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D'ISTANTE3 is a creative music project bringing together the two Italian improvisers Giancarlo Mazzù and Luciano Troja, and the New York based saxophonist Blaise Siwula.
Collaboration between the three musicians began in 2009, with their first performance together in NYC at ABC No-Rio, where Siwula is the curator of C.O.M.A. Series. In 2011 “d’istante3” performed in several venues around NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Harlem); in April that year, in the Wombat Studio in Brooklyn, the trio decided to record their special synergy in the spontaneous session presented on this, their first CD
LUCIANO TROJA (b.1963) & GIANCARLO MAZZÙ (b.1967).
Giancarlo and Luciano play together on the european jazz scene since 2002. Their music is mainly based on the search for new forms and expressions, related to tradition with a solid jazz background, mixed with folk music, classical forms and free improvisation.
Both are composers and players of Mahanada Quartet, a well-known creative music ensemble with whom they played in several jazz and contemporary festivals in Europe and USA. With Mahanada they released three CDs for SplascH Records label, [uno], Taranta’s Circles, and Mannahatta, all critically-acclaimed, (“Critic’s Choice Top Ten 2006” Cadence Jazz Magazine, ”Best Albums Of 2006"All About Jazz Italy).
They composed also for several theatre works, playing on stage, and represented Italy (w/ Mahanada) at XI Athens Biennial of Art 2003. They played with various musicians of the creative area, among the others Barre Phillips, Globe Unity Orchestra, Blaise Siwula, and Jimmy Weinstein.
Luciano and Giancarlo released two CDs in duo “Seven Tales About Standards" (2006) and "Seven Tales About Standards Vol.2" (2009), for SplascH Records label. Both the CDs have received great reviews and awards internationally. (“Top Ten CDs 2006” El Intruso Jazz Magazine, “Best Album of 2009” All About Jazz Italy, and nominations for "CD of the Year", "Group of the Year" and “Instrumentists of the Year” on Top Jazz Poll 2009 of Musica Jazz magazine).
BLAISE SIWULA (b. 1950) He has studied various art forms through the years from music as a teenager (began studying saxophone) then poetry as a young man followed with visual arts (MFA Wayne State University) while maintaining a connection with and integrating music (specifically-improvisation). The result after 40 years of improvising is an outside–inside style of playing that infuses sound art with spontaneous melody.
A resident of NYC (since 1989) saxophonist Blaise Siwula has worked with a wide variety of creative musicians in the Jazz-Free Jazz- Free and New Music scene including - Cecil Taylor, Tan Dun, Katsuyuki Itakura, Toshi Makihara, William Parker, Luther Thomas, Donald Miller, Dom Minasi, Peter Kowald, Perry Robinson, Bern Nix, Sten Hostfalt, Vincent Chancey, Paul Hession, Bob Meyer, Borah Bergman, Sonny Simmons, Luciano Troja, Giancarlo Mazzù, Joseph Scianni, Ken Filiano, Dominic Duval & Carsten Radtke.
Currently Blaise is preparing to visit Morocco this May 2012 to record and perform with Tarik Touil
Blaise has performed throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico , Europe (England, Germany, Portugal, Poland, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia, Switzerland, Denmark), Asia (Korea, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines).
Discography includes releases on CIMP Records, Cadence Jazz Records, Konnex Records, Cappuccinonet.com Records, Re:Konstruct and NoFrillsMusic.com
Blaise also curates the C.O.M.A. improvised music series at ABC No-Rio in NYC (1998-2012)
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