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International Jazz Festival Musica Sulle Bocche 2018

International Jazz Festival Musica Sulle Bocche 2018
Henning Bolte By

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Musica Sulle Bocche
Diverse locations inside and sites outside town
Santa Teresa Gallura, Sardinia, Italy
August 23-26, 2018

Music gravitates toward special sites and special sites attract suitable music. It is a core value of Musica Sulle Bocche festival in Santa Teresa Gallura, a town at the northernmost tip in the western part of the island Sardinia at the Strait of Bonifacio, Bocche di Bonifacio, with opposite the island Corsica on sight. The island of Sardinia, way out south, situated between Barcelona and Naples, always had its very own characteristics and identity in terms of culture and mentality.

This year's MSB presented 10 concerts during four days at magnificent locations and sites: two beaches, Cala Grande/Valle Della Luna, Spiagga Rena Blanc, a lighthouse at Cape Testa, the country church of the Madonna de Buoncammino (Santuario Campestre Di Buoncampo), and in town on Piazza Santa Lucia and in the Santa Lucia Church. It was an assortment of Bach, Italian and Spanish Pop, Percussion, Mingus strings, Cantu a tenore vocals, action theatre, piano trio jazz, jazz from Alghero with Trilok Gurtu as the prominent guest and the Danilo Pérez Trio with Ben Street and Nate Winn . The official image of this year's edition of the festival by British artist George Underwood "Profile of a Marked Man" (oils on canvas, 2003) has been chosen as an expression of the intertwining of different cultures and musical styles as the festival's seminal spirit.

Fertile musical ground

The festival Musica Sulle Bocche was founded by the musician Enzo Favata from Alghero on the north-western coast and is held in the town of Santa Teresa Gallura at the northernmost tip in the western part of the island situated opposite the island Corsica at the Strait of Bonifacio, Bocche di Bonifacio. It is one of the five Sardinian jazz festivals including Cala Gonone in the inland province Nuoro, Time in Jazz in Berchidda on the western coast, the festival in Sant'Anna Arresi in the south and the two-day festival in Sassari. Sardinia has brought forth a number of strong jazz muscians. Among the best known are bassist Marcelo Melis, pianist/accordeonist Antonello Salis, trumpeter Paolo Fresu, saxophonist Enzo Favata, guitarist Paolo Angeli, guitarist Bebo Ferre and saxophonist/vocalist Gavino Murgia.

Sardinia has a remarkable and lively ancient musical tradition, especially in vocal polyphony, generally known as cantu a tenore and the peculiar old traditions—dating to 2000 B.C.- -of the triple reed instrument Launeddas. Cantu a tenore is most known from Tenores di Bitti recorded by Peter Gabriel, Enzo Favata's collaborations with Tenores di Bitti as well as the collaboration of Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger's collaboration with Tenores De Orosei. Most legendary is Ornette Coleman's collaboration in the '90s with four Sardinian vocalists at the 1998 Umbria Jazz Festival and his 1990 collaboration with the two Sardinian Launedda players Sergio Lecis and Dionigi Burranco in his group with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins. Especially the 90s brought an enormous cross-fertilizing productivity of jazz from Sardinia fostered by state funding.

Regione Autonoma della Sardegna

The island of Sardinia, far south, situated between Barcelona and Naples, always had its very own characteristics and identity in terms of culture and mentality. Its official name, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, indicates its domestic autonomy granted by a specific status. Sardinia's indigenous language and other provincial languages, such as Sassarese, Corsican-Gallurese, Algherese Catalan and Liguarian Tabarchino, are recognized by the regional law enjoying equal dignity with Italian. In ancient times its population was very much directed to the Mediterranean Sea but after the Nuraghe era the coastline became more and more unsafe and activity turned completely inland with an emerging and, for a long period, defining shepherd culture. A long Spanish-Catalan rule left a strong mark on culture, language and religion of the island.

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