Si annuncia squisitamente originale la decima edizione de L’Estro armonico, rassegna di primavera dell’associazione 753 ArteBellezza presso la chiesa di San Biagio a Bellinzona. L’associazione con sede a Bellinzona mi ha incaricato di allestire il programma dell’edizione 2024, con le mie composizioni a fare da filo conduttore.

Domenica 25 febbraio alle 17:00 mi esibirò in solitaria con “Clarinetto d’improvviso… e l’aria creò il suono”, un programma di proprie composizioni ed improvvisazioni ai clarinetti, prendendo spunto da stili differenti: dal jazz alla musica popolare, dal barocco al gregoriano, dalla world music al pop; il tutto per una miscela di timbri e gusti personali. Un momento per ascoltare, contemplare, meditare, soffermarsi, rimanere…

Domenica 3 marzo alle 17 Grazia Galletta e Michele Masserano, entrambi al pianoforte, eseguiranno celebri pagine di W.A. Mozart, Johannes Brahms e Antonin Dvorak. Questo concerto avrà luogo a Spazio Aperto, Via Gerretta 9A, Bellinzona. 

Domenica 17 marzo alle 17:00 ospiteremo due musicisti virtuosi di casa nostra: Gábor Barta al violino (Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne) e Mattia Zappa al violoncello (Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich), entrambi di formazione classica e nel contempo abili improvvisatori. In programma pagine di J.S. Bach, Reinhold Glière e Gábor Barta. I musicisti eseguiranno inoltre “Equinozio d’autunno”, Suite commissionatami dieci anni fa proprio da Mattia Zappa, allora direttore artistico dei “Concerti in San Martino”. Per l’occasione, ho arrangiato le parti di clarinetto per il violino.

Domenica 21 aprile alle  17:00 è la volta di “Orgelwind”, con il sottoscritto e Ivan Tibolla all’organo. Il vento del mantice che si mescola al fiato dei clarinetti per una miscela e un impasto unico. Influenzata da stili diversi, questa formazione ha un linguaggio con un tocco jazzistico, che tuttavia rivela la formazione classica dei due interpreti. Dopo “Orgelwind” del 2015, è del 2021 la pubblicazione di “CheRoba in due”, album maturato durante la pandemia, sotto la spinta di una riflessione sul valore della presenza e dell’assenza. Il lavoro è stato tra l’altro presentato a “MusicaViva” su Rete Due. Oltre a brani dei musicisti, ascolteremo pagine di Claudio Monteverdi, G.B. Mantegazzi, A.R. Luciani e George Gershwin. 

Tutti i concerti sono ad ingresso con offerta libera. Sarà un piacere incontrarvi a Bellinzona, un caloroso saluto e a presto!

Download the program here.

🐉 Embark on a musical journey through the mystical realms of Swiss folklore with the composition “Curéija du drèisc” by Sujazzstiva – a piece of music inspired by the legendary story “The Dragon of Lago Retico”. In this captivating piece, notes interweave reflecting the ancient story of a fearsome dragon that dwells high above the Blenio Valley.

You find this composition on my latest album “Sujazzstiva”. The music is available as Limited Edition Compact Disc. Drop me a note if you would like to buy a CD. It comes with a booklet, that contains photos of the musicians taken during the recording days in Winterthur and the short story of each track – so, hurry up!

🎹 Join us on this musical odyssey, where Marco Santilli’s composition breathes new life into the legend “The Hunchbacks of Piumogna” (I gobbi della Piumogna), echoing through the historic walls of San Nicolao Church in Giornico. Whether you are a music enthusiast or a folklore lover, this performance promises to be a soul-stirring experience, blending tradition and innovation in a celebration of Swiss Italian heritage. Music of the album “Sujazzstiva“, co-produced with Swiss Radio SRF2 Kultur.

This musical journey began in the summer of 2023 when they embarked on the creation of the ‘Repetita iuvant’ suite, commissioned by the prestigious Vincenzo Vela Museum.

The suite, consisting of five movements, serves as a heartfelt tribute to the profound connection between music and art, transcending the need for words. Noteworthy pieces such as ‘Loquor ergo sum’ and ‘Horror vacui’ act as poignant counterpoints, weaving a narrative of expressive beauty. The musical notes within this composition are dedicated to the art of synthesis and the essential silence that fuels contemplation. Marco and Peo explore the synergy of written notes and improvisation, presenting a repertoire that showcases the dynamic interplay between their instruments.

Experience the unique magic of the clarinet-guitar duo, a transparent and essential formation boasting a high ‘dynamic range.’ Join us as we present moments of musical brilliance, where every note resonates with emotion and creativity.”

Explore the captivating interview with Marco Santilli (available in Italian language only), where he delves into his strong ties with the Leventina region and the inspiration drawn from Swiss fairy tales. Uncover the musical odyssey that led him from childhood melodies to creating unique compositions, and his commitment to authenticity in the realm of art. Download the pdf version of the article, Anno 48-Nr. 453, January 2024.

Here a brief English summary

Marco Santilli, despite residing abroad for 36 years, maintains a strong connection with the Leventina region, regularly returning to his roots. He reminisces about his upbringing in Giornico, a unique village where each area holds memories close to his heart. Marco reflects on his move to Zurich after attending the School of Commerce in Bellinzona, emphasizing the city’s central location and diverse musical opportunities.

His musical journey began in early childhood, starting with popular songs and later exploring instruments like the recorder and the clarinet. Influenced by jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman, Marco embraced the path of music and improvisation. In his artistic endeavors, Marco aims to offer audiences something captivating and unique, focusing on original compositions and unconventional arrangements.

Recently, Marco delved into Swiss Italian fairy tales, incorporating them into his compositions for the nonet ensemble. He also finds inspiration in the rich narratives of Val Leventina, resulting in the creation of the concept album “Sujazzstiva”.

Addressing the notion of fame, Marco expresses no fear, as his niche projects prioritize artistic satisfaction over commercial success. He emphasizes the importance of staying true to his artistic vision and resisting mainstream influences.

Looking ahead, Marco shares plans for upcoming concerts, albums, and projects, including solo performances, new collaborations and the production of new albums. He concludes by expressing the need for continual self-improvement and learning in the ever-evolving world of music.

The album is digitally available worldwide since January this year – but holding the physical product in my hands is even more exciting!

It goes without saying that the sound quality is fantastic – thanks to the professional work of Moritz Wetter at the Hardstudios Winterthur. Markus Heuer’s photography showing the suggestive gaze of an owl is captivating. Its large round eyes reveal a sense of wisdom and mystery. The owl fixes its gaze on you exuding an aura of profound concentration, as if it’s seeing beyond the surface into the very essence of you. Follow this penetrating gaze it is a unique connection to the nocturnal world the owls inhabit: S U J A Z Z S T I V A

Together with the CD you’ll find the album booklet – it is a companion to make you better connect to the music. Sujazzstiva draws inspiration from captivating legends of the Canton Ticino. Stories like “Curéija du drèisc” (The Dragon of Lago Retico) tell of a fearsome dragon and the miraculous intervention of saints. “Cose svizzere notturne segrete” (The Hunchbacks of Piumogna) narrates the tale of dwarves and the transformation of hunchbacks. Other fascinating legends, like “Ave Maria” (Madonna della Neve) and “Viaggio al sabba” (Three hours to go, three hours there, three hours back), add depth and intrigue to the musical journey. Each piece weaves the essence of these timeless stories into a mesmerizing musical experience.

Curious to read and hear more? Send me a message to order the CD at the price of CHF 25 (posting charges within Switzerland included).