Nicola Sergio Trio

Symbols

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917329223
Catnr: CR 73292
Release date: 30 April 2010
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Challenge Records
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0608917329223
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CR 73292
Release date
30 April 2010
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Pianist/composer/arranger Nicola Sergio is a laureate of Economics, and posesses a diploma in Classical Piano, Jazz Piano and Pedagogy from the Conservatory of Perugia (Italy). He 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 on the jazz scene, from the trio - progressing from standards towards an ever greater interest in composition which culminated in the realization of a repertory comprised completely of original compositions – to quartet, quintet, sextet, cuban music ensembles, groups with which he performed on numerous festivals in Italy, France and Sweden. As well as his activities on the jazz circuit, he became involved in projects of related genres, such as chamber music, film and theatre scores and big band directing.

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. With this project he recorded the CD entitled “SYMBOLS”, for independent label Challenge Records International, with which he signed an artist’s contract. His compositions have already generated interest at many radio stations in France as well as in Italy: Radio France Musique, Radio France Bleu, Radio Campus Paris, Radio King International, Radio Phonica Teleradiostereo.

In addition, Nicola recently recorded a documentary and a CD in quartet as pianist/arranger/composer for the project entitled “CILEA MON AMOUR”, a revisitation in the jazz style of the principal operas by composer Francesco Cilea, for the new label Nau Jazz.

The particular characteristic of the Nicola Sergio Trio 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 one role model. 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 (Children Circle, for instance is dedicated to Debussy while Violino Gitano is influenced by Balcan music). Furthermore, his music can, at times be inspired by historic events (Edessa , for instance, is based on the epic battles between the crusaders and the turks), or by characters from literature (Mr Hyde), by a painting or landscape (Un quadro and Scilla), or, yet again, by a humorous image (Il pugile Frank Zopp , story of a limping boxer who wishes to challenge the great boxing champions), or even by a fantastical/fable-like idea (Il labirinto delle fate).

Nicola Sergio: Piano
Matteo Bortone: Double Bass
Guilhem Flouzat: Drums

Special guests:
Melanie Badal: Cello
Michael Rosen: Tenor Sax
Javier Girotto: Soprano & Barytone Sax
  • Een jonge componist/arrangeur/pianist met zowel een klassieke als een jazz opleiding
  • Jazz is voor Nicola Sergio een levendig muzikaal genre dat hem zeker geen grenzen oplegt
  • Op dit album ligt het accent op de multiculturele aspecten van muziek in combinatie met jazz, klassiek en zijn eigen achtergrond als Italiaan woonachtig in Parijs
  • Fantastisch jazztrio met drie speciale gasten: Michael Rosen, Javier Girotto en Melanie Badal
  • Nicola Sergio boekt nu al succes met deze plaat in Frankrijk en Italië
  • Een superster in spe!
Der italienische Pianist lebt seit einigen Jahren in Paris, wo er schon f�r einige Aufmerksamkeit gesorgt hat. Kein Wunder: er ist nicht nur extrem r�hrig und ein 'workaholic' (zeitgleich mit seinem wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Diplom schloss er ein Klassik Piano Studium UND parallel ein Jazz Piano Studium jeweils mit Auszeichnung ab!). Sondern auch erfindungsreich und kreativ: er entwickelt eigene harmonische Strukturen und bezieht seine Melodien aus unz�hligen Quellen.

