clarinet, bass clarinet, compositions
Marco Santilli is a clarinetist and a passionate composer for clarinet music
combining composition and improvisation, jazz and chamber music. Among his recent
published albums is „Godiva soleva", performed with the internationally known pianist
Paolo Alderighi. The album reveals Santilli's diverse musical influences
as well as "his rich and liquid tone with the darkness of a classically trained
clarinetist and the flexibility of a jazz musician." (The Clarinet) Marco
was brought up in Ticino, the Italian part of Switzerland and educated at the Conservatory
of Zurich (orchestral performance and teaching diploma) and Lausanne (soloist diploma
with "Premier prix de virtuosité"). He performed in orchestras such as the Zurich
Opera, Tonhalle Zurich, in ensembles playing at the Salzburger Festspiele, appeared
as soloist with Bigbands, clarinet choirs and played in numerous jazz gigs. His
interest in world, jazz and popular music have prompted him to devote more time
in writing and performing his own music.
Santilli Alderighi „Godiva soleva"
MONS Records (2012)
„Belli in zona", G. Muto e M. Santilli
„...anyone interested in either chamber music or jazz should experience
what this album has to offer. Every element - the compositions, the
performance, and the descriptive text - is exquisitely crafted, and
the result is a true masterpiece." (The Clarinet)
„...Es ist ein hellwaches Abtasten der beiden Musiker, das zwischen
schwelgerischem Sentiment und humoriger Verschmitztheit pendelt..."
„Würde Santilli Lieder schreiben, wären sie voller Poesie und sinnlicher
Bilder. (...) Unsere Fantasie bebildert die Musik wie von selbst, und
schon stecken wir mittendrin und sind Protagonist in unserem eigenen
inneren Film." (Concerto Magazin)
„...Un cd di altissimo livello - ha ottenuto cinque note nella recensione
della rivista specializzata Jazz'n'More." (Rivista di Lugano)
„...Ohne Pathos, mit viel Leichtigkeit und eleganter Virtuosität, die
13 Stücke auf der Debüt-CD „Godiva soleva" sind poetische Klanginseln
auf die man sich gerne, nur zu gerne begibt." (Radio DRS2)
„...Santilli e Muto sono anfibi.
Polistrumentisti, passano con tecnica sopraffina dagli „effetti" della
musica del secondo ‚900 alla musica popolare senza subire scadimenti
tecnici e di gusto. Bravissimi."
(Gianluigi Trovesi, Nembro, ottobre 2006)
„...Amidst the constant barrage of sound, information, images, etc.,
in our 21st Century, it is unbelievably refreshing to come across something
different, a "ray of light" through the murk. This CD by Giordano Muto
and Marco Santilli is one of the most beautiful examples of pure music
I‘ve heard in a long time - uncategorizable in the best sense! Listening
to them, I hear melodies, mysteries, great improvisation, astounding
interplay, and a soundtrack to a Fellini film that he forgot to make!
In short, I loved it, and I can‘t wait for the follow-up (I hope they
ask me to join them for a tune or two)! Enjoy!"
(Ken Peplowski, NYC, September 2006)
While it would be accurate to describe Santilli Alderighi's
debut album as „chamber jazz", this label does little justice to the
richness of the music it offers. Marco Santilli's compositional style
consciously draws on the expressive form of both classical music and
jazz, but it is with an almost instinctual stylistic assuredness that
he creates an ideal framework for bringing the colourful sonic spectrum
of his clarinet and bass clarinet to light while providing ample room
for Paolo Alderighi's virtuosity on the piano.
Titles such as "Il tanghero va all'immusonita sciorinando lusinghe"
("A scoundrel heaps flattery on a lady with a sulky face") should be
savoured; only then can you allow yourself to be caught up in the poetry
of the music...
„Godiva Soleva" is thirteen pieces of music, brilliantly performed with
clarinet and piano, as well as thirteen atmospherically dense tales.
They tell of the art of seduction, the purging of the superfluous, and
of a musical bridge between immigrants to the Leventina valley and those
who emigrated to Rio de la Plata. They speak of the alluring melancholy
and joy in discovering beauty in the smallest of things.
„Godiva Soleva" is thirteen poetical pearls of chamber jazz, composed
and played by Marco Santilli and Paolo Alderighi, two masters
of their craft!
The duo ‘Belli in zona' pays honour to the Italian
part of Switzerland by reviving its folk music and interpreting original
compositions, inspired by their home canton. To move away from the stereotypical
perceptions of Ticino, i.e. the land of gaiety and sunshine, Merlot
being served in ‘boccalini' and dancing clogs, the two musicians strived
to create a series of modern musical pictures, while still respecting
the traditions. The repertoire contains characteristic pieces with different
instruments which give their music a mixture of novel sounds. Elevated
contemporary music, band like and chamber music as well as opera, jazz,
pop and blues flow into their themes and influence one another. Because
of this, the musical pieces can be performed anywhere - such as theaters,
jazz clubs, concert halls as well as churches and squares. It's about
the conception of the canton Ticino, seen through the eyes of two sons
who emigrated to different speech areas, but who still preserve a bond
with their homeland. ‘Belli in zona' scenarise unique pictures with
their beautiful compositions.
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