Based on Sergio Atzeni’s “Passavamo sulla terra luce” novel

Quartetto Elikes, Coro Prama ‘e seda, Voice narrating Giovanni Carroni

The show is a theatrical adaptation in which literature, acting, choral singing and instrumental music meet and confront each other in search of common ground. The beautiful pages of the memorable novel by Sergio Atzeni, in a fantastic and dreamy style, narrate the tragic and grandiose epic of the Sardinian people, a source of inspiration for the composition for the soundtrack that seeks to underline the magic and the difficulty of the story island. The role of the chorus and of the musicians is, as in the ancient Greek theater, to act as a counterpoint and a background to the theatrical narrative that unfolds over the centuries, from the “exterminated antiquities” to the death of the “Reina d’Arborea” Eleonora, ending with the Spanish invasion and the surrender of the Sardinians, whose heroic exploits will be handed down to posterity. The sounds are at the service of the word, and try to highlight colors, emotions, tastes and landscapes of Sardinian history in order to reflect more on our past memory and on our future.





Mario Meloni guitar – Luca Deriu drums – Fabrizio Fogagnolo double bass.

The Sofia Trio is a project formed in the summer 2015 that arises from the need to integrate different compositional styles in which the influences of the contemporary jazz scene coexist. This is an idea that involved the guitarist Mario Meloni and the drummer Luca Deriu, which took shape together with the Milanese bass player Fabrizio Fogagnolo. The three propose an original repertoire that expresses the encounter between styles and cultures colored by European jazz and African American sound with influences from contemporary music. A continuous search for the right balance between composition and improvisation, political pieces with some solo episodes inserted between themes and pieces where there is no improvisation but only an interpretation of the score. The search for a common thread between “premeditated” and “improvised” music becomes the stylistic cipher of the Sofia trio. An artistic choice born in a natural way, given the background common to the three musicians both in terms of training (an intense course of study through the seminars of Paolo Fresu di Nuoro), and as regards listening and attention to different and multiple musical currents. Sofia, from the ancient greek σοφία (sophia), means wisdom, a human characteristic fueled by knowledge that, as the musicologist Stefano Zenni writes in his History of Jazz, «rises from migration: human beings, adapting to any ecosystem, start moving to increase knowledge transferring cultures, languages, goods. By mixing us with inhabitants of different parts of the planet, we produce new life styles that are always porous and vital ». A concept that belongs from the dawn to jazz: a porous and vital music that evolves thanks to the mixture of styles and musical currents always in motion. The creative and compositional path of the Sofia Trio is inspired by these reflections and is identified in this musical history.




Gavino Murgia Sassofonosita and multi-instrumentalist

The frame that will host the last concert of the preview is the S’Abbafrisca park-museum located in the territory of Dorgali.
To fill the sounds of the Littu valley, Gavino Murgia, the nuorese saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist grew up with bread and jazz, together with the love transmitted by his father for classical music.
He started playing at fifteen, taking part in pop and funky bands and collaborating with some Sardinian theatrical companies.
Later, he attended the seminars of Paolo Fresu in Nuoro, then he left for Siena where he competed to be part of the Italian Youth Orchestra of Jazz as first sax. This immersion in the world of Jazz allows him to increase his experience and to know many musicians with whom he makes countless musical experiences in formations of all kinds: duo, trio, quartet and so on.
Sardinia with its deep musical roots is constantly present in its sound path.
Tenor singing in the role of Bassu, already practiced in adolescence and the traditional study of Launeddas, merge over time with African-American music, finding an original and unprecedented path. Alongside the Soprano and Tenor saxes, the saxophone Baritono, Flauti and Duduk is also added.
His collaborations include: Rabih Abou Kalil, Bobby McFerrin, Michel Godard, G.Trovesi, Antonello Salis, Mal Waldron, Djivan Gasparian, Araik Bakhtckian, Salvatore Bonafede, Pietro Tonolo, Paolo Fresu, Famoudou Don Moye, Roswell Rudd, Sainko Namtcylak, Bebo Ferra, Danilo Rea, Babà Sissokò, Badara Seck, Al di Meola, Paolo Angeli, Hamid Drake, Franck Tortiller, Luigi Cinque, Mauro Pagani, Gianna Nannini, Massimo Ranieri, Andrea Parodi, Vinicio Capossela, Piero Pelù, Piero Marras , Bertas, Tazenda, Luigi Lai, Elena Ledda, Solis String, NOA, Gil Dor, Zohar Fresco and many others with whom he has distinguished himself in the major Italian and international festivals.



