The cosmopolitan Italian pianist/composer/arranger Nicola Sergio is a laureate of Economics. What makes him not the same as every other ex-student, is that at the time he got his Economics diploma, he also graduated Magna Cum Lauda for classical piano at the Conservatory of Perugia in Italy in 2003! Even more impressive is the fact that he also graduated Magna Cum Lauda for jazz piano and after that got a degree in musical teaching. This shows how enormously gifted Sergio is.
Sergio also completed the ‘Prix Jazz’ at the CNR in Paris, the city in which he has resided since 2008. From an early age, the Italian musician’s talents were evident, helping him to earn various mentions of honour at numerous competitions and classical music festivals for young performers. Between 2004 and 2007 he played in a variety of groups in the jazz scene, from trio to quartet, quintet, sextet and Cuban music ensembles. These were all groups with which he performed on numerous festivals in Italy, France and Sweden. As well as his activities in the jazz circuit, he became involved in projects of related genres in music, such as classical chamber music, film, theatre scores and he conducted big bands.
Currently, he is leader of a Paris-based trio bearing his own name, which includes two special guests on saxophone, New Yorker Michael Rosen and Argentine Javier Girotto, and cellist Melanie Badal. With this project he recorded the CD entitled ‘SYMBOLS’, for independent label Challenge Records International. His compositions have already generated interest at many radio stations in France as well as in Italy.
In addition, Nicola Sergio recently recorded a documentary and a CD with a quartet, as pianist/arranger/composer. This was for the project entitled ‘Cilea Mon Amour’, a re-visitation in the style of jazz of the principal operas by composer Francesco Cilea. This was released on the new label Nau Jazz.
The particular characteristic of the Nicola Sergio Trio on the cd ‘Symbols’ can be found in its conceptual framework: the fundamental idea is that of developing a way of interpreting jazz which is not limited to the passive acceptance of any preliminary design. Rather, the modus operandi of the project is to explore modernism and multiculturalism. The first part of this explorative process consists of the use of non-traditional structures and harmonic progressions. The multicultural element arises from the fact that the creative influences from which the themes find their roots, are not limited to any one region, culture, style or epoch.
With Nicola Sergio, as a composer as well as a pianist, jazz is a vibrant musical genre and has no specific boundaries. With the talent, the deep musicality and the ‘alive-ness’ of his music, Nicola Sergio will become an important name to remember.
Line up of the Nicola Sergio Trio
Nicola Sergio: Piano
Matteo Bortone: Double Bass
Guilhem Flouzat: Drums
Melanie Badal: Cello
Michael Rosen: Tenor Sax
Javier Girotto: Soprano & Barytone Sax