Rita Marcotulli – piano
Francesco Assini – trumpet
Andrea Cardone – sax
Yulija Kurpryianava – guitar
Giacomo Ieraci acoustic and electric bass
Joan de Domingo Vallverdú – drums

1 August 2024 from 21:00 at the Torso Garden in Udine
In case of bad weather the concert will take place at the Palamostre Theatre in Udine

Rita Marcotulli will perform and lead an ensemble of 5 students selected for the occasion from prestigious international music universities: Andrea Cardone from St. Louis College in Rome, Yulija Kurpryianava from KUG – Conservatory of Graz, Damien Kuntz from HKB – University of the Arts in Bern, Francesco Assini from the Francesco Venezze Conservatory in Rovigo and Giacomo Ieraci from the Giuseppe Tartini Conservatory in Trieste.

Rita Marcotulli

Pianist and composer Rita Marcotulli, following her studies at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Conservatorio Licinio Refice in Frosinone, began playing in various ensembles in the 1970s. In 1982, he recorded the album ‘Summer’ with the quartet under his own name, formed by Nicola Stilo, Enzo Pietropaoli and Giampaolo Ascolese, which was followed, in 1986, by the record ‘Un Altra Galassia’, with the quartet formed with saxophonist Pietro Tonolo, Enzo Pietropaoli and Roberto Gatto. In 1987 she was voted ‘Best New Talent’ in the ‘Top Jazz’ referendum, held by Musica Jazz magazine. The following year she moved to Sweden, where she remained until 1992. During this experience away from Italy she collaborated with musicians from the northern European jazz scene, including, Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen, Marilyn Mazur, Tore Brunborg. During the same period she joined drummer Billy Cobham’s group and that of American saxophonist Dewey Redman. Back in Italy, she collaborated with musician and ethnomusicologist Ambrogio Sparagna and singer and guitarist Pino Daniele.

In 2010, she was responsible for the soundtrack of the film ‘Basilicata Coast to Coast’ (by director Rocco Papaleo) for which she received the Ciak d’oro, the Nastro d’argento for best soundtrack and the David di Donatello for best musician (the first woman ever to receive such an award). Furthermore, in 2011 she was elected in the ‘Top Jazz’ referendum, held by the magazine Musica Jazz, as the best Italian jazz artist.

Gifted with a keen sense for improvisation and a peculiar piano language influenced by the traditions of Brazilian, African and Indian music, Rita Marcotulli has collaborated with numerous internationally renowned musicians during her career, including Peter Erskine, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Michel Portal, Aldo Romano, Enrico Rava, Helèn Barrière and Sal Nistico.

Concert realised in collaboration with Associazione Blues in Villa