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Luciano Troja

Born in Messina, Italy (Sicily), self-taught from the age of 6, he studied for several years with the pianist-composer Salvatore Bonafede, and, in New York for a brief and intensive time with Richie Beirach. In the years he attended several jazz courses and clinics, among the others Siena Jazz; Berklee Clinics in Umbria, Aebersold School in London , and piano courses with Shirley Scott, James Williams and Franco D’Andrea. Luciano performed in several festival and jazz- clubs in Europe and US. He is the pianist of the Mahanada Quartet an original combination of free improvisation and written music

Any Morning

Label: Slam Productions
Released: 2019
Track listing: Afternoon; Quando il vento è cessato; First Time; Any Morning; Manlight; Lifetime; Before The Wind; Overcoming Obstacles; Da cuore a cuore; Stars Over Me.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Giancarlo Mazzù, Luciano Troja, Francesco Branciamore: Broad-Ways

Read "Broad-Ways" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Giancarlo Mazzù e Luciano Troja (clicca qui per leggere la loro intervista) tornano al loro primo amore, la rilettura libera e creativa degli standard a cui avevano dedicato i primi tre album del loro sodalizio artistico (clicca qui per leggere la recensione del secondo), ma questa volta lo fanno coinvolgendo la batteria di Francesco Branciamore.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

A dialogo con Giancarlo Mazzù e Luciano Troja

Read "A dialogo con Giancarlo Mazzù e Luciano Troja" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il chitarrista calabrese Giancarlo Mazzù e il pianista siciliano Luciano Troja formano ormai da molti anni una coppia artistica molto affiatata. Messisi in luce nell'interessante quartetto Mahanada, che realizzò tre album tra il 2004 e il 2008 (leggi la recensione di Mahanatta), i due hanno poi consolidato la loro intesa artistica pubblicando i due volumi di ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Luciano Troja e l'arte del duo

Read "Luciano Troja e l'arte del duo" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Luciano Troja è un pianista messinese dai molteplici interessi: ama gli standard, che sviscera e rilegge assieme al chitarrista Giancarlo Mazzù (clicca qui qui per leggere l'intervista che abbiamo fatto loro), frequenta con continuità l'improvvisazione radicale, si dedica al piano solo studiando la musica di Earl Zyndars al quale ha dedicato il CD At Home with ...

Broad-Ways

Label: Ack Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Begin the Beguine; Puttin’ on the Ritz; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Pert 1; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Part 2; Night and Day; I Concentrate on You; Something Gotta Give; Change Partners; Let’s Face the Music and Dance; The Way You Look Tonight; Cheek to Cheek; Dancing in the Dark; A Fine Romance; All of You.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Enrico Pieranunzi, Federico Casagrande: Double Circle

Read "Double Circle" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

L'incontro tra la chitarra acustica e il pianoforte è sempre molto affascinante, oltre a essere anche piuttosto raro (qui in Italia, vanno ricordati quelli di Giancarlo Mazzù con Luciano Troja). Il duetto documentato su questo CD ha la particolarità di essere l'incontro anche di due diverse generazioni di musicisti jazz italiani, visto che al piano siede ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Blasie Siwula/Luciano Troja/John Murchison: Beneath the Ritual

Read "Beneath the Ritual" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The biggest slice of the free jazz stew is cooked up with--going back to the beginnings of alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman's artistry--a horn or two stirred in with bass and drums. The chording instrument--guitar or piano--is generally optional. But when a piano sits in, the potential for sweetening the sound bounces up big time. Consider Coleman's ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Three Shots from Siwula: Blaise Siwula & NoFrillsMusic

Read "Three Shots from Siwula: Blaise Siwula & NoFrillsMusic" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The emergence of free jazz in the 1950s and 1960s pioneered a new way of thinking about music that not only affected the way music sounded, but also the way it was shared and distributed. In many ways, free jazz was a movement away from mainstream and mass-distribution and the rediscovery of music as art, but ...

Messina Sea Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Messina Sea Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

Messina Sea Jazz Festival 2013Messina, ItalyJuly 17-21, 2013Messina, the city on the Sicilian side of the Straits connecting the Thyrrenian and the Ionian seas--for the geographically challenged, that bit of sea on the point of the Italian boot--is not on the list of the most famous Italian or even Sicilian ...


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