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I Will Touch You

Tuesday 25 October, 6.30pm

I Will Touch You

A concert by Giuseppe Bassi at the double bass and Sumire Kuribayashi at the piano

The double bass player Giuseppe Bassi presents the new album I will touch you (winner, JazzIt Awards 2021), published by Doppio Sugo Records, co-written with the pianist Sumire Kuribayashi, considered one of the greatest talents on the Japanese jazz scene. The album was created in the period of the pandemic, during which the two musicians were forced to cancel their European tour for the presentation of Atomic Bass, the musical story of a double bass reaching the places destroyed by the tsunami and devastated by radiation for the explosion of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Sumire managed to get back to Japan in March 2020 and the two musicians started a daily collaboration, where Sumire would send Giuseppe the new music she lovingly composed, sometimes recorded on her mobile phone, so that he could add his double bass and they could keep playing together. They kept doing that for about seven months, every day live on Facebook, with an audience of family members and soft toys. Part of that music has been selected for the album, which alternates moments of joy with those of melancholy and celebrates a true friendship and a deep affection that no distance can threaten.

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Giuseppe Bassi has performed on the most prestigious stages in the world. His music ranges from traditional jazz to avant-garde, from funk to classical music. During his career he has collaborated with some of the most important jazz musicians at an international level, including Lew Tabackin, John Hicks, Billy Drummond, Ute Lemper, Greg Osby and has played with the greatest interpreters of Italian jazz such as Enrico Pieranunzi, Stefano Bollani, Fabrizio Bosso, Franco Cerri, Francesco Cafiso, Enrico Rava and many more. He is also well known in the world of showbusiness and has often played music with well-known TV presenter and singer Renzo Arbore. His work is produced by the Japanese label Albore records and by the most important and active record labels in the world of jazz. He is co-founder of the new label called Doppio Sugo production. He has published 10 albums as a leader and many more as a sideman.

Pianist and composer Sumire Kuribayashi graduated from a Jazz & Pops course at Music college in Saitama, Japan, and started her music career while in school. In 2014 she released her debut album “TOYS”, which received very good reviews from prestigious Jazz magazines, and she won the ‘New Star’ award in Jazz Life Disc Grand Priz 2014. She has won a firm reputation as “21st century modern jazz like no one” and her name and work has gained wide recognition in the music industry since. Sumire released her second Travelin’, in 2015 with her trio. In 2017 she collaborated with well-known Japanese bassist Hideaki Kanazawa and released a duo album.