Federico Calcagno & The Dolphians
Clarinetist-composer Federico Calcagno emphasizes the importance of multi -instrumentalist Eric Dolphy’s music and influence through the sextet “The Dolphians”. The project released the first album From Another Planet [Emme Label] – which has been catalogued in the list of the best 100 albums of 2019 by JAZZIT Italian magazine. This work shows a great collective interaction and enthusiasm; it declares love to the Blue Note sounds from the ‘60s, re-elaborating the masterpiece Out to Lunch and giving a contemporary rebirth to Eric Dolphy’s less known composition Jim Crow through a suite in five movements. Moreover, From Another Planet is characterized by the alternation and mixture of original compositions with Dolphy’s sparkling arrangements.
Lately, the 90% of the repertoire is based on original and unreleased compositions written by the band leader, showing a new musical direction into little-explored territories. Indeed, “The Dolphians” aim is to continue what Dolphy left at the moment of his premature death through immagination, creativity, recreation and high risk.
The sextet is the winner of important prizes in Italy and in Poland: “Nuova Generazione Jazz” 2021 and “Concorso Bettinardi 2021 – Band Section”, “Jazz Juniors”.
Federico Calcagno – Bass/Soprano Clarinet
Gianluca Zanello – Alto Sax
Luca Ceribelli – Tenor/Soprano Sax
Andrea Mellace – Vibraphone
Stefano Zambon – Double Bass
Stefano Grasso – Drums
Fade In (Trio)
No leader, just three desperate and forward-thinking heads.
In a hyper-active artistic momentum since 2018, Fade In Trio keeps subverting musical conventions for the sake of its self-imposed chimera: true to the bone artistic honesty. A fundamental mutual trust allows the three distinct identities to melt and fade into an idiosyncratic communal vision, where improvisation becomes the lens for a deep inner investigation of our functions within a creative community.
The artistic result bridges and embodies different musical heritages but it also strives to enlarge the palette of what a seemingly limited pianoless trio can sonically achieve.
Fade In strictly performs 100% original compositions written by each component of the band.
The debut album Live Fast, Die a Legend ironically depicts one of the mottos of our contemporary society, in which people lose control of their behaviors, feelings and thinking: the elevation of impulses, instant gratifications and the idea that progress equals fast – which equals success – bring humanity to addiction and self-destruction.
Indeed, in tracks like “Tachykinesia” (sped up movement) and “L ’Esterofilo” (the xenophile) there is never time to stop and reflect, while “Requiem” and “Get Undressed, Don’t Move” offer the opportunity to meditate over a fast spiral of events.
The trio is among the winners of the “International Improvisation Competition René Arons” (Antwerp, 2019) and “Tomorrow’s Jazz Competition” (Venice, 2021).
Federico Calcagno – Bass Clarinet, Clarinet
Pietro Elia Barcellona – Double Bass
Marco Luparia – Drums
“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
Liquid Identities is the Amsterdam based quintet led by Italian clarinetist and composer Federico Calcagno, defined as “The new bishop of the best Italian and European Jazz [A. Bazzurro, All About Jazz].
The band, winner of the 2nd prize in the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award 2019, released its debut album of the same name on June 2020, featuring a repertoire of original songs inspired by different influences: improvised music, classical-contemporary chamber music, South Indian Carnatic music and contemporary jazz.
Different worlds that not only stay together quite well but also low the borders between them and become parts of a vaster identity.
Following the flow of these liquid Escherian staircases will bring you some fertile and joyous illusions.
Federico Calcagno – Clarinets
José Soares – Alto sax
Adrian Moncada – Piano
Pau Sola – Cello
Nick Thessalonikefs – Drums
Liquid Identities Expanded Version: LIQUID WAR