"30+1" XXXI EDITION, 2018



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Inspired by American folk music and British pop, Spanu has put his studies of classical guitar and fingerstyle in the service of writing personal and intimate songs in English. The publication of two Eps (Like a Dancer and A Softer Skin) led him to make numerous tours collecting almost 200 concerts in clubs throughout Italy, participating in numerous festivals (Karel Music Expo, Abbabula, Summer Is Mine, Du ‘Bauladu, Mondo Ichnusa) and openings to international concerts In 2018 he released his first LP The Loneliest of Wars, which has now exceeded 250,000 plays on Spotify and for which it has been included among the songwriters to keep an eye on and among the best new live by the editors of KeepOn Live.
The Loneliest Of Wars is officially the debut album of The Heart and The Void (Enrico Spanu) anticipated by the single Like A Candle and the An Island Might video Not Be The End, which contains ten songs (and two bonuses) written in the last three years. The disc, the result of a long and deep collaboration with the Sardinian producer Fabio Demontis, will see the minimalism of the acoustic guitar enriched with more extensive arrangements, using bows, winds and percussion, halfway between the dirty taste and the -f of artists like Bright Eyes or The Tallest Man On Earth, and a more classically pop-acoustic vein to the Passenger. Although the themes of the songs tell different moments of the life of Enrico and are often linked to his land, Sardinia, throughout the album there is an international atmosphere.



Chiara Pancaldi: voice Roberto Tarenzi: piano Darryl Hall: bass Pistolesi: drums

Chiara Pancaldi was born and raised in Bologna, starting her classical piano studies at 10, and singing from her earliest childhood. He immediately developed an interest in jazz, singing along with records and playing with friends. She graduated in 2008 and graduated from the Bologna Conservatory in 2012 with a master’s degree in jazz music. Afterwards, he attended workshops of great artists such as Michele Hendricks, Rachel Gould, Roberta Gambarini, Jeremy Pelt, Harold Mabern, Barry Harris, Vincent Harring, Bob Stoloff, Sheila Jordan, Dena DeRose. He also learns Drupad, a classical music of North India, studying in Italy with Francesca Cassio and in Varanasi (India) with Ritwick Sanyal. Chiara, the stages of the great national and international festivals, from Umbria Jazz to the London Jazz Festival and many others, alongside the great jazz like Cyrus Chestnut, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth, Darryl Hall, Kirk Lightsey, Jeremy Pelt, Laurent Maur, Don Menza, Bernd Reiter and Fabrizio Bosso, just to name a few. His debut album “The Song Is You” dates back to 2012 followed by “I Walk a little faster”, awarded as Best Jazz Voice Record 2015 by the Japanese magazine Jazz Critique Magazine.
Her latest work sees her alongside Kirk Lightsey at the piano and Darryl Hall on the bass for “What is there to say” with two special guests who enrich the session: Jeremy Pelt in the song “What is there to say”, the track that gives the title to the record, and Laurent Maur who played in “The peacocks”.
For the Cala Gonone Jazz festival, the singer performs in her own duo with Darryl Hall. Reduce from the postive experience, corroborated by previous collaborations, they convince Chiara to take the path of the duo in which the melodic voice of the singer dances on the warm notes of the bass. A dialogue in continuous evolution, able to create a unique and different performance each time thanks to improvisation and alchemy between the two always unpredictable.


Antonio Farris on double bass and electronics, Giuseppe Joe Murgia on sax and Alessandro Garau on drums

To open the concert of the duo Pancaldi – Hall is the Mal Bigatto Trio with Antonio Farris on double bass and electronics, Giuseppe Joe Murgia on sax and Alessandro Garau on drums. The group was founded in 2014 by choosing the trio formula without a harmonic instrument with the idea of ​​building a music that tries to tell and tell. In 2017 they recorded “Archetipo” their first album, composed of nine original songs written by the three musicians.
“Music and ideas flow only if all three musicians are protagonists, almost antagonists, in the narrow space that has no frame, background, margins or frames. Always in a rush, one after another in a continuous reversal of responsibility in the belief that one arrives at the same time with the goal of the unsaid, unexplored, undefined. Because this is the paradox: the perfect geometric shape of the triangle creates unpredictable trajectories, energy has no peace, listening generates other sounds and unfulfilled sensations. The feeling is not that of pleasure, there is no quadrature, but it is that of the anguish of the search for a landing or a departure in the discovery that there are not really. “




