Ialsax Quartet

(Italie - Italy)

Gianni Oddi

(saxophone soprano - soprano saxophone)

Cristiano Carrano

(saxophone alto - alto saxophone)

Andrea Pace

(saxophone ténor - tenor saxophone)

Elvio Ghigliordini

(saxophone baryton - baritone saxophone)

Ialsax Quartet, founded by Gianni Oddi in 1991, offers the musical project – Jazz, Classical and others –. A musical itinerary through which the quartet accompanies the listener from polyrhythms of jazz, severe shapes of classical music up to the colours of modern music.

Ialsax recorded for Pentaphon the CD "Contrasti". The Quartet participated in a great number of concerts and on RAI (Italian National Radiotelivision) amd Radio Vaticana radio programs. Among the most important concerts to be remembers the X World Saxophone Congress (Pesaro, 1992), "Music Meetings 1993" (Auileia and Grado), the Concertgebouw and the Italian Institute of Culture (Amsterdam 1994), "2000 Music Project" (Rome 1996), the festival "Palcoscento Roma" (Rome 1997), the "European Festival of Jazz" (Syria 1998), the "Festival of Jazz" (Lebanon 1998), the Cairo Opera Theatre and the Italian Institute of Culture (Egypt 1998), Discoteca di Stato (Rome 1998), the African Tour through the capitals of Ethiopa, Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Angola (Spring 1999).

Gianni Oddi studied piano with A. They and the saxophone with A. Fusco and B. Maestri. He played for many years as lead alto sax in the RAI (Italian National Radiotelevision) Studio Band of Rome. He taught piano at the Frosinone Conservatory "L. Refice". He is currently involved in concert and educational activities in Italy and abroad.

Cristiano Carrano graduated in saxophone studying with M. Raja at the Conserrvatory of Perugia. He collaborated with RAI Symphony Orchestra and the RAI Studio Band in Rome, with the Rome Opera Theatre, with chamber ensembles and theatre companies, playing in Italy and abroad. He is a saxophone professor at the Conservatory of Salerno.

Andrea Pace graduated in saxophone and Jazz music at the Conservatory of Frosinone. He played as a soloist for important roman music associations as well as in orchestras conducted by E. Morricone, D. Paris, G. Ferrio, N. Piovani. He is a saxophone professor at the Conservatory of Naples and carries out classical and jazz concert activities.

Elvio Ghigliordini graduated in flute with the highest grades studying with R. Nicolaj, specializing afterwards with C. Klemm and S. Milan. He played as a soloist and collaborated with Lyrical-Symphonic orchestras. As a saxophonist he has collaborated with G. Bartz, D. Harrison, S. Turrè, M. Urbani, E. Henderson, G. Garzone and others. He also played in numerous Jazz festivals in Italy and abroad.

Ialsax Quartet a choisi d'interpréter:
Ialsax Quartet has chosen to perform:
Dimitri Nicolau

Ialsaxmusic, op.177

Carlo Mezzanotte


[quatuor de saxophones et électroniques / saxophone quartet and electronics]

* Création / World premiere

The lalsaxmusic op. 177, for first characteristic it has the fact that using a limited number of interpreters the quantity of the instruments is also tripled almost: four saxophonists that besides their "natural" instrument they also play some percussions to the piano, different types of flutes, clarinet and bass clarinet.

Certainly the whole composition is not confined to expose only the intrumental aspect but it is founded and it develops some peculiar and musical characteristics of the interpreters. Rhythmic agility, expressiveness, their rich baggage of experiences in the music modern Jazz, the contemporary music and their sense of "musical theatricality".

Then in a continuous to follow of melodies, rhythms, changes of intruments, solo cadences and accompanied, it comes of orchestrated passages finally composed in a small musical party to the insignia of a serious fun in a modern Mediterranean musical taste. (Dimitri Nicolau)

In Rewind the quartet acts as a generator of a timbral continuum, with a unified colour but always mutating slighlty. The themes and counterpointys blend in timbral and melodic layers, as if coming from a single, polyphonic instruments. The electronic part augments and extends this feeling by setting a supporting ambience, thus evoking a sort of imaginary, or future, ethnic music. (Carlo Mezzanotte)

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