Active on the international jazz scene for about thirty years, saxophonist Roberto Ottaviano has played and recorded with some of the most important American and European musicians spanning several generations: Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Chet Baker, Albert Mangelsdorff, Keith Tippett, Steve Swallow, Kenny Wheeler, Henri Texier, Paul Bley, Aldo Romano, Tony Oxley, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Trilok Gurtu, Enrico Rava and many others. A long artistic journey that has led Ottaviano in all these years to square the circle of his passions and musical curiosities, combining them with a search for sound and language that brings together free improvisation, the great tradition of jazz and cultural roots. In recent years, Roberto Ottaviano has returned to occupy that leading role on the Italian jazz scene that competes him. With his new project, the "Eternal Love" quintet, Roberto Ottaviano places the accent on music as a medicine for the soul and as a cement of collective identities. Eternal Love is a tribute to Africa, its culture, its music and its people, in an era of migration and racial intolerance that seems to take us back to America in the 50s and 60s, by Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. With a selection of compositions by Don Cherry, Abdullah Ibrahim, Charlie Haden, John Coltrane, Dewey Redman, Elton Dean and original songs, in an exciting journey that invites listeners to go beyond the notes, in search of an inner thickness without which it is difficult to be able to propose oneself as a model to the new generations, not only of artists.
20 October National Opera and Ballet, 20:00 NOB, 20:00