Giacomo Deiana guitar, Nicola Cossu double bass, Stefano Sibiriu percussion

The first concert in the caves of Bue Marino sees the multifaceted artist Rossella Faa retrace fifteen years of music together with the musicians Giacomo Deiana on guitar, Nicola Cossu on double bass and Stefano Sibiriu on percussion. A long journey undertaken in a quartet that explores the melancholy of the sea and of love in their marvelous nature.
Rossella Faa studied in Cagliari and graduated at the Pesaro Conservatory in band instrumentation.
He collaborates as singer-chorister with Piero Marras, Andrea Parodi, Elena Ledda, Alessandro Di Liberto and Alberto Massidda; the vocal trio Le Balentes (for which he composes texts and music of the CD Cantano, Balentes and Cixiri), Paolo Alfonsi and Sandro Fontoni, with Nicola Cossu and Giacomo Deiana (with whom he makes the book / CD Baa-Bà and the CD / book Sighi Singin ‘) The Faa also writes for the theater and the companies: Effimero Meraviglioso, Teatro Stabile of Sardinia, Teatro Impossible, Riverrun, Teatro dall’Armadio, Teatro del Segno. He teaches modern singing. He collaborates in events and support programs to promote and spread the Sardinian language and has published in his name 1 music CD: In Corde, and 2 book / CD entitled: Baa-bà! and Sighi Singin.


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Alessio Zucca on the piano, Mauro Medde on bass, Andrea Murtas drums

The Faces of Alex is the name of the project but also the stage name of the pianist, Sardinian composer Alessio Zucca, 27 years of Dolianova. Alessio graduated from the conservatory of Cagliari in jazz piano in October 2013.
Always a lover of progressive music, grew up with the Genesis, King Crimson and a vast music scene ranging from Fusion to Metal approaches to jazz and 20 years of improvisation of which he especially appreciates the most modern languages. He decides to venture into the composition of his own solo album The Tree of Timeless (out in April 2016) during his two years of Jazz studies in Bologna in 2014, baptizing the project with the name Faces of Alex (the meaning of the name is the desire not to show only a musical face but the desire to be able to freely move).


Matthew Whitaker – piano/organ Edward Morcaldi – guitar Sipho Kunene – drums

Waiting for us at the theater, the enfant terrible of the piano Matthew Whitaker. Born in Hackensack, New Jersey in 2001, Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music and only three years later understood his love after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At 9, Matthew learns how to play the Hammond B3 organ as a self-taught. Four years later, he is the youngest artist to be promoted by Hammond in his 80-year history. At 15, Yamaha also decided to support him, becoming the youngest musician to be part of the starred world of jazz pianists.
Today he studies classical piano and drums at the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School at the Lighthouse Guild in New York. It is the only community music school for the blind and visually impaired in the United States. He also attended the Precollege Jazz Program at the Manhattan School of Music. His studies include the Harlem School of the Arts and is part of the Jazz House Big Band and the Jazz House Kids Organ Messengers in Montclair, NJ.
Whitaker received the “Outstanding Soloist Award” from the Jazz at the Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival at Lincoln Center and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. He was also recognized by the Harlem International Film Festival, which named him “Most Remarkable Young Person on Screen”. He already has several tours both in the United States and abroad, performing before the Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, and in other world-renowned stages, including: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts , Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and in France, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Japan and Morocco.