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Nicola Sergio Trio

Nicola Sergio is a pianist/compositor/arranger. He holds a degree in Economics, as well as a diploma with honors in Classical music and Jazz music at the Conservatory of Perugia. At Conservatory he also obtained diplomas in Music Pedagogy and Music Education. In addition, he earned the “Prix Jazz” at the CNR Conservatory in Paris, city where he has been living since 2008. Sergio has received various certificates of merit in numerous competitions and festivals of classical music for young performers. He is leader of a Paris based trio bearing his own name, including two special guests, saxophonist Michael Rosen from New York and Argentine saxophonist Javier Girotto. With this project, he recorded the CD “SYMBOLS” for the Dutch label CHALLENGE...
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Nicola Sergio is a pianist/compositor/arranger. He holds a degree in Economics, as well as a diploma with honors in Classical music and Jazz music at the Conservatory of Perugia. At Conservatory he also obtained diplomas in Music Pedagogy and Music Education. In addition, he earned the “Prix Jazz” at the CNR Conservatory in Paris, city where he has been living since 2008. Sergio has received various certificates of merit in numerous competitions and festivals of classical music for young performers. He is leader of a Paris based trio bearing his own name, including two special guests, saxophonist Michael Rosen from New York and Argentine saxophonist Javier Girotto. With this project, he recorded the CD “SYMBOLS” for the Dutch label CHALLENGE RECORDS INTERNATIONAL. With the same label, he signed an exclusive contract for the production of 3 CDs. The first CD of the series is entitled Symbols, and is currently distributed in Europe, Japan and the United States. Two tracks from the album Symbols, Il Labirinto Delle Fate e Seven Six were been selected by Frédéric Charbaut for airplay on all Air France international flights. In the same year, he received numerous awards from international critics. In addition to two awards in Italian monthly magazine JAZZIT, for Best Record International (Critics Award) and Best Italian composer (Audience Award), the disc was reviewed with enthusiastically by European jazz press in : Jazzit, Jazz Music, Jazzthing,Jazzthetic, Ensuitekulturmagazin, Horeindruck, Jazzman Jazzmagazine , Piano, Netherlans Dagblad, Pianowereld, Andy Magazine, University Magazine. The album was also broadcast by many radio such as : BRF Jazztime, TSF Jazz, Jazz à FIP , Radio Aligre, Radio France Musique, Radio France Bleu, Radio Campus Paris, Radio King International, Radio Phonica, Teleradiostereo. In February 2012 Nicola Sergio recorded a new album, “ILLUSIONS”, produced by Challenge Records, with Stéphane Kerecki on bass and Fabrice Moreau on drums. Nicola has also recorded as leader a Reportage and a CD for the project “CILEA MON AMOUR” – jazz reinterpretation of major works of the composer Francesco Cilea – NAU RECORDS label, in quintet with Joe Quitzke, Stéphane Kerecki, Yuriko Kimura, Michael Rosen. In 2015 Challenge Records releases his new CD in piano solo “MIGRANTS”, inspired by the theme of migration and dedicated to all migrants in the world. Currently he also works in various projects jazz music, chamber music, pop music, and in music for film theater, projects, in which he directed the studio orchestra. He also plays in various clubs and jazz festivals in France, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Netherlands.
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Michael Rosen (saxophone)

Javier Girotto (saxophone)

A saxophonist from Argentina who lives in Italy. Girotto was born in Córdoba, Argentina, spent his youth playing in tango orchestras and jazz bands, and then went to Boston, where he studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music. Thereafter, he travelled to Italy, his grandparents’ native country, and, once there, made the decision to move his centre of life permanently to Rome, a place which, in his view, has many parallels to his Argentine homeland. With over 500 pieces and almost 40 albums to his name, he had built up an enormous repertoire as a composer. Girotto played with the likes of 'El Negro' Hernández, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Mercedes Sosa, Luciano Biondini, Enrico Rava and Fabrizio Bosso.
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A saxophonist from Argentina who lives in Italy. Girotto was born in Córdoba, Argentina, spent his youth playing in tango orchestras and jazz bands, and then went to Boston, where he studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music. Thereafter, he travelled to Italy, his grandparents’ native country, and, once there, made the decision to move his centre of life permanently to Rome, a place which, in his view, has many parallels to his Argentine homeland. With over 500 pieces and almost 40 albums to his name, he had built up an enormous repertoire as a composer. Girotto played with the likes of "El Negro" Hernández, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Mercedes Sosa, Luciano Biondini, Enrico Rava and Fabrizio Bosso.

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Nicola Sergio Trio: new album Symbols!
Nicola Sergio - Il labirinto delle fate [Radio France]

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