- Nicola Fazzini (alto sax)
- Alessandro Fedrigo (bass guitar)
- Saverio Tasca (vibes)
- Luca Colussi (drums)
«QUAND LA RECHERCHE MUSICALE PRODUIT DE LA BEAUTÉ ON NE PEUT QUE S’EXTASIER»
Serge Baudot, Jazz Hot
«XY PLAYS A ‘MODERN JAZZ’ WITH CROSS STRUCTURES, COMPLEX CONNECTIONS AND A CONSTANT COURAGE TO RISK»
Ernst Mitter, Freistil, November 2013
«ONE OF THE MOST PECULIAR ITALIAN JAZZ GROUPS OF OUR TIME»
Stefano Merighi, Centro d’Arte in Padua
«ONCE YOU GET INTO “XY”‘S GAME, YOU’LL BE FASCINATED BY IT. EXCELLENT»
Enrico Bettinello, Il Giornale della Musica, May 2014
ITALIAN SECOND “BEST GROUP”
TOP JAZZ 2017 – MUSICA JAZZ magazine
XY Quartet can be considered by all means a representative band of the new Italian Jazz scene.
The group, established in 2011, looks back upon 5 CD (Idea F, XY, Orbite, QuartettoQuartetto and Strabordante printed by nusica.org), concerts by many of the major Italian Festivals and a growing artistic activity abroad.
The band has achieved numerous critical and public acclaims, has been rewarded as second best Italian group by Musica Jazz magazine in 2014 and 2017 and to its credit lists also interviews with specialised periodicals and a good number of positive reviews in Italy and abroad.
XY Quartet stands out live for its strenght and expressive effectiveness with which is able to elaborate musical, originals and innovative, materials maintaining a constant balance between improvisation and composition. Various influences mark the band music: jazz, contemporary, minimalism, electronic, prog, and each of these elements seem to merge into a peculiar and unique language that puts the band on the international spotlight.
Moved by different interests such as musical research but also science fiction, architecture and literature, the Nicola Fazzini and Alessandro Fedrigo band leaders love to picture their music as an inspiration and creation conceived by the imaginary character Jon Futuru. Jon, the fruit of
Alessandro Fedrigo’s vivid imagination, lives in the outer space of a long gone time. This entrangement (alienation) game is nothing but a reflection on the musical language itself, on the different materials that make it up and on the meaning they have in our society. The elements of the musical language are taken away from their historical, geographical, social context and projected into another dimension that becomes an hypothetical extraterrestrial future.
During the years XY Quartet has realized different live experiences, one of which is the remarkable multimedia project in collaboration with the video artist Claudio Sichel, not to mention a theatre multidisciplinary production dedicated to the italian poet Dante Alighieri.
XY Quartet has also taken part in some of the most important Jazz Festivals in Italy and around the world and here a short list only to remember some of them in Italy : Umbria Jazz Winter, Novara Jazz, Centro d’Arte Padova, Ivrea Jazz Festival, Una striscia di terra feconda in Roma, Nel gioco del jazz in Bari,Jazz, Jazz and Wine of peace in Cormons, Ferrara Jazz Club, Casa del Jazz in Rome; and abroad XY Quartet had tours in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, The Netherlands,Slovenia, Finnland and Hungary.
Nicola Fazzini is a saxophonist and composer originally from Milan, now Venetian resident. With an established live musical experience in Italy and abroad, he appears in several recordings and has collaborated with internationally renowned musicians like Enrico Rava, Peter Erskine, and emerging talents like Miles Okazaki, Amir ElSaffar, and Samuel Blaser. For years he’s been devoting himself to pursue innovative and experimental musical projects (XY Quartet, Hyper+, CREI). He also worked as an educator with the University Ca’ Foscari and as an artistic director with many other institutions for special projects (Jazz Area Metropolitana, File Jazz Festival, Musicafoscari.S. Servolo Jazz Fest).
