In these 12 and a half years of RadioLondra, Enzo Zirilli has brought on FolkClub stage dozens of extraordinary artists in many projects consolidated in the British capital (where he lived from 2004 until 2019) and witnessed by dozens of live and recordings or built for the occasion with the involvement of Italian musicians.
In November 2014, for the first time, Enzo presented within RadioLondra a project markedly and totally by him, starting with the name: ZiroBop. The quartet has come a long way since then, only stopped by the pandemic. His fame in the United Kingdom has grown thanks to many concerts in the most important clubs in the country, first of all the legendary Ronnie Scott, where the quartet has earned the honor of sharing the stage with the bands of the legendary Steve Gadd and Roy Haynes, as well as having recorded and released two albums that were immediately enthusiastically received by critics and audiences. It therefore seemed only right to welcome Enzo's proposal to bring ZiroBop back to FolkClub after these two surreal years, at the end of the twelfth edition of RadioLondra, and to do so on the occasion of Enzo's birthday: April 8. Given his particular involvement in the project, it seems to us that there is no better choice than leaving the presentation of the evening to Enzo's words.
"Among my many nicknames, Ziro is the one I am most fond of, coined by my 'human and artistic brother' Dado Moroni. I like the idea of the game between the first three letters of my surname and the 'zero' and it reflects my artistic soul well, always between 'Blues & Roots' (of Mingusian memory) and research, not convention, rigor, risk and provocation, having trained myself listening to John Coltrane and the Beatles at home, Miles, Mingus and the Genesis, Pink Floyd and Yes, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Simon & Garfunkel and Joao Gilberto, Jobim, Frank Zappa and James Taylor, without asking me what music they played, just enjoying it. Here, as soon as I heard these extraordinary guys (Rob, Misha and Alessandro) play I realized that we could play together the music I really want to do: spiritual but also groovy, which has its roots in the blues and swings as much as possible but at the at the same time it remains completely open to whatever may happen in a certain 'moment', romantic, but also 'subversive', 'straight' but 'broken', without causing problems of identity crisis for the musicians, too often concerned more by the labels than by the sincerity and intensity with which they offer themselves to the public. ZiroBop is all this and I hope that for you too it will be a nice journey to the center of Music, as it always is for us! " (Enzo Zirilli)
Nothing to add to such a heartfelt and passionate self-presentation, if not a few biographical notes on the components of the quartet which even includes a double son of art like Misha Mullov Abbado.
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, he has been active for more than twenty years, having played and recorded around the world with great African-American, Italian and European musicians belonging to the areas of 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 in a short time he established himself as one of the most requested musicians in the United Kingdom and began collaborating 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 currently professor of Jazz Drums at the 'G. Verdi 'in Turin.
Misha Mullov Abbado was not a great musical talent, the entire theoretical framework of genetics would have to be radically revised, given that Misha's father is none other than the great and late Claudio Abbado and her mother is Viktoria Mullova, an extraordinary classical violinist. But it is enough to listen to a few notes of his double bass to know that the genetics are safe. Misha, double bass player, composer and arranger, lives in London, where he is acclaimed in the main jazz clubs in the city. He holds a master's degree from the Royal Academy of Music and previously trained at Cambridge University, where he conducted the University Jazz Orchestra. Despite his young age, he already has numerous European tours under his belt that have taken him to prestigious stages such as that of the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Rob Luft despite his 26 years, has already established himself in the attention of the London jazz scene. A versatile guitarist, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with some British and international jazz stars such as Dave Holland, Django Bates, Jim Mullen, Nigel Hitchcock and Gareth Lockrane. He is a member of NYJO Nonet, and co-leader of the Organism ensemble, he has already released two albums in his name and is racking up awards in the UK and Europe for best young talent.
Alessandro Chiappetta, guitarist and composer, began playing the guitar at the age of nine as a self-taught. He attended the three-year specialization course in Jazz at the Turin Conservatory under the direction of Furio Di Castri and studied with masters of the caliber of Jim Hall, Scott Henderson, Joe Diorio, Mick Goodrick and John Scofield. He has collaborated with Andrea Aiace Ayassot, Luigi Bonafede, Andrea Allione, Ellade Bandini, Furio Di Castri, Mario Rosini, Fabrizio Bosso, Miroslav Vitous, Paolo Porta, Gianluca Petrella, Roberto Gatto, Quentin Collins, Alex Garnett. In 2010 he released a CD with his quartet, and more recently the CD Four now with Rob Sudduth, Alberto Marsico and Alessandro Minetto.
“... I like this music! Enzo and his great band tackle a wide spectrum of sonic materials with such creativity, taste and soul! A beautiful album ..." (Larry Goldings)
“This is a great recording of four outstanding musicians! A unique and varied repertoire beautifully rendered by this special group. Fantastic guitar playing by Rob Loft and Alessandro Chiappetta and an incredible base of different grooves established by Misha Mullov-Abbado on bass and leader Enzo Zirilli on drums. Everyone here plays at the highest level. This is a recording that shows the maturity and adventure of all involved!" (Peter Bernstein on Zirobop's second album, Ten to Late!)