Opening with Cuncordia in Launeddas

In 1982 the City of Cagliari, following an initiative of the folk group Città di Cagliari, funded a basic course of launeddas. The direction of the course was entrusted to Luigi Lai, one of the greatest masters of launeddas, a pupil of Efisio Melis and Antonio Lara, legendary musicians who greatly contributed to the development of the instrument’s technique and to the enrichment of the repertoire.
The course lasted four years, during which many students learned the basics of the launeddas and began to develop different lines of interest. Behind the stimulus of the same Luigi Lai began to take shape a large ensemble, which he called “the band”, consisting of the students of the course, who performed simple songs for launeddas and who participated in various popular events, usually religious, arousing a certain interest.
In 1987, the Cultural Association “CUNCORDIA A LAUNEDDAS” was established in Cagliari. The aim was to propose, not only the music of the launeddas, interpreted in a choral way, but also the dissemination of the history of this instrument and the role it played over time, both from a musical and socio-cultural point of view. The musical orientation of the group is left to imagine the same name “Cuncordia” which, in the jargon of the launeddas players, means playing together. The number of players who, however, according to tradition, participated in this small ensemble were, in general, never more than four. It was necessary to overcome many difficulties, mainly related to the tuning of the instrument and the volume not very high to be able to obtain an orchestral type setting.




Sabrine Jenhani – voice, Ramy Zoghlemi – voice and guitar

A breath of fresh air and “indie” comes up to the Grotte del Bue Marino with the Tunisian duo Ÿuma.
Coming into the world of music on December 20, 2015, the duo stands out thanks to an original mash-up of oriental and western songs, building a bridge between the cultures of the Mediterranean. So the duo build bridges between the cultures of the two shores of the Mediterranean, imposing themselves in the rich panorama of Tunisian alternative music.
The two explore the human soul, chaos and the search for the “alter ego” of a missing part. The Yuma universe is that of the human soul when, in the world of disorder, the soul seeks its alter ego, the his double, his missing piece, also addressing political, social or cultural issues. The duo is sided by the side of love, in solitude or decided by destiny, the doubtful love, in revolt and finally leading to liberation. The reference to the recent history of the country is clear and the poetic language chosen to compose the songs, is inspired by a land in full revolution, its wounds, its stones, the wind and the colors of twilight, flavors and aromas that they bring back to exotic and yet very close places.



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An evening in the intimate colors of flamenco with the duo Ascani – Ippoliti at the Aquarium of Cala Gonone, for this penultimate evening of the festival. Riccardo Ascani, born January 28, 1965, is a flamenco guitarist and composer of the jazzy past, who has collaborated with many artists from overseas including George Coleman (Umbria Jazz 1991) and Benjamin Waters. In 1991 he won a plaque of merit called by the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Falling in love with flamenco in 1992 he made contact with the most important virtuosi of the genre (Paco de Lucia, Gerardo Nunez, Manolo Sanlucar, Serranitotra many) and with the most important flamenco associations and academies such as the Pena Flamenca Los Cernicalos of Jerez de la Frontera or the Baile Academy of Josè Galvan in Seville.
Today Riccardo Ascani is one of the greatest exponents of the flamenco guitar in Italy, he has worked in the most important clubs and theaters in Europe and is above all the creator of a border music, rich in melody and romance that makes flamenco its driving force without drowning in such stereotypes as shown by his latest albums “Oceans” and “Fiesta en el Mar”. The music of Riccardo Ascani tells us about the idealized sea in literature and in the soul of every man, that Sea which is the source of inspiration for illustrious writers and poets from Homer to Baricco passing through Conrad, Lorca and Hemingway. Always active in the defense of the marine ecosystem Riccardo Ascani has recorded his guitar in the fiction “Il Sindaco Pescatore” (musical editions Rai com, 2016). As well as a soloist he collaborates with the “Appassionante” female lyric trio with whom he recorded his guitar on the album “Salve” and with the Spanish singer Sergio Muniz where he recorded his guitar in the single pop-flamenco “Que Calor”.
Roberto Ippoliti began studying the guitar privately, then graduating from the UM (University of Music) in Rome, where he studied under the guidance of some of the best professionals in the Italian music scene (Riccardo Ascani, Simone Gianlorenzi, Marco Gerace, Ettore Gentile , Fabio Mariani), the various genres of modern guitar: flamenco, jazz, rock and fusion. After graduation he started an intense live activity in Italy and in Europe playing as a soloist and in various musical projects ranging from flamenco (member of Flamenco Jazz Quartet by Riccardo Ascani), to world music, passing through pop and rock.

