Short bio. Pianist, composer, improviser. 1st Prize at UMBRIA JAZZ Festival 2013 and at Padova Carrarese 2012 with his PERICOPES duo, Alessandro Sgobbio he has been mentioned in the young-new-jazz-talents list by the Italian jazz magazine Musica Jazz. 2nd Prize at “Luca Flores” Piano Competition, he has been selected for the famous “Concours Martial Solal Piano Solo Competition” in Paris. In 2013 he created his new Paris-based trio, CHARM. He graduated from Conservatory of Music in Parma (Italy), studying with Roberto Bonati, Alberto Tacchini, Carlo Morena, Giorgio Tosi. During that period he obtained a Master in Literature and Philosophy. Since 2005 he is an official demonstrator of Clavinova YAMAHA. In 2010 he released his first piano solo recording and in 2012 his new PERICOPES album, The Double Side....
Awards2013 > 1st prize @ UMBRIA JAZZ Festival (Perugia, Italy) \ 2012 > 1st prize @ PADOVA CARRARESE (Padova, Italy) \ 2013 > MusicaJazz Topjazz 2013: Best Italian Jazz Group Toplist w/ PERICOPES \ 2012 > MusicaJazz Topjazz 2012: Best New Italian Jazz Talents Toplist \ 2010 > selected @ MARTIAL SOLAL Piano Solo Competition (Paris, France) \ 2010 > 2nd prize @ LUCA FLORES Piano Solo Competition (Florence, Italy)
Dave Sumner (All About Jazz / eMusic Jazz Picks) CHARM album review ( Nov 27, 2013 )
“Parfaite cohésion du trio. Élegance et bon goût des compositions.” Julien Delli Fiori (Radio France, JAZZAFIP) - “CHARM” album ( Feb 09, 2014 )
“ They began the search for their own narrative style something so distinct that one can identify it as Pericopes upon first hearing. ( Polis Magazine - 09/22/2012 ) “ A job well-done, a respectful interpretation of the classic duo piano- saxophone ensemble, but also personal and diverse, which arouses the listener's attention and interest. ( All About Jazz – 08/28/2013 ) “ The duo interacts with absolute confidence, catching the listener's attention immediately, thanks to the balance between writing, improvisation and commendable compositional vein. They carry an original blend of jazz, minimalism, and traditional folk music. Thrilling. ” ( Musica Jazz – April 2013 ) “ No doubt: The Italian duo PERICOPES deserves to be listened to. ” ( JazzFlits - November 2013 )
“ Pericopes highlights prestigious and formative influences from bothAmerica and Europe (especially Italy), and reveal an valuable and original compositional style. ”( Committee of Umbria Jazz Festival Contest - 2013 ) “ A Music that takes advantage of various reference points free of musical genre associations. ( Jazz Convention - 09/02/2013 ) Pericopes belong to that group of young musicians who have worked with forbearance. ” ( JazzItalia - 2012 )
“Eccellente pianista, giovane ma già in possesso di un suo stile e di notevole personalità. [...] Il trio [...] rappresenta al momento il contesto più adatto al suo percorso musicale. E questo interessantissimo Charm lo dimostra in maniera compiuta attraverso il dipanarsi di una trama musicale affascinante fin dall'apertura della prima traccia Crimeeide, che segnala una formazione pianistica non comune [...] la musica di Charm sfugge a qualunque etichetta e questa sembra la sua forza: [...] Una prova davvero notevole, un trio di musicisti di qualità non comune.”
Sergio Spada ( Jazz Convention - 08/03/2014 )
The duo piano-soprano saxophone shows the highlight of improvised music: it reminds me of the rehearsals of Mal Waldron with Steve Lacy (without wanting to force a comparison). Sgobbio and Vernizzi do not compromise with blatant references, and they look for an original direction. What these two composers and musicians are offering is true music, not an imitation. Heart, and intelligence too.
Franco Bergoglio (jazz journalist and writer)
As a jazz record producer, live always been looking for maturity, innovation and creative freshness. When I first heard the Pericopes project I immediately found all these elements in the music, which is not as obvious as it may sound, especially when dealing with young lions. They fresh and powerful music brought my mind back to the Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach duo excursions, but only as a reference. In fact their music totally reflects the times we live in, along with the influences of the masters, and it projects to the future; past, present and future. The music is all original and is strongly characterised by harmonic implications coming from contemporary classical music of the 20th century but also contains traces of world music, free jazz, fusion and mediterranean lyricism, all integrated into improvised jazz context.
Emiliano and Alessandro can be easily considered the musical excellence of our hometown Parma but, more likely, well represent the new wave of young european jazz musicians well rooted in the past but fully projected into the future.
Raimondo Meli Lupi (RAM Records)
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