Itaca 4et

  • François Houle (clarinet)
  • Nicola Fazzini (alto sax)
  • Alessandro Fedrigo (bass guitar)
  • Nick Fraser (drums)

Itaca 4et is a trans-atlantic collaboration between eminent Italian and Canadian musicians in the field of avant-jazz and improvised music. Their music is dynamic, rhythmic and rich with improvisatory possibilities. This project came about after François Houle traveled to Italy to perform at the SILE Jazz Festival in 2016 at the invitation of its artistic director, Alessandro Fedrigo. This first meeting led to François assisting Alessandro and saxophonist Nicola Fazzini to perform in Canada in 2017. The two of them collaborated with drummer Nick Fraser at the Toronto Jazz Festival, and with François Houle at the Vancouver Jazz Festival.

Strong from these meetings and well-received performances, these four musicians decided to join forces to form a unique international collaboration. Featuring new works composed especially for an Canadian tour in 2018, the group plans on recording soon after, and are at the planning stages of an extensive European tour in the fall of 2019.