Marco Santilli's CheRoba

Marco Santilli cl, bcl, comp
Lorenzo Frizzera g
Ivan Tibolla p, acc
Fulvio Maras perc

I wanted a jazz quartet but without the typical rhythm section. Removing such a fundamental instrument like the bass was done to provoke new dynamics and hierarchies for the interplay between the musicians. Its part then is interpreted in turns by the guitar, piano or bass clarinet, putting the predictable balances up for grabs.

Minor tones prevail for numbers often autumnal in character, such as “The eye of the birch” that gives the album its title, perhaps because, as Karl Leister (clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) said: “the clarinet is an autumnal instrument”. An opinion I share inasmuch as it can best express the atmosphere related to what this season makes me feel, especially in a certain dark sonorousness; melancholic but never sad.

In addition to Lorenzo Frizzera’s twelve string guitar, which lends an unusual fullness to the sound of the Quartet, more amazing colours and food for thought are provided by Ivan Tibolla’s evocative and ominous Glockenspiel in the variations on the name Hesse; also by his solemn accordion in Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none, a Shakespearean quote with which I identify a lot; and the sound of Fulvio Maras playing the hang in Agasul, an exotic percussion instrument for an exotic place, yet both are strictly … Swiss!

The album “L’occhio della betulla” was recorded at the Radio Studio RSI Lugano in November 2015 and it has been released by UNIT Records in January 2017. Follow this link to listen to some snippets.




Expo Milano 2015, Festival der Stille, Jazzmusik in Sarnen, Museo Vela Ligornetto, Kulturkeller La Marotte, Schweizerisches Landesmuseum Zürich, Ciclo “Limite” – Commissione culturale del Liceo di Bellinzona.

Expo Milano 2015, Festival der Stille, Jazzmusik in Sarnen, Museo Vela Ligornetto, Kellertheater La Marotte, Schweizerisches Landesmuseum Zürich, Commissione culturale Liceo di Bellinzona, Leventina Open music festival, Ceresio Estate, Sala Boccadoro Montagnola, Aurofonie-Lugano