Umbria Jazz 21 it has three objectives, as stated in the text produced by the organization: the first is to resume the thread of cultural life, abruptly interrupted by the pandemic. Therefore, of social life, which in the moments of culture finds its highest meaning. The second is to make a contribution to restarting the tourism engine, which represents an important voice in the economy of Umbria. This is a vocation that has been part of the DNA of the event since its origins. Finally, the commitment to support the world of work
of the entertainment sector, which for more than a year of job opportunities has had very few. At Umbria Jazz 21, more than four hundred professionals, including sound engineers, technicians, security, hostesses, catering, catering, merchandising, administration, transport, runners and others lend their work in the various sectors.
THE CONCERTS AT THE SANTA GIULIANA ARENA
The formula of the 21 edition has as its highlight the evening concerts (starting at 21) in the main stage of the Arena Santa Giuliana, with reduced capacity. Before these, at 7.30 pm at the Restaurant Stage, they will perform Francesca Tandoi (voice and piano) e Stefano Senni (contrabass). The Arena billboard ranges from the best of Italian jazz (Enrico Rava
in the unprecedented duo with a cult pianist such as Fred Hersch; Paolo Fresu with “Heroes,” his homage to David Bowie; Gino Paoli with Danilo Rea e i Funk Off; the only plan of Stefano Bollani dedicated to Chick Corea; Gianluca Petrella e Pasquale Mirra with the “Correspondence” project, designed especially for Umbria Jazz) to the stars of American jazz (the wonderful quartet of Branford Marsalis;
the trio of Brad Mehldau, one of the most loved musicians by the Umbria Jazz audience; the Lincoln Center orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; the trio of the new guitar star Julian location;
the quartet of a battery monument like Billy Hart). It moves between the more traditional Cuba of Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Aymée Nuviola and the modern one of Cimafunk, and celebrates the art of tango with the Quinteto Astor Piazzolla on the centenary of the Maestro’s birth. Other aspects of the program are the debut at Umbria Jazz of a kind of world music multinational like Bokanté, latest project by the leader of Snarky Puppy, Michael League, and the return of an established jazz vocal star like Cecile McLorin Salvant, in duo with Sullivan Fortner, as well as the revelation Samara Joy McLendon (other singer) with the trio of Emmet Cohen, young star of the piano.
Of course, there are also international stars like Imany, on his debut at Umbria Jazz, e Angelique Kidjo, for which instead it is a return, after the project, four years ago, dedicated to Celia Cruz (for that record she won a Grammy). Finally, the Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda and the Swiss harmonica player Grégoire Maret.
THE ITALIAN ORCHESTRAS AT THE MORLACCHI THEATER
For the section of the afternoon concerts at the Morlacchi Theater (starting at 5 pm, capacity of three hundred and twenty spectators) a real thematic festival will be staged: ten events with as many Italian orchestras to represent the state of the art, certainly not exhaustive but quite detailed , of the great formations to date.
These are the orchestras on the program:
“Ritornello, Sinfonias, & Cadenzas”
ETHAN IVERSON – UMBRIA JAZZ ORCHESTRA feat. JORGE ROSSY
“L’INSIÙM: MAINERIO!” GLAUCO VENIER – MICHELE CORCELLA
NATIONAL ORCHESTRA JAZZ YOUNG TALENTS PAOLO DAMIANI direction
COLOURS JAZZ ORCHESTRA
“Swing With Sting” NICK THE NIGHTFLY ORCHESTRA
TOWER JAZZ COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA “Fellini and the music”
NEW TALENT JAZZ ORCHESTRA special guest GABRIELE MIRABASSI
LYDIAN SOUND ORCHESTRA RICCARDO BRAZZALE, conducting
“Cedar’s Blues” ERJ ORCHESTRA
ARTCHIPEL ORCHESTRA “Plays Soft Machine”
THE INTIMATE DIMENSION OF THE JAZZ CLUB
The other indoor space is the room of the Brufani Hotel, which during the year usually hosts the concerts of the Jazz Club Perugia season. The landlord is Emmet Cohen with his trio, in a cycle inspired, in attendance, by the successful streaming series “Live from Emmet’s Place”. Every day, from 10 to 18 July, there will be two concerts (12 noon and 3.30 pm) for a capacity of forty-five spectators. They will join the trio Samara Joy McLendon, the sax of Piero Odorici and guests who from time to time want to participate. It is the informal jazz of small spaces, where the club ritual is celebrated, which for many fans has a unique charm.
THE PROLOGUE DEDICATED TO DANTE, MAURO OTTOLINI AND “INFERNO”
Umbria Jazz will have a prologue dedicated to Dante on the 700th anniversary of his death. Thursday 8 July (9 pm at the Morlacchi Theater with a capacity of three hundred and twenty spectators) the new original project by Mauro Ottolini between music, cinema and literature. Ottolini with the ensemble Sousaphonix created a new live soundtrack of a masterpiece of Italian cinema, L’Inferno, a silent film from 1911 directed by Francesco Bertolini, Giuseppe De Liguoro e Adolfo Padovan. A real blockbuster in which Dante’s Inferno is told fairly faithfully, not without some license. On stage, to give voice to the triplets of Hell, there will be Alessandro Anderloni who is also the creator, the playwright of the project and who oversaw the staging.
It is the second edition of UJ4KIDS, scheduled in the Giardini del Frontone area, the historic location of the Festival.
JAZZ IN THE CONSERVATORY
The collaboration with the greatest Perugian institution of musical training continues. On 12, 13 and 14 July, at 4.30 pm, there will be the traditional cycle of concerts organized by the “Francesco Morlacchi” Conservatory of Music. Formations of students will play in the conservatory auditorium with and by the teachers of the jazz courses.
MEDICINE AND MUSIC, THERAPY FOR THE BODY AND THE SOUL
To anticipate the program of Umbria Jazz 21 there will be (Thursday 7 July, 9.30 pm at Barton Park) a truly unusual concert. The Orchestra Asclepio, training from Veneto (but not only) made up of health workers: professionals who daily carry out their work in health facilities who also share a great love for music. The orchestra was born in 2012 in Padua for a concert in the hospital, for an audience of patients, and has since become stable. The concert that opens Umbria Jazz is a tribute and thanks from the Festival to the people who have taken care of the country with dedication and professionalism in these long months of pandemic. After all, music is also a therapy, a kind of vaccine for the soul. On the Barton Park stage with the Orchestra Asclepio (with the addition of some Umbrian musicians / health workers), directed by Alois Saller, also the jazz big band of the University of Padua, conductor Ludovico Rinco. The program includes an evocative classical-jazz comparison with Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij’s “The Nutcracker” and the jazz “reinterpretation” made by Duke Ellington. Orchestra Asclepio will also perform George Gershwin’s “Rapsodia in blu”, solo piano Leonora Armellini.
UMBRIA JAZZ AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Umbria Jazz continues with conviction to adopt good practices regarding environmental protection and sustainability. Among these, the renunciation of paper materials in the presentation press conference, replaced by a USB key with info, data, images. A limited number of programs will be printed using PEFC certified paper, and for that matter
edition the official book will be in digital format only. The sponsor of the automotive sector (Renault) will provide electric and hybrid cars for the travel of artists and staff. In the dining areas, compostable crockery and cutlery will be used. In collaboration with GESENU, the Festival as in previous editions will underline its ecological vocation through a series of actions aimed at reducing the production of packaging. The
correct methods of separate collection through environmental communicators at the Santa Giuliana Arena on weekends, and ad hoc containers will be placed for plastic bottles, which will be recycled. The institutional banners will be designed to be reused from year to year. Finally, renewable energy sources will be used.