The artistic partnership between saxophonist Brandon Allen and Enzo Zirilli has now reached 13 years and shortly before the arrival of the global health emergency is back in the limelight thanks to Stefano Di Battista, with whom Enzo had already played together in the 90s. a with Flavio Boltro. Stefano, who fell in love with Brandon's sound and energy, met on the occasion of a Festival, wanted Allen and Zirilli with him in Rome in 2019, for two very successful quintet concerts. Following the enthusiastic response of the public, the band - with the arrival of Dario Rosciglione on bass and Andrea Rea on piano - arrives on the FolkClub stage, this time in quartet, for the 'first' of an Italian tour that will surely do Sparks. In addition to his participation in RadioLondra (in the last decade, on a 'trip' to Maison Musique), Brandon Allen is known to the Italian public for his militancy in the band led by Kyle Eastwood.
Brandon Allen. Originally from Perth, Australia, Brandon moved to London in 2000. Since then he has collaborated with many established artists and groups / ensembles. Brandon is also engaged as a session player in a variety of musical contexts, both in the studio and online. He is an established jazz composer and arranger, he writes for other artists and for his various groups and also composes music for film and TV. His signature sound has been included in film soundtracks including Alfie (2004) and The Look of Love (2013). Among his countless lives stand out those with Eric Clapton, Paloma Faith, Kyle Eastwood, Mica Paris, Adam Nussbaum, Charlie Wood, Jason Rebello, Hamish Stuart, Darius Brubeck and Jim Mullen and among his 'openings' those for Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Steve Gadd, BB King, George Benson, The Yellow Jackets, Mark Guiliana, Dave Douglas, Georgie Fame and Kurt Elling.
Dario Rosciglione. Raised in a musical environment (also his father, Giorgio Rosciglione, is a well-known double bass player), he has a consolidated experience of various genres that are reflected in the collaborations he had with artists of the most diverse. Among them: Renato Carosone, Nicola Arigliano, Gabriella Ferri, Gianni Ferrio, Giorgio Panariello, Renato Zero, Adriano Celentano, Lucio Dalla, Luis Bacalov, Franco Micalizzi. In the strictly jazz field he has played with the most important exponents of the Italian music scene including: Enrico Pieranunzi, Roberto Gatto, Tullio de Piscopo, Paolo Fresu, Fabrizio Bosso, Pietro Lussu, Danilo Rea, Stefano di Battista, Rita Marcotulli, Flavio Boltro and Antonio Faraò. He has performed in various festivals and played with international artists. With the quartet of Rosario Giuliani he took part in some important events including Umbria Jazz, Jazz in Marciac, JVC London Festival, Nancy Jazz, Pulsations, North Sea Jazz Festival, Vienne Jazz Festival, and always with Giuliani he performed in Zagreb, Tehran, Ankara, Porto and Brussels. In 2003 he founded the Jazzbit band, which with the cover Sing sing sing has enjoyed considerable success internationally. The group participated in Umbria Jazz, becoming the official band in the radio broadcast on RTL 102.5 Every cursed Sunday and in the theatrical show Panariello doesn't exist. He participated in the Sanremo Festival in 2005, 2006, 2009, with Nicky Nicolai and Stefano Di Battista, winning in the Groups section in 2005. With the same line-up he was a guest of Paolo Bonolis' television program Il Sense della Vita. With Stefano Di Battista he composed the music for the musical comedy Give me three caravels and co-produced the albums by Nicky Nicolai: Everything goes by, What a mystery is love, The swing and More sun. In 2008 together with the All Star Jazz Band of Stefano di Battista and Fabrizio Bosso he opened the concert on May 1st. He composed the music for the show Condominio Ovest by Paola Musa and Tiziana Sensi. Since 2010 he has been part of the world tour band: Mondo cane, of the American singer Mike Patton. In 2011 he collaborated with Daniele Luppi and Danger Mouse on the realization of the Rome album, with special guests Norah Jones and Jack White. He played on Letizia Gambi's album featuring Lenny White, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Wallace Roney, Gil Goldstein, Gato Barbieri, Antonio Faraò, Max Jonata and other international artists. He is co-founder of the Alice Records label, with Raffaele Ranucci and Giorgio Cipressi. Among the various productions, the albums: La musica di Noi (Stefano Di Battista, Dario Rosciglione, Danilo Rea, Roberto Gatto), the compilation of the May Day Concert - 2009 edition, Woman's land (Stefano Di Battista) and the soundtrack of the film Basilicata Coast to Coast (Rita Marcotulli).
Andrea Rea. Pianist from Pomigliano d 'Arco born in 1983, he began studying the piano at the age of 9. He attended seminars by Geroge Cables, Kenny Barron, Barry Harris, Dado Moroni, Maurizio Giammarco. He has worked as a pianist in several theatrical performances and collaborated with the Sorrentino Quartet Jazz, with which in 2003 he won the Emerging section of the Baronissi Jazz Festival. He also won the competition for emerging groups of Tuscia in Jazz 2006/2007 with the trio called Mr. Logic and in the same year he won the jazz contest of the Teano Jazz Festival with the Habana Latin Band. In 2007 he won the Chicco Bertinardi competition in Piacenza with the Ostinato 4et. In 2007 he was the winner of the prestigious Massimo Urbani international prize. He has taken part in numerous jazz festivals in Italy and abroad, including: Pomigliano, Ortaccio, Ischia, Divino, Naples, Rome, Oktober Fest, Groove City, Brescia, Piacenza, Seoul, Tirana. He is the pianist of the O.N.J. (Neapolitan jazz orchestra) directed by Maestro Mario Raja who boasts collaborations with Maria Pia De Vito, Mauro Negri, Rais, Meg, Capone and DonMoye. Many of his participations in albums as a sideman and prestigious collaborations including Fabrizio Bosso, Roberto Gatto, Dario Deidda, Joe Lovano, Max Ionata, Jerry Weldon, Gegè Telesforo.
Enzo Zirilli is considered one of the most creative and versatile drummers / percussionists of the last generations. Gifted with a great musicality, which has led him to absorb and personalize all forms of contemporary music, and to perform and record as a side man all over the world with great African-American, Italian and European jazz, world music and pop, including: Dado Moroni, Enrico Pieranunzi, Bob Mintzer, Charlie Mariano, Steve Grossmann, Eddie Gomez, Antonio Forcione, James Moody, Tom Harrell, Ira Coleman, Rossana Casale, Marco Pereira, Ivan Segreto, Peppe Servillo, Flavio Boltro , Ares Tavolazzi, Larry Nocella, Randy Brecker, Gloria Gaynor, Fabrizio Bosso, Rosario Giuliani, Furio Di Castri, Emanuele Cisi and many others. After being born and raised musically in Turin, in 2003 he moved to London, where he soon established himself as one of the most requested musicians and began to collaborate with some of the musical icons of British and international jazz such as Jim Mullen, Stan Sulzmann, John Etheridge, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Omar LyeFook and Hamish Stuart (for 10 years alongside Paul McCartney) and other musicians of the last generations such as John Parricelli, Gilad Atzmon, Alex Garnett, Brandon Allen, Quentin Collins, Ross Stanley. He is also Professor of Jazz Drums at the Turin Conservatory.