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La Lydian Sound Orchestra, formata nel 1989 dal compositore-arrangiatore Riccardo Brazzale (musicista, ma anche studioso, insegnante e promoter), è senza dubbio la più apprezzata medium-band nel campo del jazz italiano degli ultimi anni, così come è attestato da molteplici referendum specialistici. Un tentette atipico (alla maniera della "Tuba Band" di Miles, della Monk's Town Hall Orchestra o della Mingus' Black Saint Band) che si concentra principalmente sulla rielaborazione della tradizione jazz, secondo un approccio contemporaneo, e su una tecnica compositiva il cui scopo principale è di mettere in luce lo spirito live e il work in progress fra i musicisti.
Da oramai molti anni, la critica nazionale e internazionale ne riconosce i grandi meriti e non perde occasione per renderne omaggio: "top-flight Italian jazz orchestra", "rich, flamboyant, precious, combination of sounds", "freedom and structure", "controlled anarchy", "humor and musicality", "music interesting, refreshing and exciting" o "here there is really something new". 
Applaudita su molti palcoscenici italiani ed europei, da Umbria a Manchester, da Torino a Nis, spesso assieme ad ospiti internazionali, la Lydian ha all'attivo molti cd: dell'ultima dozzina d’anni si ricordano gli apprezzati tributi a Monk (da "Monk at Town Hall & More" a "Ruby, Nellie & Nica"), le personalissime riletture della storia del jazz ("Back to Da Capo" e "The Lydian Trip") e i live ("Live in Appleby" e "Reflections", quest'ultimo apparso in anteprima come allegato alla rivista "Musica Jazz" di Milano).
Nel 2014, in occasione del 25° anno di attività, la Lydian ha presentato al Mart di Rovereto, in prima assoluta, le musiche del capolavoro mingusiano “The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady”, in forma di opera-ballet, con la Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni.
Il biennio 2016-2017 è caratterizzato da nuovi progetti, anche multimediali, in concerto e su cd, fra i quali “Music for Lovely Souls (Beloved by Nature)” che ha portato l’orchestra a esser premiata come miglior gruppo italiano dal Top Jazz 2016 e invitata ai Concerti del Quirinale in diretta su RadioTre (2017), e quello di rinnovato impegno civile "We Resist!” registrato live al Parco della Musica di Roma (2017), oltre ai tributi in occasione dei centenari di Monk (“Sempre Monk” in programma a Umbria Jazz 2017) e Gillespie (“To Be or Not To Bop”, in programma in Sicilia, Vittoria Jazz Festival 2017).

Per lo più presenti dall’inizio degli anni 2000, i componenti attuali dell’orchestra sono Robert Bonisolo, Pietro Tonolo, Mattia Cigalini, Rossano Emili (ance), Gianluca Carollo, J Kyle Gregory, Roberto Rossi, Giovanni Hoffer, Glauco Benedetti (ottoni), Paolo Birro, Marc Abrams e Mauro Beggio (sezione ritmica), oltre alla giovane cantante e rapper Vivian Grillo.

 

 

THE LYDIAN SOUND ORCHESTRA

The Lydian Sound Orchestra was formed in 1989 by Riccardo Brazzale (born in Thiene, VI – 1960), renowned in the field of jazz as a musician (arranger, composer, conductor, pianist), scholar, teacher and promoter.
The L.S.O. is an atypical medium-band with six wind instruments and rhythm section (inspired, for example, by Miles Tuba Band, Monk Town Hall Orchestra and Mingus Black Saint Band). The band’s prime focus is on re-working of tradition with a contemporary approach, and on a compositional technique the main goal of which is to highlight live spirit as well as work-in-progress between performers.

The L.S.O. repertoire has often been broadcast by Italian, European and American radio stations and has also been widely acclaimed by Italian and international journalists and critics. It includes re-workings and tributes to traditional jazz, original music and Italian composers. Since many years L.S.O. is collecting positive critics in Italy and abroad such as: "top-flight Italian jazz orchestra" (Steven Loewy, All music Guide), "rich, flamboyant, precious, combination of sounds(Aldo Gianolio, Musica Jazz), "freedom and structure" (Jerry D’Souza, Allaboutjazz), melting different influences and turn them into a personal language (Sergio Pasquandrea, Jazzit), "controlled anarchy" (Tim Stenhouse, Jazz Wise), natural respect, child-like enthusiasm, a reasonable deal of boldness” (Stefano Merighi, Musica jazz), “éminentement recomandable (Domi Truffandier (Jazz Hot), "humor and musicalitymusic interesting, refreshing and exciting (Don Albert, Financial Mail), "here there is really something new" (Stefano Zenni, Il Giornale della Musica). 

