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Rita Marcotulli's jazz at the Squero
di Davide Carbone

Sile Jazz arrives in the lagoon bringing to the Squero a leading name on the Italian and international jazz scene: on 11 June Rita Marcotulli meets the public in a concert with strong autobiographical colors with the emblematic title: Self-portrait.

Marcotulli is a thoroughbred jazz pianist and a big name in the Italian jazz world. She was born in Rome and gained confidence with the keyboard quite early in life. She got her musical education at the Santa Cecilia Music School, and worked with Chet Baker and Billy Cobham, Pat Metheny, Michel Portal and Enrico Rava, Norma Winstone, and Joe Lovano – travel partners in projects that left indelible entries in the repertoire of modern jazz.

Marcotulli spoke of ‘sensitivity and competence’ and we should listen closely, or closely scan her extraordinary resumé and appreciate its diversity and quality: her amazing career, packed with lengthy world tours, gave her a peculiar perspective on musical style, and made her able to work excellently in projects that are strictly about jazz as well as in collaborations with such artists as Pino Daniele, Giorgio Gaber, Gino Paoli, Noa, and with the world of cinema. In 2009, Marcotulli authored the score of film Basilicata coast to coast by Rocco Papaleo, which earned her the Ciak d’oro, the Silver Ribbon for Best Score, and the David di Donatello – a first for a woman.