“WONDERFUL, DIVERSE MUSIC PLAYED FLAWLESSLY.”
DAVE LIEBMAN (SAXOPHONE LEGEND) “THREE EXCELLENT MUSICIANS.”
ENRICO RAVA (ECM ARTIST)
“ALL THE SONGS EXHIBIT POWER AND INTENTION.”
DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE (USA) “THE TRIO WORKS PERFECTLY.”
MUSICA JAZZ (IT)
Pericopes is a contemporary jazz project initiated in 2007 by pianist Alessandro Sgobbio and saxophonist Emiliano Vernizzi. One would best describe their style as ‘New Jazz’, with roots in the European tradition, Afro-American music, and improvisation, and an affinity for melody and compositional structure. Pericopes has already participated in many important jazz festivals in Europe – the Umbria Jazz Festival (Perugia, Italy), Parma Jazz Frontiere (Parma, Italy), Jazz Pas Grave and Unesco International Jazz Day (Paris, France), BurgJazz (Münster, Germany), presenting their acclaimed double-debut CD The Double Side. In 2014 Pericopes released Frames (ParmaFrontiere Records), a live DVD shot in the suggestive Teatro Sociale Gualtieri (Italy) which positively impressed American jazz journalist Dave Sumner (Bird is the Worm, All About Jazz) : “Sublime duo set. Some gorgeous moments on this recording.”
In Paris, Pericopes began collaborating with New-York-based drummer Nick Wight, marking the inception of a “transatlantic” musical direction and performing across the USA and Europe as « Pericopes +1 ». Their first trio album, These Human Beings (2015) features liner notes written by Dave Liebman and Enrico Rava. A buzz quickly spread throughout the international jazz community: Musica Jazz described them as “a cleverly unorthodox trio” , and All About Jazz calls them “an authentic surprise”.