Riccardo Del Fra German-French-Polish quintet
From Hoffnung Espoir Nadzieja (Hope)
Riccardo Del Fra’s new project, in conjunction with the foundation Genshagen, will be presented for the first time in the castle Gesnhagen on November 3, 2016. In France the project will be presented for the first time in Goethe Institut Paris, December 15, 2016 and in Wroclaw in spring 2017.
… To Moving People
“Moving People” – The movement of people, the humankind – in its vulnerability as well as in its phenomenal life force – the “Other” that moves us ; all that is the heart of the project “Moving People”.
After the success of “My Chet My Song”, Riccardo is back with an album of striking and penetrating compositions. for which he surrounded himself with refined improvisers without boundaries. Several generations and different countries are represented : the Americans Kurt Rosenwinkel, exceptional guitarist by the wonderfully inspired playing, and Jason Brown, drummer with powerful groove and contagious energy; the fiery German saxophonist Jan Prax; the expressive and libertarian Polish trumpeter Tomasz Dabrowski ; the French Rémi Fox, subtle and poetic saxophonist, and Carl-Henri Morisset, a pianist of rare mastery and inventiveness.
Moving People is a lyrical album, deep, powerful and delicate at the same time that, through a demanding musical writing, but leaving large space to the improvisation, tells the journeys towards a better life, the hope and the force of life.
The music of Riccardo Del Fra caresses and moves. His double bass sings with lyricism, embraces with sensuality and brings the soloists to incandescence.
The experience of mixing French, German, American musicians has been very fruitful. I would like to continue and extend this idea of partnership through the concept of mixing generations, choosing players who are open to different approaches – going from tradition to contemporary idioms.”
Riccardo Del Fra composition & doublebass
Kurt Rosenwinkel guitar or Gabriel Gosse – Tomasz Dabrowski trumpet – Jan Prax sax – Remi Fox sax – Carl-Henri Morisset piano – Nicolas Fox drums
My Chet My Song – Riccardo Del Fra quintet
A very personal vision of Chet Baker’s musical and poetical world
Nicolas Folmer trumpet, Bruno Ruder piano – Pierrick Pédron or Rémi Fox sax – Billy Hart drums – Riccardo Del Fra double bass, compositions & arrangements.
With My Chet, My Song Riccardo del Fra offers his personal vision of Chet Bakers’s musical and poetical world; a rich universe of dreams and romance, light and magnetic. The incontrovertible standards cherished by this great artist and eternalised in his historical recordings, are intermingled with Riccardo’s original compositions inspired by Chet Baker. In his arrangements of Chet Baker’s pieces, Riccardo del Fra revisits them playing a musical game balancing subtlety between respect for tradition while engaging with today’s musical language. Riccardo Del Fra wrote about My Chet, My Song: With this project, I wanted to bring a new vision on the extraordinary experience of my personal musical history, but without nostalgia, to get back a music sublimated and ultimately new, far away from a style exercise or a fruitless remake.
“ Inspired by the idea of metamorphosis, I wrote new music and arranged older ones to transfigure this universe in a naturally and organically modern framework, in particular through re-harmonisations, the play of variations, the changing of perspectives. This modernity is possible thanks also to the know-how of the talented musicians who surround me. These artists of different generations know well the tradition, but they are also sensitive and permeable to today’s world and to all kind of music that reaches us from everywhere. I’ve been always curious about other musical worlds and a supporter of all decompartmentalizing process. I am pleased to see that they have such curiosity in a natural way and that together we can play a music where poetry, imagination and energy coexist, to serve a fresh and uninhibited expression.”
Riccardo Del Fra
Riccardo Del Fra American trio
Most refined nuances and brilliant arrangements define the play of this extraodinary trio
“Notes are characters, like in a play, a movie or a novel. All musical gesture must have a deep meaning otherwise silence is preferable”. That could be the keyword of Riccardo del Fra’s music, spacing from pure simple melodies to chromatic richness, where Riccardo’s bass sings or surrounds, Marc Copland offers his anti-routine piano playing and the legendary Billy Hart paints the all with light or strong grooves. When they play together, you can hear a story. And everytime is a different and new one.
Marc Copland piano – Riccardo Del Fra doublebas – Billy Hart drums