Second episode dedicated to the best of Italian jazz with the duo Marcotulli & Moroni in concert in Orvieto.
‘JazzLife, Life in J major‘, the format created by Umbria Jazz and promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presents the piano duo Rita Marcotulli and Dado Moroni in a previously unheard concert in the splendid setting of the Orvieto Cathedral.
Rita Marcotulli and Dado Moroni, golden couple of Italian and international jazz with extraordinary careers behind them, talk about their vision of the engaging piano duo formula.
In recent years, the lady of Italian jazz has been a familiar face at Umbria Jazz, bringing with her most recent projects. These include: ‘Caraviaggianti’, a free and broad-reaching work that pays homage to the genius of Caravaggio; partnership with Maria Pia De Vito on songs by Joni Mitchell; shows by Gino Paoli and Massimo Ranieri; the Giovanni Tommaso trio dedicated to Gershwin; BAM with the Alborada Quartet and Marco Bardoscia; participation in the Assisi charity festival after the earthquake that hit Norcia. Not to mention the concert that she held in China, under the auspices of Umbria Jazz, in honour of the President Mattarella in his state visit in February 2017.
Dado Moroni is one of the most loved and valued Italian pianists in America. His precocious talent, which saw him enter the world of jazz as an enfant prodige, explains the quantity and quality of his collaborations, which include music with Ron Carter, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard and Ray Brown. Moroni too has been a strong presence at Umbria Jazz, always with different formulas: trio with Karima; duo with the guitarist Tessarollo; the Monk tribute project of the five pianists; piano duo with Kenny Barron; Italian Trio with Bonaccorso and Gatto; trios with Erskine and Gomez and with Locke and Giuliani; collaborations with Tom Harrell and Alvin Queen.
The magnificent concert setting is in the courtyard of one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture in Italy: Orvieto Cathedral. Construction began in 1290 and, in the early 14th century, the role of master builder was assigned to the sculptor and architect Lorenzo Maitani, from Siena, who, though he didn’t finish it, designed the façade as it appears today. The works continued until they were completed in the second half of 15th century by Ippolito Scalza, who built three of the four spires of the façade.