We are happy to announce a new addition to our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents the Brixia Trio.
The Brixia Trio named after the wonderful town of Brescia in northern Italy, is a jazz ensemble based in Dublin, composed of Anna Bignami (Brescia, IT), Otso Kasperi Mielonen (FIN) and Enrico Goffi (Brescia, IT). The Trio doesn’t have a leader, it represents a communal effort and musical commitment. Each of the members present their own compositions to be then workshopped by the other musicians to create ONE sound without annihilating the individual’s intent. They have performed in various venues such as The Music Temple (Brescia, IT)
Anna Bignami is a guitarist, composer and arranger based in Dublin Ireland.. Originally from Brescia Italy, she moved to Dublin at the age of 18 to attend the jazz performance degree course at Newpark Music Centre (now DCU).Eever since she moved she has been active in the Dublin jazz scene as well as in her home country playing in multiple projects such as PIUMA and MARE NOSTRUM
OTSO KASPERI MIELONEN
Is a Dublin based Finnish bassist, composer and extremist. Born in the city of Oulu, but grew up in the midst of Copenhagen from an early age. Otso has performed with regularly with the Carlsberg Big Band in Copenhagen and after moving to Dublin to pursue his studies at Newpark Music Centre (now DCU), he has been an active part of the Irish jazz scene.In Ireland Otso leads his own band Sisucunda, as well as performing along with Anna Bignami (ITA) in the duo Piuma.
Based in Dublin, Ireland but grew up in a small foggy town in northern Italy, drummer and composer Enrico Goffi has been surrounded by music since a young age, Goffi has shaped his
own unique sound, crafting a sonority that draws inspiration from the landscape of Ireland, impressionistic literature and the improvisational spirit of jazz.
Also this year we’re offering a voucher for dinner for two at Ciao Bella Roma to the value of 40 euro. Anyone who bought online a ticket for the festival before the 10th June 2019 will be in with the chance to win, so get your tickets now and don’t miss this chance to have a traditional Italian dinner on us!
Opened for the past 11 years, Ciao Bella Roma is a pizzeria and restaurant symbolising a long tradition of the Italian dining culture. It’s familiar ambiance welcomes you 12 hours a day, 7days a week (including public holidays) offering you the best choice of traditional Italian cuisine.Those who come will taste the flavors of our Italian kitchen, which is opened till late every night. There’s no better place in town for a real pizza or pasta with the best quality and fresh ingredients.
We are happy to introduce the New Soul, Jazz and Bossanova part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents Luisa Annibali and the “Compartir” project.
Luisa Annibali is an Italian born singer and songwriter living in Dublin. She started to sing when she was just 2 years old and at the age of 7 she started playing piano. Despite this it took her time to fully understand that music wasn’t just her hobby. As a matter of fact, after high school, she studied Law.
During her legal studies, she kept taking vocal classes and attending different Jazz, Blues and Musical Theatre Workshops in Rome and working part-time as a singer in bars and clubs, and at private events. As soon as she graduated, she worked in a law firm. Once she moved to Dublin, she started playing guitar and composed her own original music to definitely realise that her career needed to change.
Two years ago she made an application and successfully entered the Newpark College, now DCU “Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance” (Berklee Programme). Her main influences are coming from Jazz, Soul, New Soul, Blues, Funky, Bossa Nova and World Music. Artists such as Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Astrud Gilberto, Etta James, Paolo Conte, Erykah Badu, Otis Redding, keep inspiring her everyday. She deeply believes in the THERAPEUTIC POWER OF MUSIC!
Currently, she is performing at different bars and venues around Dublin and back in Italy. Just last summer she performed at the “Tolfa Jazz Festival”. She is also working on her first album which will be released next year.
“Compartir” project was born with two musicians and friends met during the DCU Jazz Course: Juan Pablo Mejia (spanish guitar player) and Jonathan Santos (brazilian guitar and bass player) but it also involve previous works with other musicians and friends that crossed her path in the last years.
She is also involved in other music projects, like her recently formed trio “Triplets of Belvedere” playing a repertoire that focuses mainly on Gypsy Jazz.
See her performance in Radio Dublino: https://www.radiodublino.com/2018/12/04/lulu-kumama-dal-vivo-a-radio-dublino/
On the occasion of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s 100th Birthday the Italian Fusion Festival this year will include three 10 minutes slots dedicated to poetry.
Since the time of the Beat Generation, poetry and jazz have always been sharing the stage. For this reason, the Italian Fusion Festival would like to invite poets to join us on stage to present their work.
The jury will select the finalists who will be performing on the 13th July during the Italian Fusion Festival in BelloBar, Dublin.
Submission period: from 1st May to the 15th June 2019.
How to Apply
Send your poem along with a short bio to email@example.com
Deadline 15th June 2019 at 12PM.
Contact us for more info.
We are happy to introduce the Bluesy-Swing part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents The Jones Way .
The Jones Way is a project born in Rome in May 2012, from Silvia Segatori and Annalisa Bruschini. After hundreds of gigs around Rome, they decided, in 2015, to move to Ireland; through the years based here they had the chance to play in important venues in Ireland and in Germany. With their abilities and thanks to in-depth music studies, they re-arrange released songs in English and Italian in a unique style. They can ranging from the most classical Standard Jazz to the legendary Pop-Rock and latest releases in the Bluesy-Swing way and, eventually a glance at the modern and Fusion Jazz with their personal touch just guitar and voice.
The artistic development of The Jones Way, make them bring on stage a performance with a “Bluesy Swing” taste. The Listener can relive a typical essence of ’30/’40 jazz, blues and swing – thanks to Silvia’s characteristic voice powerful and coloratura able to swing quickly through her vocal range -, with a particular ensemble of the typical soul and pop sound – thanks to the essential acoustic arrangements with delicate and accurate Annalisa’s touch on acoustic guitar.
See they performance in Radio Dublino: https://www.radiodublino.com/2019/05/09/the-jones-way-dal-vivo-a-radio-dublino/
The short film competition has been an integral part of the Italian Fusion Festival since its start.
The aim is to offer a spotlight to film-makers in town ready to showcase their works.
The short movies will focus on the fusion of Italian and Irish element. The idea can be conveyed through a wide range of storylines able to intermingle Italian and Irish cultural elements.
Submission period: from 1st May to the 15th June 2019. The length of the short movies can be up to 10 minutes.
The jury will select the finalists during the month of June and they will be projected on the 13th July during The Italian Fusion Festival in BelloBar, Dublin.
The winner will be announced during the event and will be awarded with a plaque and a small cash price.
The finalists’ works will be spread through different platforms, such as the webpage and social networks.
How to Apply
Deadline 15th of June 2019 at 12PM.
Contact us for more info.