Nicola Sergio Trio

Illusions

Price: € 12.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917335125
Catnr: CR 73351
Release date: 18 October 2012
Buy
1 CD
✓ in stock
€ 12.95
Buy
 
Label
Challenge Records
UPC
0608917335125
Catalogue number
CR 73351
Release date
18 October 2012

"In Sergio's compositions, you can hear influences of Franz Schubert and Frédérick Chopin as well as Kenny Wheeler and Dave Brubeck. In his pleasant sounding, but never predictable music, Sergio lets these influences return in a well dosed way."

Nederlands Dagblad, 08-2-2013
Album
Artist(s)
Composer(s)
Press
EN
DE

About the album

“Nicola Sergio is a melodist. Not one related to the traditional clichés of an Italy which gave birth to the Bel Canto, or one whose melodic construction prevails due to a lack of language or knowledge. Nicola Sergio is endowed with an exceptional melodic sense ; his inner chant immediately makes his music familiar : his music is true, without ostentation, raised by two fellow musicians ranked among the most talented French jazzmen. Performing also Franz Schubert and Kenny Wheeler – two fabulous melody composers in their own respective style – Nicola Sergio trio signs a manifest of delicacy and whisper, like so many odes to dreams and enchantment.” (From the linernotes- written by Jean Charles Richard)

“Nicola Sergio is a melodist. Not one related to the traditional clichés of an Italy which gave birth to the Bel Canto, or one whose melodic construction prevails due to a lack of language or knowledge. Nicola Sergio is endowed with an exceptional melodic sense ; his inner chant immediately makes his music familiar : his music is true, without ostentation, raised by two fellow musicians ranked among the most talented French jazzmen. Performing also Franz Schubert and Kenny Wheeler – two fabulous melody composers in their own respective style – Nicola Sergio trio signs a manifest of delicacy and whisper, like so many odes to dreams and enchantment.” (From the linernotes- written by Jean Charles Richard)

Artist(s)

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.

Composer(s)

Press

In Sergio's compositions, you can hear influences of Franz Schubert and Frédérick Chopin as well as Kenny Wheeler and Dave Brubeck. In his pleasant sounding, but never predictable music, Sergio lets these influences return in a well dosed way.
Nederlands Dagblad, 08-2-2013

Sergio, who in the past also worked for film, theater and big bands, let all those influences come  back good in his pleasant sounding, but never predictable music.
Nederlands Dagblad, 08-2-2013

Often the compositions verge on song structures, they refer to elements of classical music, and consequently provide the basis for delicate improvisations.
Jazz thing, 01-11-2012

Play album

You might also like..

A Tribute To The Clarke - Boland Big Band (vinyl)
BuJazzO
Cupido - Love Songs
Markus Miesenberger | Erich Traxler | Christian Haimel
Sonatas for Cello
Marina Tarasova | Ivan Sokolov
Sonatas Op. 78 & Op. 110 | French Suite BWV 816 | Fantasies Op. 116
Georg Kjurdian
Passadinha - Jazz Thing Next Generation Vol. 96
Elsa Johanna Mohr | Flávio Nunes
Blues & Bach - The Music of John Lewis
Enrico Pieranunzi Trio | Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana | Michele Corcella
La Leggierezza
Yang Yang Cai
The Art of Variation - Secular Cycles
Fabio Antonio Falcone
The Return
Trio 258
The Deep (vinyl)
Juraj Stanik Trio
Tuuri
Free Swing
The Messenger
Daniel Rowland | Borys Fedorov