Giancarlo Mazzù and Luciano Troja play together on the italian jazz scene since 2002. Their music is mainly based on the search for new forms and expressions related to tradition, with a solid jazz background, mixed with folk music, classical forms and free improvisation.
They are composers and players in Mahanada Quartet, a well-known unusual ensemble that represented Italy in 2003 at the XI Athens Biennial and in several jazz and contemporary festivals in Europe and USA(among the others XI Klaipeda International Jazz Festival, Casa del Jazz Rome, New York University) ). and recorded three CDs, for SplascH Records label:[uno], Taranta’s Circles, and Mannahatta, internationally acclaimed by the critic. Taranta’s Circles has been included in .“Critic’s Choice Top Ten 2006” Cadence Magazine.Usa, and in Best Albums Of 2006 of All About Jazz Italy. .
Seven Tales About Standards Vol.2 (SplascH 2009)
BEST ALBUMS OF 2009
ALL ABOUT JAZZ, Italy Aug.2009
A work of rare elegance and intelligence, and dialogic fineness. A continuous pleasure for ears and mind
Four Stars ****
-Neri Pollastri, ALL ABOUT JAZZ Italy Aug.2009
The duets between guitarist Mazzu and pianist Troja made me sit up straight in my chair. Inventive, probing, and winding lines are traded back and forth with lightness and wit
In 2005 they together taught at the University Of Messina, at UniversiSonori,
Laboratory For Improvised Music.
Giancarlo Mazzù teaches also Jazz Guitar and Jazz Harmony in Trapani at
Conservatory of Music “A. Scontrino”.
Spontaneous Composition and Great American Songbook