FRANCESCA GAZA

MUSIC

LILAC FOR PEOPLE

Lilac for People is the project and debut album of singer and composer Francesca Gaza, who has led the modern ensemble consisting of eight musicians, jazz-rooted but nourished by pop and electronic influences in creating an original and dreamlike chamber jazz-pop since 2017. Her compositions embody a rich sonorous journey in which Francesca’s vocal narration is supported by a versatile and enigmatic group, where the acoustic nature of the brass winds, the string sounds and the drum skins are subtly manipulated by using electronics. The muses that inspired this concept are female figures with a proud crossover character, who escape categorization but embrace an allround pop understanding, both respecting the past and exploring enthusiastically the new.
The first album of the band was released in 2019 by Auand Records and positively reviewed by critics, such as Downbeat Magazine, All About Jazz, Musikansich, Billboard a.o. and has won the 1st prize of the national composing competition by MIDJ (Italian Jazz Musicians Association), as well as the 1st prize of Paolo Fresu’s JazzAlguer. The listener is taken by the hand and led into an imaginary garden where, through the music, the passage of time and its impact on nature can be experienced song after song, season after season.

Born in 2017, the project has been touring throughout Europe’s most important festivals and clubs (Stresa Festival, Valbadia Festival, PärkliJam Festival, Unesco Day Festival, Musicus Concentus, Genius Loci, L’Aquila Jazz, Import Export Munich and more).
Lilac for People is one of Francesca’s main projects and she is working with her ensemble on the second album which will be released in 2022.

Personnel:

Francesca Gaza
vocals, composition, arrangement

Jacopo Fagioli
trumpet, flügelhorn

Francesco Panconesi
tenor sax

Federico D’Angelo
baritone sax, bass clarinet

Lorenzo Pellegrini
guitar, vocals

Luca Sguera
piano, prophet, keys, electronics

Alessandro Mazzieri
electric bass, electronics

Mattia Galeotti
drums

Paolo Fresu:
«Francesca Gaza’s new work Lilac for People is true poetry and carries with it an original sound as a result of the work she has been doing with her ensemble. It is almost a collective. A wide ensemble that crafts music through a shared breath, capable of seamlessly combining acoustic and electric sounds with boldness and an expert hand. Between Strange Poet and I Get Along Without You Very Well there is a world of passion and feeling that makes Lilac for People one of the most beautiful albums of this time. The JazzAlguer Mediterrani contest is proud to have contributed to the emergence of such an extraordinary project.»

Lilac for People was produced by Andrea Lombardini, recorded and mastered by Federico Pelle and Simone Cattelan at Basement Studio Vicenza and mixed by Antonio Nappo at Q Recording Studio Milan in June 2018.

KUGELFÖRMIGKEIT

Kugelförmigkeit fuses ten instruments from Renaissance, Baroque, jazz and modernity into a coherent genre-defiant musical language. The unusual configuration of instruments is tailored into an imaginary spherical ball of time where present, past and future are interchangeable. Composer and singer Francesca Gaza invites the listener to set himself up in the unstable sensation of fluidity within the world created by the ensemble, which showcases a brotherly relationship between apparently distant principles, reflecting a sort of counterpoint between a modernist distrust due to the realization of the passing of time and a romantic comfort-seeking wish for unity. 

From influences of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets to Carlo Gesualdo’s Miserere melody and 14th century Orlando Di Lasso’s Bicinium structures, the project will invite the listener in a new world of sound and is due 25th of June on Whales Records. Open pre-order now on: https://francescagaza.bandcamp.com

COLLABORATIONS

> KATOM

Katom is a band of five eclectic musicians coming from Catalonia, Chile, Italy, Israel and South Africa who are based in Basel, Switzerland. Their music creates intense walls of sound through ambient textures that combine improvised jazz with through-composed folky song cycles and forge a dynamic resonance with the listeners by inviting them in uncharted territories of timbre and harmony.
Voice and trumpet are used as both instrumental textures and prominent centrepieces that float between consonant melodies and forced dissonances – drums and bass anchor the elegantly provided ethereal guitar lines which intertwine and tailor diverse sound layers. The typical roles of each instrument are abandoned with eagerness, leaving space for a surprising musical direction in constant evolution.
After their EP Release in 2020, the band is working on their next album recording, planned to be published in 2022.

Katom is:

James McClure (ZAF) trumpet
Francesca Gaza (IT/DE) vocals
Martin Theurillat (CHL) guitar
Nadav Erlich (IS) double bass
Jordi Pallarès (ES) drums