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The 6th Katara European Jazz Festival 2019: the Italian Jazz Band “Paolo Damiani ListeNew Trio”

The Embassy of Italy is glad to announce its participation in the 6th Katara European Jazz Festival 2019, one of the most renowned musical events in Doha thanks to the outstanding jazz performers coming from all over Europe. The initiative has been growing every year in terms of numbers, quality of performances and affection of the public in a climate of profuse cultural exchanges.

“We are pleased to have brought from Italy this year – says the Ambassador of Italy, Pasquale Salzano – the “Paolo Damiani ListeNew Trio”, made up of three champions of the Italian jazz traditions, Maestro Paolo Damiani (double bass performer), Daniele Tittarelli (saxophonist) and Ludovica Manzo (singer). Three extraordinary soloists who have often played in different ensemble, now together in this new format with a unique repertoire based on published and unpublished compositions by the musicians”.
The music of the Trio is rooted in the melodic and ethnic musical tradition of Southern Italy and classical Italian opera. The pieces allow for imagination and creativity. They are the results of meticulous research based on inquisitive listening, empathy, ironic enquiring and enjoyment.

“The repertoire proposed by Damiani, Tittarelli and Manzo – concludes Ambassador Salzano – is very special. It is a blend of jazz and Italian music traditions which results in an innovative contamination of sounds. The ListeNew Trio is able to interpret at best both the jazz and the Italian cultures, producing a mix of different styles which perfectly matches the Katara’s multicultural environment. You are all invited to come enjoy the engaging performance of the “Paolo Damiani ListeNew Trio”.

The Trio will perform on Tuesday, November 5th at 7:45 pm at Katara Esplanade – Katara Cultural Village Foundation.

Maestro Paolo Damiani, internationally-acclaimed composer, has been the Director of the Jazz Department at the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia since 2002. He is the first and only foreigner to be appointed Director of the French National Jazz Orchestra from 1999-2002. Maestro Damiani has performed worldwide together with musicians including Pat Metheny, Kenny Wheeler, Albert Mangelsdorff, Billy Higgins, Charlie Mariano, Antony Braxton, Cecil Taylor and many others. His album “Al tempo che farà” was awarded Best Recording of the Year in 2008. In 2011 he also won the Best Composer of the Year Top Jazz prize. In 2013 Maestro Damiani founded the first-ever Italian Jazz National Orchestra.

Daniele Tittarelli started studying sax at the age of nine and he graduated at Conservatory of Latina in classic saxophone. He is distinguished by the originality of sound and sensibility. He recorded five albums as leader and more than forty as sideman. He played in the most important European jazz festivals and worked with several musicians like Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider, Mike Stern, Youssef Latif, Frank Tiberi, Enrico Rava, Jeff Ballard, and many others.

Ludovica Manzo Italian vocalist and composer, she is active in a wide range of music. Her work includes songwriting, modern jazz and free improvisation and her singing is influenced by many sources, including the ethnic and the contemporary vocal expressions. She graduated with honours in Jazz Music at Conservatorio di Musica «Santa Cecilia» of Rome with Maria Pia De Vito and Paolo Damiani.