Javier Girotto – Sax
Jean-Baptiste Rousseaux – Trumpet
Giuseppe Sacchi – Piano
Paolo Ius – Electric bass
Damien Kuntz – Drums
Joan Buquet Rabal – Percussion
Javier Girotto will perform and lead an ensemble of five students selected for the occasion from prestigious international music universities: Giuseppe Sacchi from St. Louis College in Rome, Jean-Baptiste Rousseaux from KUG – Conservatory of Graz, Damien Kuntz from HKB – University of the Arts in Bern, Joan Buquet Rabal from Centro Taller de Músics in Barcelona, and Paolo Ius from Conservatorio Giuseppe Tartini in Trieste.
At 19, he won a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in Professional Music “Cum Magna Laude.” The four U.S. years are fruitful, a period in which he deepened his studies of composition and arranging and saxophone and improvisation with such masters as Joseph Viola, George Garzone, Hall Crook and Jerry Bergonzi, learning then, “the craft,” playing with Danilo Perez, George Garzone, Hall Crook, Bob Moses, Herb Pomeroy and many other musicians from whom he picked up a spark of their experience.
Javier Girotto’s Italian adventure began at age 25, deciding in a short time, to start his professional career in this nation.
He alternates between working with commercial, Latin music groups and forming several jazz groups, with which he begins his indefatigable activity as composer and arranger. His first Roman lineup is “Tercer Mundo,” together with Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, on Latin jazz tracks, followed by the “Six Sax,” a saxophone quartet, with bass and drums, composed of Rosario Giuliani and Tony Germani on alto, Gianni Savelli on tenor, Javier on baritone, Marco Siniscalco on bass and Pietro Iodice on drums, with whom he recorded his first CD “Homenaje” in 1995 with special guests Bob Mintzer and Randy Brecker.
This same period saw the birth of the group for which Girotto’s soprano and baritone saxophones are best known, Aires Tango, with Alessandro Gwis on piano, Marco Siniscalco on bass and Michele Rabbia on drums and percussion, in a marriage of the reasons of tango with those of jazz that, starting from the pleasure associated with listening to the stylistic features of Argentine music, reassures the listener in facing the “rapids” of the “diversity” of its solos.
With Aires Tango he recorded as many as 10 records and in 2009 they celebrated 15 years of existence with their record “10/15” (precisely to indicate 10th record and 15 years of the group’s life) gems of a journey in which Girotto was always accompanied by the unconditional acclaim of the public, who encouraged him to “open” the project to Peppe Servillo’s voice and symphony orchestra.
1999 saw the birth of another group, “Cordoba Reunion,” made up of four Cordoban musicians, Javier Girotto on saxes and flutes, Gerardo Di Giusto on piano, Minino Garay on percussion and Carlos El Tero Buschini on bass, engaged in a project with which he returned to the roots of his music, with an eye to those times that preceded the tango, dragging the listener on an empathetic and emotional journey in search of the rhythms of Argentine folklore such as the milonga, chacarera, zamba and candombe, a group, this one having made an early record with singer Mercedes Sosa.
He has played and is playing in the most important Italian jazz festivals, theaters , festivals and clubs, Zotrio will open the concert of Javier Girotto and Mangalavite, Teatro Eliseo “The Friend of Cordoba,” SAINT LOUIS, ON STAGE WITH MUSIC PROFESSIONALS, Italian Jazz C.R.E.A – Première, EJsCool 2022, EJsCool 2022 The KRAKOW Concerts.
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Walk by BlaWalk
SimulArte in collaboration with the platform BlaWalk presents a new format that can combine physical movement in the open air, the discovery of nature around us and the beauty of music.
A guided walk by BlaWalk around Udine is then offered before the concert Peter Erskine 4et feat Alan Pasqua, Darek Oles, George Garzone.
The meeting is at 7 pm, the walk will start at 7:30 pm.
Limited places are available for the walk, so reservations are required.