet at Amsterdam Conservatory and attended the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Canada), directed by Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey.