MPQ (the Mirko Pedrotti Quintet) was started in 2013 by the vibrophonist Mirko Pedrotti from Trentino (Italy), and focuses on the study, research and experimentation of instrumental music. Influences from a variety of musical sources can be heard in the group’s musical output: jazz, minimalist, rock, progressive, classical music among others – stylistic elements that coexist in their compositions, creating a contemporary, characteristic style. Captivating groove, polyrhythms and careful attention to timbral combinations are perhaps the main features of MPQ, who, soon after at the outset, won high acclaim: they were awarded absolute first prize at the Barga Jazz Contest (2013) and second place at the Baronissi Jazz Festival (2013) both of which helped to launch the group and give them visibility at national and international level.
In these years of activity, MPQ has performed in over fifty concerts both in Italy and abroad. Their collaborations with the guitarist Chris Montague and the trombonist Gianluca Petrella are particularly worthy of note.
MIRKO PEDROTTI – vibraphone
LORENZO SIGHEL – alto sax
LUCA OLZER – fender rhodes, synthesizers
MICHELE BAZZANELLA – bass
MATTEO GIORDANI - drums
JEMM MUSIC PROJECT
JEMM Music Project is about world music and brings the 6 musicians into a globalized context; ancestral tribalism is left behind but rediscovered in the contemporary world of improvisation and dance music.
Ancient African instruments meet Caribbean steel pans and the handpan of the 2000s.
The drums go back in their evolution, losing their skins and becoming simple wooden drums again. The electric bass and vibraphone bring the archaic rhythms to the present, while the woodwind section acts as a bridge to the great cosmic bands of the 70s.
On stage there are also hand-made percussion instruments, constructed from trees from South Tyrol: an expression of tribal appeal that pervades our cities and our customs.
Flutes, log drums, whistles and a myriad of objects are used outside the sphere for which they were intended, with the aim of creating groove; the result is an acoustic reinterpretation of dance music or psychedelic moments of collective improvisation.
The audience does not just listen, but actively participates in the performance by singing, moving and clapping with the music, seizing the opportunity for an intense emotional and sensorial experience.
MAX CASTLUNGHER - Steel Pan, Balafon, Handpan, Chalumeau, Percussion
MATTEO CUZZOLIN - Tenor Sax
MIRKO PEDROTTI – Vibraphone
HANNES MOCK– Trombone
MARCO STAGNI – Electric Bass
JACK ALEMANNO - Wooden Drums
GIANMARCO SCAGLIA & PAUL WERTICO QUARTET
"Dynamics in Meditation"
Dynamics in Meditation is a tribute to interplay, a sort of self-portrait halfway between reason and instinct, between rigour and freedom in a flow of emotions that radiate in a repertoire, whose only desire is to communicate.
All this makes "Dynamics in Meditation" an almost unique experience in the European jazz scene.
The repertoire consists of original compositions by Gianmarco Scaglia and impromptu compositions by all the members of the group. The four musicians work together with great energy, naturalness and creativity with the sonic, harmonic and rhythmic progressions, alternating them with more reflective, almost sidereal moments. A "book" to listen to and "read" page by page, track by track with a succession of sounds, colours and dynamics.
GIANMARCO SCAGLIA- Double Bass
PAUL WERTICO - Drums
MIRKO PEDROTTI – Vibraphone
SIMONE GUBBIOTTI– Guitar