Peppe Servillo: voice
Matteo Saggese: piano
Domenico Andria: double bass
Enzo Zirilli: drums
Carlo Fimiani: guitar
Italian Portraits was born from the desire of Matteo Saggese, Enzo Zirilli (met in London in 2008) and Peppe Servillo, to make the right tribute to the Italian songwriter, making it rise to the level of the American songbook. A project that spans the last 50 years of Italian music, embellished by the voice and stage presence of an extraordinary performer such as Peppe Servillo, always incredibly evocative, communicative, engaging. Accompanied by a band formed by some of the best musicians on the London and international scene linked by a deep friendship, Servillo and the Italian Portraits Orchestra will touch the music of Nino Rota, Paolo Conte, Domenico Modugno, Adriano Celentano, Pino Daniele, Ennio Morricone, Avion Travel, Lucio Battisti, Lucio Dalla and the texts of Pasolini, performing each song in an original way, Moving with ease from jazz to Latin jazz, from classical to world music. A concert of great intensity and passion, impossible to miss.
Peppe Servillo, born in Caserta, founder, singer and author of the lyrics of the Avion Travel group (guests at the FolkClub in 2002, 2004 and 2005), with whom he publishes numerous albums and among other numerous awards, wins the Sanremo Festival in 2000. He is an actor in the film "La felicità non costa niente" by M. Calopresti and in the film "Tipota" written and directed by Fabrizio Bentivoglio, with whom he also collaborates as a co-author of texts.
Matteo Saggese, born in Salerno, is a fantastic pianist and composer and has written, arranged and produced for, among others: Phil Manzanera, Celine Don, Il Divo, Zucchero (of whose band he was a member from 2004 to 2006), Nina Hagen, Celentano, Alfie Boe and Pino Daniele, for whom he produced and played in the album "Sotto 'o sole".
Domenico Andria. Bassist, double bass player and author from Salerno, with over thirty years of activity as a session man and as a session musician alongside Levia Gravia, Ana Flora, Angelo Carpentieri, InDuè, Silvia Aprile, Leonardo de Lorenzo, Nicola Ferro, Barbara Cola, Leda Battisti, Mario Reyes and the Gipsy Family, Nello Salza, Larry Mitchell tour, Tyra Juliette, Greg Kofi Brown, Matteo Saggese, Antonio Onorato, Enzo de Caro, Karl Potter, Salerno Jazz Orchestra, Electric Ethno jazz Trio. He made his solo debut in 2021 with a record entitled "Directions".
Enzo Zirilli is considered one of the most creative and versatile drummers/percussionists of the last generations. Endowed with a great musicality, which has led him to absorb and personalize every form of contemporary music, he has been active for over a quarter of a century, which has seen him perform and record 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 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) as well as other musicians of the last generations such as John Parricelli, Gilad Atzmon, Alex Garnett, Brandon Allen, Ross Stanley and Quentin Collins.
Carlo Fimiani. Dire Straits, Pink floyd and Van Halen are his idols of youth. But when the notes of a certain Mike Stern reach his ears, the need to deepen becomes irresistible. The diploma with note of merit at the C.P.M. in Milan with Danilo Minotti is followed by a long stay in Los Angeles, where Carlo graduates with Honor at the G.I.T. presigioso, studying with Scott Handerson, J. Diorio, B. Garsed, T.J. Helmerich, D.Gilbert and participating in the seminars of Frank Gambale, Steve Vai, Mike Stern, Carl Verheyen, Blues Saraceno, Vinnie Moore and many other greats of the six strings: it is this extraordinary American experience that shapes his style, musical taste and didactic preparation. In '95 he won second place at the European competition for rock-fusion guitarists "Prix de l'Europe", held in Lausanne (Switzerland). With 3 CDs in his name and many prestigious participations with artists such as Gino Paoli, Mango, Ornella Vanoni, Tullio De Piscopo and Marco Zurzolo, Carlo demonstrates his versatility. He has played, among others, with Diane Schuur, Tiziano Ferro, Dario and Alfonso Deidda, Gavin Harrison, Andy Sheppard, Don Moye, Richard Galliano, Carl Anderson (the Judas of Jesus Christ Super Star) and Malika Ayane, performing at the Montreal Jazz Fest, Umbria Jazz, Pomigliano Jazz, Ischia Week End Jazz Festival, at the Blue Note in NY and Milan, Villa Celimontana jazz in Rome, International Music Meetings in Salerno, Villa Manzoni Jazz in Milan.