At the Fiumicino Sax Museum: ADOLPHE SAX DAYS - November 5 and 6, 2022
Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 2022 - ADOLPHE SAX DAYS - Saxophone Museum, via dei Molini snc (corner of via Reggiani) - 00054 - Maccarese, Fiumicino (RM)
In tribute to the great inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax, the museum with the world's largest collection of this historic and beloved wind instrument is organizing a double event to open the fall concert season. On Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, the Adolphe Sax Days are scheduled, an event of dissemination and education on museum heritage, made possible thanks to the contribution of the Lazio Region (L.R. n. 24/2019 - Annual Plan 2022), which will see the two souls of the saxophone confront each other, thanks to the talent of two significant performers: the classical and the jazz souls.
The concerts and side events, with free admission subject to availability, will take place inside the Saxophone Museum.
There are many novelties to celebrate with this new concert season: first and foremost, the new soundproofing of the museum's hall, which, made possible through the winning of the Lazio Region's Call for Proposals for the Valorization of Places of Culture 2021, will allow optimal acoustic enjoyment of the concerts. Other news, no less important, is the Museum's recent acquisition of saxophones that belonged to Ross Gorman, soloist of Paul Whiteman's orchestra and creator of the glissé introduction to George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and Ralph James, soloist of Sam Wooding's orchestra the first jazz orchestra to perform in Europe in 1925. The instruments, displayed and played for the first time in Italy, will be enhanced with the "Adopt a Sax" crowdfunding campaign, through which anyone can contribute to their full restoration with a liberal donation.
A campaign strongly supported by the Museum's director Attilio Berni, aimed not only at the economic support of the restoration operation but which, as he himself says, "aims to educate to aesthetic sense, taste for beauty, respect for the artistic and cultural heritage and love for one's territory. An important initiative that starts to safeguard not only the instrumental heritage kept by the museum but, above all, the emotions that only musical instruments can arouse in the spectator. Through the funds that companies and citizens will want to donate for the initiative, the saxophones will be fully restored using the most advanced restoration techniques, The "Adopt a Sax" project will in fact allow instrumental masterpieces to be reborn and keep their expressive power intact over time. It will thus be possible to relive the emotional and spectacular experience aroused and blown into the instruments by the great masters of jazz and classical music, having the certainty that these instruments will continue to be essential parts of the cultural heritage of Italy and the world..."
Saxophone teacher at the Conservatorio "S. Cecilia" in Rome. For almost forty years he has been giving concerts all over the world both as a soloist and with the Accademia Saxophone Quartet. He has performed at NYCEMF-New York City Electronic Music Festival, Venice Biennale, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Temporeale in Florence, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Casa Scelsi, in Milan, Paris, London, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Riga, Birmingham, Köln, Lyon, Principality of Monaco, Yeosu (Korea), Kawasaki, Adis Ababa, Chisnau, Taormina, Ravello. He is a leading figure in the field of Contemporary Music, of which he is an esteemed interpreter; he has taught the Master's Degree in Interpretation of Contemporary Music at the Conservatory of Rome, and many of the most important composers, including Ennio Morricone, have written about one hundred and fifty works for him and entrusted him with numerous first performances. He has recorded for Nuova Era, Dynamic, Rai Trade, Sconfinarte and Cesmel. He has published studies for "Reverberi Sonori" and "Sconfinarte."
Saxophonist, clarinetist, lecturer and collector is the director of the Fiumicino Saxophone Museum. Since 1993, he has carried out intensive historical and organological research on saxophone and wind instruments. He is a member of the Association des Collectionneurs d'Instruments à Vent in Paris and is a testimonial for the EPPELSHEIM (Germany) and J'ELLE STAINER (Brazil) factories.
There are numerous film collaborations including The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean by G. Tornatore, The Talented Mr. Ripley by A. Minghella, The Blue River by P. Scharnk, The Gangs of New York by M. Scorsese and numerous television specials made for the Rai, and Fininvest networks.
He has organized exhibitions and lectures at numerous Italian music conservatories, at the Classical and Jazz Music Salon in Ferrara, at Perugia Classico, at the Scuderie Aldobrandini in Frascati, at Palazzo Valentini in Rome, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lecce, at the 15th World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, at Jazzit in Collescipoli, at the Royal Castle in Moncalieri, at MIM in Brussels, at Musica Antiquaria in Cesena, at Forma e Poesia Jazz Festival in Cagliari, at the 18th World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, and at the Italian & Jazz Festival in Basel.
He has also performed in some of the most prestigious theaters in Italy and Europe: MIM Theatre in Brussels (Belgium), Potsdam (Germany), Valladolid (Spain), Opéra in Bordeaux, Abbey of St. Michel en Thierache (France), Casa del Jazz, Auditorium della Conciliazione, Auditorium Parco della Musica (Italy), Jazz Campus in Basel (Switzerland), Lisinski Theater in Zagreb (Croatia).