Pericopes is a contemporary jazz project initiated in 2007 by pianist Alessandro Sgobbio and saxophonist Emiliano Vernizzi. One would best describe their style as ‘New Jazz’, with roots in the European tradition, Afro-American music, and improvisation, and an affinity for melody and compositional structure. Pericopes has already participated in many important jazz festivals in Europe – the Umbria Jazz Festival (Perugia, Italy), Jazz & Wine of Peace (Cormons, Italy), Parma Jazz Frontiere (Parma, Italy), Jazz Pas Grave and Unesco International Jazz Day (Paris, France), BurgJazz (Münster, Germany), presenting their acclaimed double-debut CD The Double Side. In 2014 Pericopes released Frames (ParmaFrontiere Records), a live DVD shot in the suggestive Teatro Sociale Gualtieri (Italy) which positively impressed American jazz journalist Dave Sumner (Bird is the Worm, All About Jazz) : “Sublime duo set. Some gorgeous moments on this recording.”
In Paris, Pericopes began collaborating with New-York-based drummer Nick Wight, marking the inception of a “transatlantic” musical direction and performing across the USA and Europe as « Pericopes +1 ». Since releasing These Human Beings (2015) and Legacy (2018), Pericopes+1 have been rigorously touring the world, despite living oceans apart — New York City, Paris and Milano. The saxophone, piano and drums power-trio “demonstrate power and intention” (Downbeat - USA) plus grit and creativity that has earned recognition from both industry pros and fans. This "cleverly unorthodox trio" (Musica Jazz - Italy) has been described as "an original, stylistically interesting" (Concerto - Austria) cross-genre band that “belongs to a new generation” (Jazz ‘N’ More - Switzerland) of European jazz.
UP is the new chapter of Pericopes+1’s evolution. UP is a simple word with multiple meanings: Hope in a society where people always look down at their phones. A reminder to lift our heads, enhance our perspectives and create positive change. A forward, ascending direction that artists and civilizations require to survive. Pericopes+1 draws on these inspirations to connect stories, melodies, rhythms and electronics with the past, present and future.
1st Prize at Umbria Jazz Festival 2013
1st Prize Padova Carrarese 2012
“Best Albums Of 2015″ Top List
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"Great record. Wonderful music with a very diverse repertoire, played
flawlessly. You can hear the spirit and mutual respect the three musicians
have for each other and the music. These guys have a history to be sure ." (Dave
Liebman) /// “There is the search but also heart. There is rage and love. There is the
howl but also the song. These three excellent musicians tell us about their being
human. Thank you! " (Enrico Rava) /// "Pericopes + 1 enters the American market
with These Human Beings with the “+1″ representing the addition of New York based
drummer Nick Wight. The varied program, musical interactions and progressive
thinking behind it are likely to generate interest on this side of the Atlantic
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