Giacomo Caruso Quartet

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Giacomo Caruso Quartet is an international band active from September 2012. The band was born as a consequence of the deep mutual musical understanding and intense collaboration between Italian pianist Giacomo Caruso and Russian saxophonist Sergej Avanesov, who later involved American bassist Tyler Luppi and Russian drummer Samvel Sarkisyan.
The band performs extemporary arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions written by its members. Their music, solidly resting on jazz tradition, takes flight towards adventurous excursions into many different territories: Caruso’s free pianism, Avanesov’s whirling lines, Luppi’s joyful lyricism and Sarkisyan’s modern and intricate beats. Their approach to music mixes the freedom and the playfulness coming from the tradition of the music of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz and Keith Jarrett, with the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic tools coming from the contemporary jazz scene and from quite new styles like funk, hip hop and drum and bass.
 
Giacomo Caruso (Italy, 1989) started playing the piano early in his life, with a creative approach based on improvisation. He has toured and recorded with Joris Teepe (who’s played double bass for Benny Golson and Rashied Ali for ten years) and Steve Altenberg (sideman on over forty international jazz releases). He also collaborated with Kristijan Krajncan (semi-finalist of the Thelonious Drums Competition 2012), multi-awarded George Dumitriu, Signe Bisgaard and many more. He has performed at de Harmonie (Leeuwarden), BeBop Jazz Club (Rome), ELBJAZZ Festival (Hamburg), Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), Swingin’ Groningen Festival (Groningen), Modica Miete Culture Contaminazioni Festival (Modica).
 
Sergej Avanesov (Russia, 1994) has performed in a number of European countries since he was only 12. He played in important big bands such as the Rostov Jazz Big Band, the East-West European Jazz Orchestra, the Stageband and Azov Jazz Band. As a leader of his own trio, he won the first prize at the Skadovsk Jazz Competition. Sergej had the pleasure of performing in small and big ensembles led by jazz giants such as Dennis Rowland, Jerry Bergonzi, Peter Beets, Alex Sipiagin, Robin Eubanks, David Berkman, Wycliffe Gordon and Gene Jackson. In 2012, Sergej was part of the Hanze Symphonic Jazz Orchestra directed by Mr. John Clayton.
 
Tyler Luppi (U.S.A., 1991), after five years studying the piano, picked up the bass at the age of thirteen. Tyler was the Connecticut Music Educators Association Eastern Regional Jazz Bassist for two times. Since then, he has performed as a leader and a sideman in several ensembles, including his jazz recording debut in 2011 with the Orice Jenkins Trio. Tyler has collaborated with the Litchfield Jazz Camp for the past four years. Through this experience, he worked with and learned from some of jazz greats, such as Junior Mance, Dave Brubeck, Matt Wilson, Pat Martino, Helen Sung, Claudio Roditi and countless others. He toured and recorded in Lithuania with the Pranas Kentra Trio, where they won the Gitarų šėlsmas. He has performed at the Idstein Jazz Festival in Germany and the Swingin’ Groningen Festival in the Netherlands with the Yoonmi Choi Trio.
 
Samvel Sarkisyan (Russia, 1995) started playing classical piano when he was five, and eventually decided that drums were his passion. While studying at Kim Nazaretov Music School in Rostov, he has been the drummer of the Kim Nazaretov Children Big Band for eight years. As drummer and percussionist of the East-West European Jazz Orchestra, he performed with such great musicians as Dave Liebman, Peter Beets, Wycliffe Gordon and Dennis Rowland, touring in Russia, Germany and Czech Republic.
 
Sergej Avanesov – tenor saxophone
Giacomo Caruso – piano
Tyler Luppi – double bass
Samvel Sarkisyan – drums
 

 

 

“Giacomo ha una tavolozza espressiva completa: aggredisce gli standards come se li suonasse da trent’anni, piazza i suoi clusters con sapienza drammaturgica, usa la sinistra come una potente voce dissonante e poi – improvvisamente – si spedisce risoluto in un drive possente con tanto di scansione canonica in 4/4!
A fine concerto gli abbiamo chiesto se i pianisti che ci erano venuti in mente ascoltando i suoi due primi solo-tracks erano state nostre allucinazioni: ci ha confermato tutto, Paul Bley, il primo Chick Corea, Kenny Werner. Lui ha aggiunto Ran Blake e, naturalmente, il divino Jarrett.
Ma sta già cercando il suo linguaggio ed è a buon punto, specie quando il quartetto propone materiale autoctono: temi pungenti, geometrici, a firma dei quattro, che mostrano già ora di curare non solo la tecnica improvvisativa (come si conviene per un jazzista) ma anche la sapienza compositiva (come si conviene per un musicista tout-court).
Il sax tenore del giovanissimo Sergej Avanesov, russo, ci ha particolarmente colpito per la vorticosità di alcuni passaggi e la fluidità del fraseggio.”
Sandro Vero

“E’ stato un concerto fluido e spumeggiante, quello che ieri sera ha visto Giacomo Caruso entrare davvero nel ruolo di band leader e sfidare gli altri a seguire la sua ispirazione: senza barriere tra la band e il pubblico, per gli spettatori è stato quasi come trovarsi ad entrare per caso in una sala prove del ‘Prins Claus Conservatorium’, in una pausa tra le lezioni, e avere la fortuna di assistere all’incontro di quattro giovani fuoriclasse alle prese con il grande gioco della jazz.
Il consolidato feeling tra Giacomo Caruso al pianoforte e il russo Sergej Avanesov al sax tenore, si è facilmente intrecciato all’entusiasmo del virtuoso contrabbassista americano, che ha nel sangue origini polacche e italiane, Tyler Luppi, e ai misurati, puntuali, impeccabili interventi del batterista armeno Samvel Sarkisyan, il più giovane del gruppo, appena diciassettenne.”
Concetta Bonini