Alessandro Fedrigo is a specialist of the acoustic bass guitar all other the world. The one he plays is fretless and often he uses sound effects to modify this instrument’s sound. For him, the importance of researching a peculiar sound is crucial. During his career he played jazz, free improvisation, experimental music, electronic and explored multimedia performances. He recorded more than 30 cds. He played with Amir ElSaffar, Samuel Blaser, Francois Huole, Tony Scott, Jimmy Weinstein, Chris Hunter, Ben Monder, Robert Wyatt, Elliot Zigmund, Ferenc Nemeth. In 2011 JAZZiT awarded him as one of the best bass players of the year. The same year, he published his first solo-album “Solitario” (nusica.org). He took part to original projects like Silvia Donati & StandHard 3io, Quartetto Terrestre with Achille Succi, “Corde Alterne” with Roberto Gemo, “Maya” dedicated to the great film-maker Maya Deren, CREI Ensemble. Since 2011 he is the artistic director of nusica.org, an indipendent, digital, ecological and conceptual label. He is also the principal curator of “Sile Jazz” Festival in Treviso which offers site-specific concerts in Treviso area.
Saverio Tasca plays both vibes and marimba but he is also a composer who experiments different music languages like jazz, contemporary and classical. He worked both in Italy and all other the world also for the theatre, playing with Franco D’Andrea, Jovanotti, Ivano Fossati and many others. Now he teaches at Vicenza Conservatory.
He believes that classical music and ethnic music are the real sources of these days music. His path implies free connections between him and the other musicians and between him and the different instruments he plays. It implied a lot of collaborations visible on his instrumental style too. So the timpani, the drum and avant-garde instruments echo on his phrasing and on his keyboards. His project are Saverio Tasca Trio, a duo with Roberto Gemo and the Vibeguitar Quartet. He played in CREI Ensemble.
Luca Colussi is an eclectic drummer who works in different situations; he is an improviser, a composer and a teacher too. In fifteen years he worked for the theatre, for movies and in poetry readings, but he dedicated most of his time to jazz music. He studied and played with Kenny Wheeler, Fred Hersch, John Taylor, with whom he recorded a cd. He has played with David Liebman, Andy Gravish, Mike Applebaum, Francesco Bearzatti, F. Bosso, F. Boltro and many others in Italy and all over Europe. He has a great flexibility on rhythm, an amazing groove and an outstanding creativity; these are the most important characteristics of his style. Among his latest projects there are Rosa Brunello y los Fermentos (they have just been produced by CAM-Jazz), Glauco Venier Quartet and Dario Carnovale Trio (they have just been produced by Albóre for the Japanese market).
Nicola Fazzini (alto sax), Alessandro Fedrigo (bass guitar), Saverio Tasca (vibes), Luca Colussi (drums)
A multimedia project in collaboration with the video artist Claudio Sichel.
Nicola Fazzini (alto sax), Alessandro Fedrigo (bass guitar), Saverio Tasca (vibes), Luca Colussi (drums), Claudio Sichel (visuals)
A project realized with four percussionists of the Arrigo Pedrollo Conservatory of Vicenza.
Nicola Fazzini (alto sax), Alessandro Fedrigo (bass guitar), Saverio Tasca (vibes), Luca Colussi (drums), Christian Del Bianco (percussions), Paolo Zanin (percussions), Rossano Muzzupapa (percussions), Luca Gallio (percussions).
XYquartet & John De Leo
A musical journey of 9 stages in Dante’s Inferno
John De Leo – voice, Alessandro Fedrigo – music compositions and arrangements, electric bass, Nicola Fazzini – music compositions and arrangements, alto sax /XYQuartet, Luca Colussi – drums/XYQuartet, Saverio Tasca – vibraphone / XYQuartet, Vincenzo De Vivo – dramaturgy and lyrics, Francesco Lopergolo – multivisions, Franco Naddei – live electronics
On the occasion of the VII centenary celebrations in 2021 for Dante Alighieri’s death, StraborDante is born: a musical journey between jazz, rock and noise, in which the imaginary of Dante’s Inferno comes to life in a multimedia show. Original songs and rearrangements of thirteenth-fourteenth-century compositions by the XYQuartet , talk through the unique voice of John De Leo and the images created by the artist Francesco Lopergolo. During the nine different stages of the StraborDante’s journey, meetings, dialogues, awesomeness, allegories and the extraordinary inventions that populate the most evocative Canto of the Divine Comedy come definitely to life.