The two explore the human soul, chaos and the search for the “alter ego” of a missing part. The Yuma universe is that of the human soul when, in the world of disorder, the soul seeks its alter ego, the his double, his missing piece, also addressing political, social or cultural issues. The duo is sided by the side of love, in solitude or decided by destiny, the doubtful love, in revolt and finally leading to liberation. The reference to the recent history of the country is clear and the poetic language chosen to compose the songs, is inspired by a land in full revolution, its wounds, its stones, the wind and the colors of twilight, flavors and aromas that they bring back to exotic and yet very close places.




The Daniel Karlsson Trio opens the evening concerts at the Arena Palmasera, in an outdoor evening that aims to involve not only the spectators, but anyone, even during a walk, wants to stop and listen to good music in the light of the stars, with the background of the waves and the sea breeze, connecting the senses and leaving us to abandon them. The Daniel Karlsson Trio from their debut album “Das Taxibåt” in September 2013 has established itself as one of the most interesting formations of Swedish and European jazz. Last but not least the magnificent “Fusion for Fish”, released in August 2014. The album won the prize of the jazz group of the year of the Swedish magazine 2014, the Swedish jazz magazine OJ’s Golden Disc 2015 and the Swedish Jazz Grammy 2015. Also abroad, their music has met with press awards in Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
2016 is the year of the third album “The Feel Free Falafel” which has had numerous positive reviews and a wide diffusion via radio. The fourth album “Ding Dong” was nominated for the Swedish Grammy Award as best jazz album in 2018.
The trio seems unstoppable and we can not but be happy with their prolific activity. In March 2018, they released their fifth album “No. 5 “.



The Choir Istelotte is a male choir of Dorgali founded in 1996, boasts of many performances in Sardinia, continent and abroad.




Sarah Jane Morris voice, Antonio Forcione guitar

Last day with two explosive concerts. It starts in the morning with the singer Sarah Jane Morris together with the guitarist Antonio Forcione at the Grotte del Bue Marino. After the success of critics and public thanks to the album “Compared to What” the two will give us a performance that uses a powerful chemistry between the two musicians. The record is not just a small gem of jazz music, but addresses current issues and human tragedies from the drama of refugees, the war and the crossing of the Mediterranean to violence against women, traces lightened by the presence of love songs, ironic and cover welcome and well done. Famous for its association with the “Communards” in the mid-80s and for the notorious rewriting of the classic “Me and Mrs Jones” Sarah Jane Morris has always attracted the attention both for her politics and for her voice. Numerous solo albums and a diverse series of musical collaborations on record, film and stage, Morris continues to travel on the crest of the wave.
The ascent to the recognition of Antonio Forcione is a story of talent, determined passion to snatch every possible sound and emotion from the guitar. The result is a mix of dazzling virtuosities, ferocious rhythms and a fiery spiritual aspiration accompanied by a touch of natural humor. His 16 albums, numerous awards and his charity concerts have made him a much loved artist who never fails to capture the imagination and the heart of his audience.



Pee Wee Ellis: sax terno, Tony Remy: guitar, Gareth Williams:keyboard, Laurence Cottle: bass, Guido May:drums, Fred Ross: special guest on voice


Closes the XXXI edition of Cala Gonone Jazz and back to the beach to greet the festival. Waiting for us is the Funk Assembly by Pee Wee Ellis with the opening of Tenor Durgalesu (sa gehe – Giovanni Boeddu, contra – Flavio Patteri, bass – Jacopo Senette, mesuoche – Franco Sa).
Pee Wee, former member of James Brown’s Band and composer of some of the songs of the famous soul musician, (“Cold Sweat” and “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”) has been active since the 60s as saxophonist. At the end of the ’70s he formed his own band together with David Liebman, with whom he recorded “The Chicken”. . For seven years he worked as arranger and music director for Van Morrison and then resumed his collaboration in the 90s and in 2000 as a guest. The ’80s are the period in which he founded the JB Horns along with the musicians with whom he had worked for James Brown including Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker, giving life to a jazz-funk ensemble.
After a solo career, there are numerous collaborations and musical journeys undertaken, experimenting with different sounds and instruments including World Music that lead him to record and perform with Oumou Sangare, Ali Farka Toure, Cheikh Lo, Anga Diaz and the renowned Cuban bassist Cachao.
Working also as a music teacher, Pee Wee Ellis earns the respect and approval of colleagues and the public and between 2009 and 2011 he made an African tour dedicated to James Brown “Stille Black Still Proud”, acclaimed all over the world.