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Mp2 Mezza Pagni Jazz Duo

by Vittorio Mezza

Powerful, polymetric, polyrhythmic jazz with modal interchanges and strong improvisation feeling.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Giant Steps
5:55 album only
2. Sno' peas
6:52 album only
3. Trinkle Tinkle
6:36 album only
4. Nostalgia in time square
10:57 album only
5. Beyond the Odrivelead
3:40 album only
6. Homo Ritmicus
6:05 album only
7. Impressions
9:26 album only
8. Evidence
6:25 album only
9. Across the Sky
2:52 album only
10. Theme for Ayrton
8:26 album only


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Vittorio Mezza biography

He was born in Maddaloni (Italy). After having completed his studies in classical music, he moved to Rome where got his Diploma and Bachelor in jazz music in Jazz Music from the ”S. Cecilia Conservatory of Music”. He lives in Rome and he has attended various courses like the Berklee Summer School to Umbria Jazz, the Seminars and the two-year master of high improvement for Jazz Trios in Siena, the David Liebman Chromatic Jazz Master Class in the USA, The New York International Jazz Workshop in the USA, the Arrangement and Composition Course at the Music University of Rome, etc.
He studied under international musicians like Dave Liebman, Franco D’ Andrea, Stefano Battaglia, Paolo Damiani, John Taylor, Fabio Jegher, David Sanborn etc., and has performed in many important International Festivals such as the French-Italian Festival of Jazz and Improvisation in Rome with the S. Cecilia Jazz Orchestra: full orchestra project; the Roccella Jonica Jazz Festival – where he opened the concert for Wayne Shorter Quartet: double acoustic piano project; and then plays with the ethno-jazz ensemble of D. Montenegro – in 2005: ethnic instrumental from the South of Italy tradition featuring double bass and acoustic piano; the Bitonto Jazz Festival 2007 – where he opened the concert for the Mike Stern Band: double bass and acoustic piano; the International Music Fest of Rome. He was semifinalist at the TIM in Marseille as well as at the Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition 2005, at which he was the only Italian to compete.
He has played in several line-ups including the S. Cecilia Jazz Quartet: original pieces for acoustic piano – cello - violin – double bass; he played in duo with Paolo Damiani: double bass and piano; and in the Paolo Damiani Group: voice – saxophone – double bass – drums – piano; in trio with Ettore Fioravanti, Roberto Gatto: double bass – drums – piano; in jazz quartet and quintet with Aldo Bassi, Francesco Puglisi, Cristiano Micalizzi : trumpet - double bass – drums – piano.
He has played also with Diana Torto, Walter Paoli, Pietro Condorelli, Antonio Onorato; in the USA with Mike Stephans, Tony Marino, Tony Moreno, Marc Mommaas; in Canada with Alec Walkington and Dave Laing (McGill University of Montréal). He has played in several international theatres and concert-halls such as the French Institute of Douala and the Yaoundé Jazz Festival (Cameroun – Africa), Marseille Auditorium (France), Teatro Vespasiano of Civitavecchia, Reggio Calabria Conservatory of Music, ‘Mediterranea’ University of Reggio Calabria, Anfiteatro Romano of Benevento, Teatro Cilea and Maschio Angioino in Napoli, Real Palace of S. Leucio Caserta, Villa Pamphilj – Rome, University of Cosenza, Rome Conservatory Academic Hall, Teatro dei Contrari, Villa Giulia and Palazzo Farnese - France Ambassade - in Rome, the ‘Deer Head Inn’ in Delaware GAP – Pennsylvania, USA, the ‘Upstairs Jazz Club’ in Montréal, Quebec… Vittorio also play Hammond Organ, Fender Rhodes and keys.
In the year 2008 he was selected by the Yamaha Corporation to be one of the piano and keyboard performers for Italy. He has played on programmes for Rai, Rai Sat and Mediaset. He has recorded the CD “MP2 Mezza Pagni Jazz Duo” for the Splasc(H) Records Label: duo piano-double bass and live electronics; and the “Solinsieme” for the Domani Music and Discography Editions: duo piano-double bass; and many other self recorded CDs.
In 2006 he won the International Competition of Composition “O. Sindici” – Ceccano (FR) and the price for which was publication of a collection of original compositions for piano solo featuring a language in the area between jazz and contemporary music, by BÈRBEN International Music Edition. In 2007 he was finalist in the Roma Soundtrack Competition for composers, with an original composition for strings trio and piano.
He was been reviewed by some of Italian’s top critics such as Franco Fayenz, Giordano Selini, Vittorio Lo Conte, Neri Pollastri, Gianni Montano, Michael Alberga… He was noted in the category ‘best new talents 2006’ in Top Jazz, the Italian Jazz Music Referendum. He is ranked in the list of the most Italian State Music Conservatories (Rome, Venice, Ferrara, Genova, Pesaro, Potenza, Fermo, Frosinone, Trento, Mantova, Trieste, Brescia, Parma, Como, Bari, Alessandria, Torino…).
In the 2007 he held a seminar for the Jazz Music class of the ‘S. Cecilia’ Rome Conservatory, about the development of languages in jazz (the topic of his book Nuovi Percorsi Improvvisativi – Tecniche avanzate pentatoniche – Libreria Universitaria Editions).
He composed ‘Pianogrups vol. 1 e 2’ published by Berben Editions, ‘Birth from a bird’ and ‘Memories of love - for piano’, published by the Florestano Editions. He has worked as music consultant for RAI Italian National Television composing many background music works and he teached – as Music Conservatory
Professor – for the instruction of the ‘Jazz Piano Elements’ discipline at the ‘S. Cecilia’ Conservatory of Rome.
Besides, he recorded a trio cd – with Massimo Moriconi on the bass and Ettore Fioravanti on the drums – published by Abeat Records, a quartet published by Rai Trade Editions and recently a new piano solo one. The cd Vittorio Mezza Trio (Abeat Records) has been hosted in many radio programmes such as ‘Battiti’ by Rai Radio Tre, Radio Montecarlo, Radio 105, LifeGate Radio, Radio 24, Radio Jazz 34 in Francia, JazzRadio di Berlino, in Usa, Corea, Romania, Cile, Croatia, Messico, Colombia, Grecia, Islanda, Canada, Perù, Slovenia, Sud Africa, Israele, Serbia, Spagna, Svizzera, Inghilterra, Ecuador, Indonesia, Brasile, Qatar, Giappone e Australia; it is recommended from the Jazzit Magazine as the cd of the Year 2010 both for the section “100 Greatest Jazz Album 2010″ than for the “Writing & Ensemble” one; so Vittorio is among the best Italian composers and musicians for the JAZZIT AWARD PRICE 2010.
His new book is about the development of improvisative languages “New Improvisative Ways – Advanced Pentatonic Tecniques” published by Libreria Universitaria of Padova. Now he has obtained the Chair of Pianoforte Jazz and he is Head of the Jazz Department at the Conservatory of Reggio Calabria – Italy.
His new release is Life Process – piano solo, published by Abeat Records and presented at the Yaoundé Jazz Festival, Cameroun (Africa) on November 2012. Last May he was invited by the Head of Jazz Department of the ‘S. Cecilia’ Conservatory in Rome to perform his piano solo project and on December 3rd 2013 he played for Sir Antonio Pappano that received a Price for his career at ‘S. Cecilia’ Rome Conservatory.

Vittorio Mezza



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