To give life to the rich imaginary of Inferno is the sound of XYQuartet, a prominent ensemble of the Italian and European jazz scene: Nicola Fazzini (alto sax), Alessandro Fedrigo (electric bass), Saverio Tasca (vibraphone) and Luca Colussi (drums). Nicola Fazzini and Alessandro Fedrigo are the music composers : 4 original tracks – Oscura (N. Fazzini). Limbo (A. Fedrigo), Pozzo del Gigante (N. Fazzini), Canto Invisibile (A. Fedrigo) which describe the places between the circles of Inferno. To this we add the work of arrangiament of 4 medieval compositions taken from il Laudario di Cortona, musical code of the XIII century, works of Marchetto da Padova, author of songs and motets like Ave regina coelorum/Mater innocenccie (Marchetto da Padova)- rearranged in a duplicate Version of Ave Corpus Sanctum(Marchetto da Padova), Peccatrice Nominata (Laudario di Cortona AAVV) and Piangiamo del crudel basciar (Laudario di Cortona AAVV) and considered one of the first representatives of Ars Nova in Italy.
The interpretation of the texts and of the original dramaturgy of Vincenzo De Vivo, is performed by John De Leo: an eclectic and versatile artist, one of the most interesting voices among with his extraordinary stage presence in the Italian music scene of the last decade. His voice-instrument , at times warm, acute, scratchy,and deeply felt is perfectly able to interpret the multiple shades of the composition, from singing to acting. A remarkable interpretation that, together with the electronic live by to Franco Naddei , gives words and dialogues back to the famous characters like Virgilio, Paolo and Francesca, Pier Delle Vigne, Ulisse, Count Ugolino encountered during the journey from the dark forest to the heart of the underworld.
StraborDante borders on the visual performance thanks to the images that take shape with multi-visions by the artist Francesco Lopergolo. The musicians are completely absorbed in settings, appearances, visual allegories, achieved by the alteration of the images and the re-elaborated version of the shooting at Grotte del Caglieron , in the region of Montello. (Fregona TV).
The intrinsic bond between music, acoustics, poetry and image examined by the same father of the Italian language with StraborDante is not only an artistic action but more a philological reconstruction aimed to led poetry to its most authentic origin back, to a time when the relationship with music was much closer, in an almost symbiotic way. By “Overflowing” and turning the borders between theatrical pièce, concert, and the historical and linguistic boundaries upside-down, the show leads us right into the Word and Dante’s vision, returning it with all the dynamism and newness of the extraordinary immortal Work, that is still able to convey its greatness.
The project has been promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Cooperation – General Management for the Country System Promotion – within the project “Vivere all’italiana in musica”.
29 novembre 2021 / ore 19.00 XYQuartet Ella & Louis – Mannheim, Germania
23 ottobre 2021 / ore 21.00 XYQuartet Flame Jazz – Turku, Finlandia
22 ottobre 2021 / ore 19.00 XYQuartet Latvian Radio – Riga, Lettonia
13 ottobre 2021 / ore 18.00 XYQuartet Kulturverein Reigen – Vienna, Austria
12 ottobre 2021 / ore 19.30 XYQuartet Kulturforum – Villach, Austria
