Sasha Argov and Nino Rota, two great composers who shaped the culture in which they worked, were experts in composition. Argov brought to Israel the classics of the Russian composers, and Rota introduced to Italy the influences of operas and gypsy music. At first look, it seems these two phenomenal artists were active in different areas, but a very clear line connects their works—sophisticated harmonies influenced by the temperament and groove of the Mediterranean, along a deep understanding of the music as a designer and accompaniment to a moving picture.
The music of both is complex and sophisticated, played by jazz ensembles and large orchestras, and is considered a magnet for other artists, but is deeply rooted in the cultural folklore of the countries in which they worked. This year at the festival, for one evening, the beauty and charm of their works meets on stage with an Italian-Israeli ensemble.
Maria Mazzotta (Italy) – vocals
Bruno Galeone (Italy) - accordion
Tula Ben Ari - Vocals and Guitar
Yehonatan Cohen - flute and saxophone
Katia Tubol - Piano (Adaptations)
Guy Levi - contrabrass
Shai Zalman - drums and musical management
Photo credit: Giulio Rugge- Bruno Galeone and Maria Mazzotta Shai Zaltzman - Yossi Zviker Katia Touboul - Itay Einstein Tula - Kobi Sharvit Yehonatan Cohen - Yossi Zviker