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17 – Vortex

17 Vortex


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

The cd “Vortex” has been released on March 18th 2020 for Nusica.org, and documents the artistic activity of  ITACA 4set,  the new formation born from the transatlantic collaboration between four estimated artists of the international scene of avant-jazz and improvised music.

Two CAnadian musicians, Francois Houle and Nick Fraser and two ITAlian Nicola Fazzini and Alessandro Fedrigo. (here where the name of the band is from).

The Vortex album was recorded in Vancuver in July 2019 and the end of a Canadian tour which saw the four protagonists playing at the different festivals in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. Each member of the band signed two of the eight compositions present in the cd testimony of a democratic modus operandi, which reflects the balance of the ensemble even from the musical point of view, there where the collective and choral sound prevails over the the soloist one.

The music of  Itaca 4et’s is dynamic, highly rhythmic and rich of improvisational chances.

This project is the result of a collaboration that dates back to 2016 (thanks to a residency at Novara Jazz and Sile Jazz) continues with two Canadian tours (in 2017 and in 2019  when they performed  at Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival and Vancouver Jazz Festival) and materializes  in a first Italian and European tour in 2020.

A close-knit, harmonious, unpredictable and original band, a project to discover that has been achieved also thanks to a partnership with the Institute of Culture of Toronto and the Council of Arts of Canada.