Between Jazz Festival

Between Jazz Festival
Piazza Armerina
July 21 – 31, 2022
Artistic Director Stefano Mastruzzi

From July 21 until July 31, in the beautiful Baroque city of Piazza Armerina, the first Edition of the “Between Jazz Festival” will take place, promoted and organized by the prestigious Saint Louis College of Music school and the GlobArt Cultural Association, and in collaboration with Georgia Lo Faro Eventi .

The leitmotif that inspires “Between Jazz Festival” is to encourage the meeting of different artistic currents that merge into a single language, in the name of contamination and cultural comparison.

The prestigious programming will be articulated dynamically involving different locations in the city: in Cathedral Square on July 21 (at 9 p.m.) will be staged – “THE GREAT OPERA IN JAZZ” with the extraordinary pianist Danilo Rea, who will present an unprecedented project to rediscover the wonders of Italian melodrama in an innovative key that, thanks to technology, will bring back to life the voices of the great opera singers of the 20th century, extracts from videos and historical recordings, which will be projected on a maxi screen.

On July 22, it will be the turn of “JAZZ TANGO” with Argentine saxophonist and composer Javier Girotto & Aires Tango; this is a project in which the melos and rhythms of Argentine music lend themselves to jazz improvisation, becoming building blocks for the most engaging instrumental fantasies. On July 23, “UN SERIO GIOCO” with Daniela Spalletta on vocals and Stefania Tallini on piano, a musical project where the two artists meet at the crossroads of some common passions: jazz, ancient and chamber music repertoire, contemporary and traditional music, all explored and reworked through extensive use of the language of ‘improvisation.

July 24 will feature “QU4TTRO” with Claudio Terzo, Manfredi Tumminello, Umberto Porcaro, and Ferdinando Moncada, each with their own genre, whose common passion is the guitar, veterans of the stages as soloists or with their respective bands, who now collaborate to bring to life a show full of musical virtuosity. The project stems from the careful selection of songs that the four musicians perform in a totally acoustic key and in vocal polyphony. The festival will continue at Garibaldi Square, which winds through the heart of the urban structure and everyday life, where ensembles of young jazz talents from the Saint Louis Institute of High Artistic Training in Rome and Sicilian conservatories will perform (starting at 7:30 p.m.).

On July 29 the – Two Giants Trio formed by Luca Mazzola, Alberto Petrigno and Federico Chisesi will perform old songs from the American tradition of the first half of the 20th century with western swing inspiration. On July 30 come the – Fake Five a musical project related to Latin and Latin Jazz with pianist Carmelo Clemente, bassist Luca La Russa and percussionist Federico Mordino. Last concert on July 31 with Davide Rizzuto Gipsy Trio, a musical journey from the Gypsy Jazz genre to history-making Jazz Standards.

The programming conceived by Artistic Director Stefano Mastruzzi, a well-known composer and musician and Director of the Saint Louis School of Music, creates an imaginary dialogue between the infinite and unpredictable souls of jazz, the elegance of the forms of Opera arias, the spontaneity of Mediterranean motifs and popular songs, the sensual charm of Argentine tango and the irreverent reiteration of African-American blues. “Between Jazz Festival” will allow citizens and tourists to enjoy the music of some of the greatest artists of Italian jazz, in a magical and evocative place like the enchanting Piazza Armerina.

Jazz, therefore, will become the common thread of the meeting and contamination between different identities and artistic expressions that will enrich even more the tourist offer of the area, affirming the Sicilian city for its vitality, between history and tradition and contemporaneity, in the national panorama.



July 21 – THE GREAT OPERA IN JAZZ – Danilo Rea
July 22 – JAZZ TANGO – Javier Girotto & Aires Tango
July 23 – A SERIOUS GAME – Daniela Spalletta and Stefania Tallini duo.
July 24 – QU4TTRO – Claudio Terzo, Manfredi Tumminello, Umberto Porcaro, Ferdinando Moncada


July 30 – FAKE FIVE