Great public and critical success for the “Wednesday in Jazz” festival, underway in Albania on the initiative of the “Gesualdo da Venosa” Music Conservatory of Potenza. From the beginning of October, and until the end of November, at the Opera and Ballet Theater of Tirana, ensembles made up of students and masters of the Lucanian conservatory alternate in a repertoire that ranges from the African-American tradition, including a monograph on Thelonious Monk , to European jazz, culminating with the world premiere of unreleased songs composed by students and teachers and with a project that combines jazz with electronic music.
The initiative, promoted by the Opera and Ballet Theater of Tirana and the “Gesualdo da Venosa” Music Conservatory of Potenza with the contribution of the Basilicata Region and the patronage of the Albanian Government, the Italian Embassy in Albania and the Institute Italian of Culture of Tirana, was presented in recent days in the Albanian capital in a press conference by the director and president of the Conservatory of Potenza, Felice Cavaliere and Aniello Cerrato, by the Italian ambassador Fabrizio Bucci and by the superintendent of the National Opera Theater and Tirana Ballet Abigheila Voshitna.
“The historic artistic-cultural collaboration between Italy and Albania – explain the organizers – has become increasingly consolidated over the years and today is committed to enhancing internationalization processes, which also represent one of the most relevant targets of the entire Alta Artistic and Musical Training. The collaboration is aimed at promoting the diffusion of a musical genre, Jazz, which is little frequented in Albania, a country notoriously very fertile in the field of classical and symphonic music”.
“The idea of a high-profile Jazz festival, therefore, in addition to strengthening the cultural twinning between the two countries – continue the organizers -, was born to contribute to disseminating a little-researched musical language in Albania in which the Potenza Conservatory represents a ‘Italian excellence. The project represents a precious opportunity for human and artistic growth for all the subjects involved and will allow a stable collaboration on a broad spectrum, for productions that will involve all the departments of the ‘Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa’ Conservatory, for the benefit of the institutional and governmental subjects that carry out the role of stakeholders, in an increasingly flourishing perspective of international cooperation and cultural development”.