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).