06 settembre 2021 / ore 21.00 XY2 (Nicola Fazzini e Alessandro Fedrigo duo) Casa del Jazz – Roma
29 luglio 2021 / ore 21.00 XYQuartet More & Jazz Festival – Sutivan, Croazia
25 luglio 2021 / ore 21.00 XYQuartet & Ensemble di Percussioni Pedrollo Cittadella Jazz – Cittadella, Padova
22 giugno 2021 / ore 21.00 XYQuartet Lana meets Jazz – Lana, Bolzano
14 maggio 2021 / ore 21:00 XYQuartet Like a Jazz Machine festival – Dudelange, Lussemburgo
10 Novembre 2020 / ore 21:00 XYQuartet Kulturverein Reigen – Wien, Austria
8 Novembre 2020 / ore 21:00 XYQuartet El Jazz – Bydgoszcz, Polonia
6 Novembre 2020 / ore 21:00 XYQuartet Jazzovia – Gliwice, Polonia
2 Novembre 2020 ore 19:00 Ella & Luois Jazz Club – Mannheim, Germania
31 Ottobre 2020 ore 19:00 Rigas Ritmi – Riga, Lettonia
30 Ottobre 2020 ore 19:00 Flame Jazz Festival – Turku, Finlandia
29 Ottobre 2020 / ore 20:00 XYQuartet Philly Joe’s Club – Tallin, Estonia
17 Ottobre 2020 / ore 17.00 XYQuartet Eklektik Session 2020 – Wroclav (Poland)
16 Ottobre 2020 / ore 21.00 XYQuartet Cantina Fasol Menin – Valdobbiadene (Treviso)
4 Ottobre 2020 / ore 21.00 XYQuartet Torino Jazz Festival – Torino
6 Settembre 2020 / ore 17:00 XYQuartet / Il Jazz Italiano per le Terre del Sisma – Aquila
31 Luglio 2020 / ore 21.00 X&Y (Alessandro Fedrigo e Nicola Fazzini duo) Una Striscia di Terra Feconda – Palazzo Farnese Caprarola
23 Luglio 2020 / ore 21.00 XYQuartet Museo di Santa Caterina – Treviso
24 Novembre 2019 ore 18:00 Centro Visite Radiotelescopi – Bologna
31 Ottobre 2019 ore 22:00 Multimedia Performance Teatro Miela Bonawentura – Trieste
28 Ottobre 2019 ore 20:00 Tenho Bar – Helsinki, Finland
28 Ottobre 2019 ore 13:00 workshop Metropolia University – Helsinki, Finland
27 Ottobre 2019 ore 21:00 Ihana Baari – Helsinki, Finland
26 Ottobre 2019 ore 21:00 Turi Jazz Club – Pärnu, Estonia
25 Ottobre 2019 ore 21:00 Philly Joe’s Jazz Club – Tallin, Estonia
24 Ottobre 2019 ore 21:00 Komeda Jazz Festival – Slupsk, Polonia
14 Settembre 2019 ore 22:00 Europe Jazz Conference – Novara
7 Settembre 2019 ore 21:00 Vendemmia Jazz – Ovada (AL)
10 Agosto 2019 ore 10:00 Bezau Beatz – Austria
1 Agosto 2019 ore 21:00 Festival Jazz Al Castello Porto San Giorgio – Marche
17 Febbraio 2019 ore 17.30 Festival Contrasti – Rovereto – Trento
09 Febbraio 2019 ore 21.30 Valdarno Jazz Festival – Loro Ciufenna – Arezzo
08 Febbraio 2019 ore 21 Cotton Jazz Club – Ascoli Piceno
07 Febbraio 2019 ore 21 Enoteca Bistrot Colonna – Bertinoro
06 Febbraio 2019 ore 21 Cantina Bentivoglio – Bologna
10 Gennaio 2019 ore 21 Orbite Multimedia Performance – Dekadenz – Brixen
27 Dicembre 2018 ore 21 Stranger than Paranoia Festival – Tilburg – Holland
27 Ottobre 2018 ore 13:30 Jazz & Wine – Cormons – Gorizia
25 Ottobre 2018 ore 21 Nel Gioco del Jazz -Teatro Forma – Bari
22 Settembre 2018 ore 21 Mutamenti Jazz Festival – Licciana Nardi
07 Settembre 2018 ore 21 Festival JAZZaltro Volandia, Museo del Volo – Somma Lombardo – Varese
28 Agosto 2018 ore 22:30 Radio Broadcasting: Radio3 Suite
Una Striscia di Terra Feconda – Concerto del settembre 2017 a Tivoli
26 Maggio 2018 ore 21:00 Ecosteria – Treviso
11 Maggio 2018 ore 19.00 PalmJazz Festival Gliwice – Polonia
07 Maggio 2018 ore 21:00 Radio Café ORF Vienna – Austria
09 Maggio 2018 ore 21:00 Opus Jazz Club Budapest – Ungheria