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Italian jazz band UADG prioritizes artistry over commercial styles
(Published: January 28, 2017)

Eschewing commercial flavors for avant-garde compositions and high-I.Q. improvisation, the Italian band UADG are on the cutting edge of jazz. The group's inventive new album How to Build a City is beginning to reel in critical praise, illustrating a bright future for them.

Q: How and when was UADG formed?

A: UADG band was born in 2010 from the idea of mixing together musicians with different musical roots, from classical to electronic, from rock to jazz, until reaching a totally free improvisation.

Q: What artists did you guys grow up listening to?

A: Everyone of us has different musical roots. For example Luca [Burocchi, guitar] studied classical and rock music; his favourite musicians are Bach, Schubert, Mauro Giuliani, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin. Giorgio's [Panico, bass] background is mainly jazz, world music, and Latin as well as Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Weather Report, Area, and Cachao. Claudio [Trinoli, drums] loves jazz, big bands, and rock but also Charlie Parker, Glenn Miller, Bill Evans, Toto, and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.

Q: What musicians greatly influenced UADG's style the most?

A: Our common background is Miles Davis, Weather Report, and many others, such as Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.

Q: How often do you get together and practice?

A: We are all involved in several projects like concerts, teaching and music production. We meet once a week for practicing, enjoying and experimenting new sounds. Sometimes we meet just for fun; we are not only colleagues but also good friends.

Q: What is the jazz scene in Italy like?

A: In Italy we have a lot of great musicians, but they often haven't the opportunity to play. In our town we live a paradoxical situation because we have one of the main jazz festivals in the world with some of the most important artists, but during the rest of the year the local musicians haven't so many opportunities to perform live.

Q: Did you ever get demotivated at one point in your career?

A: We live music easily; we don't want to lose the funny side of it. We always practice and experiment. We are interested in making music with passion and perseverance without worrying about commercial successes. This is our way to give our best; for this reason we never get down.

Q: What is a typical day for a band?

A: We start improvising, we are sure that this is the best way in order to obtain a great feeling, sound and stimulating the creativity. Once we have the right interplay we start playing our repertoire or writing new pieces.

Q: Are you working on a new project?

A: We are working on a new project now, but it will be a surprise. We are trying to create a new kind of fusion mixing unexpected music.

Q: Did you ever have any clash of ideas? How do you handle those situations?

A: Though we have different point of view, we never have any clash; we just exchange our ideas with great respect. We really trust each other, so we are always ready to listen to others' opinions. Every comparison is useful to learn something new.

[Photo by Anna Gebbia]

More Information: http://https://uadg.org

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