LABEL: Gibigiana Records, Italy
Format: CD / GBG01CD
ARTIST: Alice Ricciardi, Pietro Lussu
TITLE: Catch a Falling Star
Alice Ricciardi (voice)
Pietro Lussu (piano, Fender rhodes)
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stefano Amerio at Artesuono Recording Studios, Italy
In their first duo album “CATCH A FALLING STAR”, coming out on September 20 2019 for the newborn Gibigiana Records founded by the artists themselves, besides original music, singer Alice Ricciardi and pianist Pietro Lussu pick through their favorites from various musical sources: the majesty of the American Songbook, Pop Music from the 50s and 60s (Perry Como, The Beach Boys), the Contemporary Music. In a very eclectic musical program the “fil rouge” is embodied by the unique sound and cool approach of the duo. Alice delivers her knowledge of jazz vocal culture, melodic imagination, subtle interpretation of lyrics through the sound that brings her close to the listener. Pietro is a sensitive and challenging partner, combining imagination with elegance, irony, tradition and unexpected turns. The duo embraces the music with love, curiosity, intimacy, and spontaneity. The distinctive and dynamic interplay, as well as the sense of suspension, allusion, are all expressions that the listener completes in a myriad of personal interpretations.
“A master phraser with a fresh point of view, Ricciardi is alternately surrealistic and swinging” TED PANKEN (DownBeat Magazine USA)
“I love voices; Jeanne Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Mahalia Jackson, Chris Connor, Christine Correa, Sara Serpa, Alice Ricciardi” RAN BLAKE pianist / composer / MacArthur Genius Grant
Their music has already been documented on labels like: Blue Note/EMI (Alice Ricciardi “COMES LOVE”), Verve, Dreyfus Records, Universal, Impulse!, Warner Chappell Music, Inner Circle Music, MPS Edel.
Collaborations include some of the most renowned Italian and International musicians such as: Paolo Fresu, Fabrizio Bosso, Stefano Di Battista, Rosario Giuliani, Pietro Tonolo, Flavio Boltro, Bob Mintzer, Joe Locke, Terence Blanchard, Mark Turner, Tim Warfield, Philipe Caterine, Magnus Lindgren, Jeremy Pelt, Nicola Conte, Dario Deidda, Darryl Hall, Gilad Hekselman, Gregory Hutchinson, Neal Miner, Dezron Douglas, Ameen Saleem, Will Terrill, Darrell Green, Adam Pache, Jesper Lundgaard, Morten Lund, Teppo Mäkynen, Till Brönner, Saul Rubin, Spike Wilner, Michael Kanan, José James, Greg Osby, Tommy Crane, Logan Richardson.
Alice and Pietro performed at most of the prestigious Clubs and Festivals around the world: Teatro Morlacchi Umbria Jazz, Blue Note Tokyo, Cotton Club Tokyo, Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Marciac Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz, London Jazz Festival, London Barbican Centre, Sopot Jazz Festival, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Casa del Jazz Roma, Jazz Club Ferrara, Jazz Cafè London, Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory Milano, Blue Note Milano, Piccolo Teatro Milano, The Big Chill Festival UK, Istanbul Jazz Center, Bangen Jazz Festival, Aarhus Jazz Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival, New Morning Paris, Koko Jazz Club Helsinki, Regatta Bar Boston, Dizzy’s Club NY, Highline Ballroom NY, The Kitano NY, Shapeshifter Lab NY, Rockwood Music Hall NY, Cornelia Street Cafe NY, Smalls Jazz Club NY, Mezzrow Jazz Club NY. In 2015 Alice obtains the Artist Visa U.S.A. for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability in the Arts, that allows her to live and perform in NYC.