The Malta Independent 10 April 2020, Friday

Upcoming concert showcasing work created with international Jazz celebrity

Thursday, 6 February 2020, 15:28 Last update: about 3 months ago

In an upcoming concert which concludes the Medinea session in Malta, 11 musicians coming from 8 different countries will be presenting new music developed throughout an intercultural composition residency this February, under the direction and mentorship of Jazz celebrity Fabrizio Cassol.

Belgian jazzman and composer Cassol, hailed as one of the top saxophone players in the jazz world, is mostly known for his work with the trio Aka Moon. In recent years, he has been actively advocating intercultural communication through music and has worked incessantly to bring together young musicians coming from different musical backgrounds and traditions.

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Fabrizio Cassol will be in Malta this month to lead one of the four 2020 Medinea sessions. The session is part of a larger project, the Medinea network, aiming at bringing together the diverse sounds of the Mediterranean by means of experimentation with different traditional instruments, melodies and sounds.

 "This is a unique opportunity to witness the power of music as a common language for communication in the Mediterranean area," states local partner Davinia Galea. "We are proud that together with our partners, amongst which the Festival Aix-en-Provence - an institution in the classical music scene - we have managed to facilitate a project which provides a one-off opportunity for Maltese young musicians, as well as other musicians coming different countries to converse through their music, together with a master in the field."

The music residency sessions will start in Malta on the 13th February, leading up to a concert at Robert Samut Hall on the 27th February at 19h30. The concert will showcase the work which would have been created in throughout the residency and will also feature local għannejja, Yvette Buhagiar.

Medinea is co-funded by the Erasmus+ and the Creative Europe programmes of the European Union, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Orange Foundation. This session is co-produced by the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, hosted by ARC Research & Consultancy with the support of Arts Council Malta and in collaboration with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the School of Performing Arts, University of Malta.

More information may be accessed on the ARC research & consultancy website https://www.arcrc.eu/. Tickets for the concert may be purchased on www.showshappening.com


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