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Chicago (IL), PianoForte Foundation - 1335 S. Michigan Ave.November 11 th, 2015

“All directions” performed by duo Marzi Zanchini



R. Galliano - Viaggio

Perotinus - Beata Viscera

Astor Piazzolla - Oblivion Libertango

Simone Zanchini - Valzer storto

Egberto Gismonti - Suite Brazilian story 

A. Piazzolla - Vuelvo al Sur

Javier Girotto - El cacerolazo

The project “All direction” born from the desire to share the music of artists, who starting from distinctly popular musical phenomena, achieved the definition of a universal language, filtering and synthesizing their experiences in more sophisticated and unmistakable personal writing.".... The fusion-union of our different musical experiences seemed to be the ideal mirror in which to search for a meeting point between emotion, instinct and personal research. Music helped to strengthen our friendship, by repeating once more that it is very special art and that it has no frontiers or fences because it lives with an incredible force, the freedom .... "

MARIO MARZI (saxophone)Winner of nine national and four international competitions, has performed with the most important symphonic orchestras, amongst them the “Orchestra Sinfonica RAI di Torino”, “Accademia naz. di Santa Cecilia”, “Arena di Verona”, “Teatro Comunale di Firenze”, “Teatro alla Fenice di Venezia”, “Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana” and the “Caracas Symphony Orchestra”. Since twenty years he has been working with the “Teatro alla Scala” and with the “Filarmonica della Scala” under the baton of the nowadays leading conductors R. Muti, C. M. Giulini, G. Prètre, L. Maazel, L. Berio, S. Bychkov, G. Sinopoli, W. Sawallisch, M. W. Chung, G. Dudamel, C. Abbado, R. Chailly and D. Harding. He often plays with Mr. Riccardo Muti and is regularly invited to join Mr. Zubin Mehta and the “Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” on concert tours. He has played at famous national and international festivals such as the “Biennale di Venezia”, “Settembre Musica”, “La Scala di Milano”, “Accademia Filarmonica di Roma” or the “Ravenna Festival”. Other concerts took place in Salzburg, Athens, Madrid, Saint Petersburg and Mexico City as well as in prestigious halls and theatres such as in the “Carnegie Hall” in New York, the “Suntory Hall” in Tokyo, the “Gewandhaus” in Leipzig, the “Musikverein” in Wien, the “Schauspielhaus” in Berlin, the “Lacma Museum” in Los Angeles, the “Grand National Theatre” of China-Beijing, the “European Parliament” in Brussels, the “Ciajkovskij Hall” in Moscow and the “Liceu” in Barcelona etc.He devoted himself to XXth century repertoire and some of the most meaningful contemporary works for saxophone are dedicated to him. He has recorded for EMI, Edipan, Stradivarius, Agorà, BMG and Sony Classical. His CD of the major saxophone concertos for soloist and orchestra, which he recorded with “G. Verdi Symphony Orchestra” conducted by H. Schellemberger, was recently released in Italy by Amadeus and is now internationally released on ARTS (München). He is Rico’s endorser..Marzi teaches saxophone at “G. Verdi” conservatory in Milan, gives post-graduate courses and master classes in Oporto, Amsterdam, Lisboa, Frankfurt, Beijing, Wien, London, Washington, Sydney, Denver and Caracas, within the Abreu’s project (El Sistema).Member of the jury in the main competition for the saxophone, including Dinant in 2010, he is responsible for Italy of Gerry Mulligan’s Publisher. He is also author of several educational scores for Carisch.His book Il Saxofono Zecchini Ed. was published in October

SIMONE ZANCHINI (accordion)Considered one of the most interesting and innovative accordion player on the international scene, his research moves between the boundaries of contemporary music, acoustic and electronic sound experimentation, mixing together experiences and super-refined influences issuing in an absolutely personal approach to improvisation materials. Eclectic musician, performs an intense concert activity with groups of diverse musical backgrounds (improvisation, contemporary music, jazz, classical). Graduated with honors in classical accordion at the Conservatory G. Rossini in Pesaro.He has performed in several Festivals in Italy (Clusone Jazz, Umbria Jazz, Tivoli Jazz, Jazz in the Time-Berchidda, Sant'Anna Arresi, Barga Jazz, Mara Jazz, Jazz-in'it, Ravenna Festival, Rossini Opera Festival, Siena Jazz, Roccella Jonica etc.) and in the mainly international Festivals (France, Austria, Germany, England, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Spain, England, Norway, Russia, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Venezuela, Japan, etc.).He has collaborated with many internationally renowned musicians from different musical backgrounds such as: Thomas Clausen, Gianluigi Trovesi, Javier Girotto, Marco Tamburini, Massimo Manzi, Tamara Obrovac, Krunoslav Levacic, Vasko Atanasovski, Paul Fresu, Antonello Salis, Han Bennink, Art Van Damme, Bruno Tommaso, Ettore Fioravanti, Mario Marzi, Michele Rabbia, Andrea Dulbecco, Giovanni Tommaso, Gabriele Mirabassi, Frank Marocco, Bill Evans, Adam Nussbaum, Jim Black. Since 1999 he collaborates with the Soloists of the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, with this group he toured regularly. Aside from musical performances and reasearch, Zanchini leads also accordion's workshops and collective impro.He recorded more then twenty albums since 1995.Some of the last are: 2006 Be-bop Buffet (Wide Sound) a duet with Frank Marocco, a model of the Bebop language expressed with the accordion. 2009 Better Alone...! (Silta Records) a solo project where prove all tone colours of his instrument through the use of a particular midi accordion, live electronics and laptop, in the same year he published also Fuga per Art Jazz 5et (DodiciLune Records), the unique tribute work of Zanchini, a tribute to his great Master and one of the greatest exponents of the jazz accordion: Art Van Damme. 2010 he published a new Project with Ratko Zjaca – guitar, Martin Gjaconovski – dbass and Adam Nussbaum – drums: The way we talk (In&Out Records). In May 2012 has been released the latest Zanchini's project: MY ACCORDION'S CONCEPT (Silta Records) a project built up on radical improvisation with the acoustic accordion and live electronics, a brave attempt to subvert the common code of expression through the accordion.

Free Concert performed at PianoForte Foundation - 1335 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago,


Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Entrance : Free