The L.S.O. performed in many jazz and classical contemporary music festivals, as well as in theatre events and cultural meetings, both in Italy and in Europe, recording for Rai Radio Tre (national broadcast) and producing many independent records. Most notably are the first “Melodious Thunk” (1993), the unpublished Ellington’s suite “Timon of Athens” (1995), the fundamental tribute titled “Monk at Town Hall & More” (2002, with liner notes by Ira Gitler), to conclude with recordings for AlmaRecords: “Back to Da Capo” (2006), "Live in Appleby" (2008, recorded in England during their tour in 2007), "The Lydian Trip" (2009), “Ruby, Nellie & Nica” and “Reflections” (2012), almost personal lectures of jazz history. In 2014 L.S.O. performed Mingus’ masterpiece “The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady” at Mart in Rovereto (Museum of Contemporary Art), an opera-ballet in cooperation with Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni. L.S.O. is working on new projects at the present moment, both live and recorded, such as George Russel’s tribute titled “Music for Lovely Souls (Beloved by Nature), together with the one titled "We Resist: Sounds, Rhythms & Freedom” focused on civil engagement.

L.S.O. is working on new projects at the present moment, both live and recorded, such as the music for cd “Music for Lovely Souls (Beloved by Nature)", together with the one titled "We Resist!” (Parco della Musica, Roma 2017) focused on civil engagement; so, some tributes to Ellington (Concerti del Quirinale, 2017), Monk (“Sempre Monk”, Umbria Jazz 2017), Gillespie ("To Be or Not To Bop", Victoria 2017).

In the last few years the line-up featured Robert Bonisolo, Pietro Tonolo, Mattia Cigalini, Rossano Emili (reeds), Gianluca Carollo, J Kyle Gregory, Giovanni Hoffer, Roberto Rossi and Glauco Benedetti (brass), Paolo Birro (piano), Marc Abrams (bass) and Mauro Beggio (drums). Many young musicians as well as outstanding Italian and international musicians played together with Riccardo Brazzale and his L.S.O. during the years: Enrico Rava, Palle Danielsson, Claudio Fasoli, Gianluigi Trovesi, Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler, Franco D’Andrea, Manfred Schoff, Paul Motian, Terrell Stafford, Charles Mc Pherson, Julian Arguelles, Dave Liebman, Don Moye and Mingus Dynasty, Paolo Fresu, Dave Murray, only to name but a few. In the last years, according to “Top Jazz”, the chart published by the historical magazine Musica Jazz, L.S.O. has been named one of the most outstanding groups on the Italian jazz scene;  Top Jazz also named Riccardo Brazzale as “arranger and composer of the year” in 2008 and, finally, L.S.O. as best italian jazz group in 2016. 

In addition to his work with the LSO, Brazzale has also collaborated with other artists and orchestras (for example, he performs as guest director for the Milano Civica Big Band), but he is not only a musician: he is also an essayist and translator for daily newspapers and jazz magazines. With Franco Fayenz, he wrote an important book about "Lennie Tristano", published by Nuovi Equilibri (2006); he has supervised the Italian edition of Geoff Dyer’s collection of tales “But Beautiful”, published in Italy under the title Natura morta con custodia di sax (Instar libri) and John Fordham’s encyclopedic ”Jazz“ (Idea Libri Rusconi). He is also the author of an original American diary titled “Xèpi isy draivare 'l caro, an Anglo-venetian expression for ”It’s easier to drive a car“ (Agorà, 3rd edition 2012).

Riccardo Brazzale is artistic director for Veneto’s Music Institute ”Città di Thiene“ (where he teaches jazz composition), he’s teaching history of jazz at the Conservatorium of Music in Vicenza and in Castelfranco Veneto. He is also the artistic manager of musical projects (in particular Vicenza Olympic Theater’s productions) as well as supervisor for editorial activity at Culture Department for Vicenza Municipality. Co-founder of the I-Jazz Association and the record label Almar, he’s also the founder and artistic director of the ”New Conversations – Vicenza Jazz“ Festival, born in 1996 (XXII edition on next 2017).

 

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