“Come – Eden!” aims at being an album inspired by the sound of contemporary jazz, in a drumless, chamber-music atmosphere, which can bring out the sound of the various instruments. My original compositions are three: “Come – Eden!”, which lends its name to the album, “We will forget him” and “Day”, all inspired by as many intense poems by Emily Dickinson, as well as by the music of great composers I love, such as Horace Silver, Kenny Wheeler, Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Michel Legrand, while searching, by means of my voice, for an intimate and expressive world. Dickinson’s poetic style is essential; every element is elegantly chosen and functional to the overall result, rich in metaphors and capable to express the essence in few synthetic words, so that extraordinary meanings are excerpted from the most common things; thus it was a great inspiration for my music and for myself. In this album are found also some of “My favorite things”, i.e. some of the songs I like most in these years: each piece has been carefully selected in view of the sound I could obtain through my arrangements. I have written original lyrics over a beautiful instrumental piece by Chick Corea, “Windows”, and I have adapted a text by Jean Carn set to “Contemplation”, evoking and imagining an atmosphere of meditative introspection! Enjoy your listening!
Fabio Gorlier studied piano at the Musical Institute of Alba under the guidance of Valter Protto and graduated from the Conservatory of Turin. Meanwhile, he approached jazz. He attended many courses about jazz piano and joined many seminars such as the International Seminars of Siena, Arquato Jazz and Nuoro Jazz. He graduated in Performing Arts from Turin University. He has been going through a remarkable concerts activity, and despite his being into jazz, he plays classical music and modern music too. He took part in many Italians festivals such as Torino Jazz Festival, MiTo, Dolomiti Ski Jazz, Europa Cantat, Venezia Jazz Festival and performed in some important theatres such as Teatro La Fenice in Venice or Auditorium “Giovanni Agnelli” in Turin. He also performed in Scotland, Ireland, France, Turkey, Australia, Croatia, Switzerland, Austria, Ecuador and China. He played with great musicians like Billy Cobham, Diane Schuur, Andy Sheppard, Furio di Castri, Kyle Eastwood, Stefano di Battista.
Sonia Schiavone. A Turinese singer, she began her studies of classical music at the age of seven, later continuing in the field of jazz music, by following many courses and workshops with internationally famous teachers, such as Sheila Jordan, Sandy Patton, Maria Pia De Vito, Bob Stoloff, Diana Torto, Garry Dial, John Riley, Mike Abene, John Taylor, Ben Allison, Stefano Battaglia and many others. She earned a degree in Architecture at the Politecnico of Turin with the highest score and with honours, and a degree in Jazz at the Conservatory Niccolò Paganini of Genoa with a dissertation about Wayne Shorter’s music, under the supervision of Paolo Silvestri. Over the years her versatile interests have encompassed voice and vocality in the broadest possible meaning; jazz, exploring all of its styles; gospel, operatic singing, a cappella vocal music; the development of childhood musicianship; harmonic singing; extemporaneous vocal improvisation. As a professional musician, she co-operated for twenty years with numerous jazz musicians. She performed in numerous festivals and seasons with her own eponymous projects. In the last twenty years, she has also actively and passionately focused on musical education. She has been awarded numerous prizes and honours at singing competitions of jazz, pop and gospel music, both as a performer and as a songwriter, including a First Prize at the “Gospel Showcase 2002”, during the Prima Rassegna Internazionale di Gospel, Blues, Spiritual & Black Music "Gospel in Castelbrando" in Cison di Valmarino (TV), organized by Cheryl Porter; First Prize at the “Talents 2002” Competition, in the section dedicated to jazz singing, organized by the Istituto musicale di Rivoli (Turin; the Diploma of Honour at the TIM Torneo Internazionale di Musica, Moncalieri (Turin), section Jazz; in 2012 she was a finalist at the XII Concorso Internazionale “Scrivere in Jazz” in Sassari – section Singing; in 2017 she was a finalist at the "19° Biella Festival Autori e Cantautori" with her original work "In viaggio".
Stefano Profeta began his musical studies at the age of nine with classical guitar; later he studied double bass at the State Conservatory of Music in Alessandria graduating with honors in double bass jazz and in Jazz Music, Polular and Improvised Music.
After a few stays in India he began to study sitar and rhythmic forms related to tabla, then deepening his knowledge of Indian music by following the courses of the Center for Oriental and Middle Eastern Studies in Turin.
Numerous are his collaborations in the jazz field, including those with John Riley, Alberto Mandarini, Kyle Gregory, Gianluigi Trovesi, Gianni Cazzola, Sandro Gibellini, Maria Pia De Vito, Joe Magnarelli and many others.
In addition to jazz, he has often worked in studio recordings and pop music tours.
He has, to his credit, a discography of 23 Cds, including jazz, pop, classical and ethnic music productions. He has played in tours and festivals in Italy, Spain, France, Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay.
Gianni Virone (Saxophonist). He is native to Chieri (Turin, Italy). Saxophone player, arranger and composer since 2002, he worked with small groups, big bands/orchestras and recording as arranger, section player and soloist before playing his compositions with his own trio. His professional activities also include teaching saxophone, improvisation techniques, jazz harmony, composition/arranging and big band class in several schools. He graduated at “Conservatorio G.Verdi” in Turin with Furio Di Castri with the highest degree and attended several masterclasses in Italy and abroad with artists like Dave Liebman, Airto Moreira, Jerry Bergonzi, Enrico Rava, Gianluigi Trovesi, Steve Coleman, Ayn Inserto and many others. During the “Siena Jazz Summer Workshop 2002” he won the award named “Nuoro Jazz Workshop 2003”. The next year in Nuoro, he was selected to play at the “Berchidda Jazz Festival 2004”. In 2003, he also won the “Talens” competition for soloists organized by the “Istituto Musicale di Rivoli”. Thanks to them, he attended the Summer Workshop organized by the New School University of New York in Bassano Del Grappa where he was selected for a scholarship. He won the first edition of the national competition “Nuovi Talenti del Jazz Italiano” in 2004. The same year he was a finalist of the “Premio Nazionale Massimo Urbani”. As a big band composer, he was a finalist in several international contests like “Barga Jazz 2007” and “Scrivere in Jazz 2010 and 2014”. He collaborated with various big bands both as an arranger and section player (all saxes, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute) and he played also with: Paolo Fresu, Furio Di Castri, Roberto Gatto, Gianni Basso, John Riley, Fabrizio Bosso, Flavio Boltro, Javier Girotto, Rita Marcotulli, Scott Hamilton, Dusko Gojkovic, Jimmy Cobb, Philip Harper, Terrell Stanford, Eric Vloeimans, Maria Pia De Vito, Danilo Rea, Emanuele Cisi, John De Leo, Nguyèn Lè, Pietro Tonolo and many others. He is an endorser of the Italian saxophone factory Rampone & Cazzani since 2004.