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Omri Abramov (sax), Tal Arditi (g), Andrea Beccaro (dr),
Francesco Beccaro (b)
Contemporary Electric Jazz
Francesco Beccaro, Upward
Francesco Beccaro debuts as a leader on Auand Records
A wise work that balances personal roots and cosmopolitanism. After a decade of on-stage and recording activity in New York, while also teaching at the Collective School of Music, and having just set up home in Berlin, Italian bass player Francesco Beccaro has recently finalized “Upward” – his debut album as a leader, out in stores and also on BandCamp on Friday, May 21st – in his hometown Biella, Italy. He joins forces with Omri Abramov (sax), Tal Arditi (guitar) – both Israeli-born, Berlin-based musicians, and his brother Andrea Beccaro (drums). Another relative also pops up: their father Bruno Beccaro is the painter behind the CD cover art. While the entire album will be available in May, seven singles are set to be out earlier on all major streaming platforms – the first one will be out on Friday, April 23rd, and the other six will follow every other week, until July 16th. Highly energetic, intense, and improvisation-heavy, “Upward” relies on layered structures. It’s a sort of fusion music favoring a raw yet evocative sound that reminds of Metheny, Zawinul, Mehldau, Scofield, as well as of pop-rock, Bowie, Prince, Radiohead, and D’Angelo.
«I met Omri – Beccaro recalls – when I landed in Berlin, and we immediately bonded. He’s a great musician with a 360-degree perspective. And I met Tal even earlier, before officially moving to Berlin, while I was still trying to get a sense of the city. His approach struck a chord. He was willing to play and experiment new things. He’s such a pure talent that it would be a shame to let him go. My brother Andrea was a predictable choice. I grew up with him, musically speaking. He can read my mind. That’s why he is also a co-producer: we made every choice together. And we shared so much! We toured 3 continents in different scenarios ranging from 30 to 30 thousand people, and recorded on stage and in studio. We know each other so well that playing together comes naturally.»Composed over several years, most of the tracks date back to Beccaro New York years, others were penned in Berlin and Italy. They show a sense of cinematic storytelling, partly revealing his background as a composer for dance performances and documentaries.
«My idea of music – he says – is quite simple: trying to convey something to the listener. This album draws heavily from daily life, including all political and social matters that shape its quality. Each track tries to send a clear message and aims at involving the listener in an emotional journey. I believe you can sense moments of rebellion, melancholy, positivity, or just an easy grooving-along feeling. I wrote “Via Vespucci” when walking back home on Graham Avenue in Brooklyn, along those two blocks called, you guessed it, Via Vespucci. I was lost in my thoughts, while the sunset over the buildings and the streets made me feel a sense of adventure, as if I were a cowboy discovering new frontiers. “Territorio Barbaro” was written when I got back to Italy, with that melancholy of leaving friendships built over a decade. “No Breakfast Blues” is exactly what it seems: a tune written as soon as I woke up, before breakfast, and there’s nothing like the early morning blues! “Rocky” poured spontaneously when Trump won, and I believe my feelings are quite clear in that track.»
Francesco Beccaro is a Berlin–based bass player and composer. Francesco graduated form the Collective School of Music in New York and is one of the featured soloists in Victor Wooten’s instructional DVD entitled „Groove Workshop.” His keen musical sensitivity allowed him to work in a huge variety of musical styles, while touring in four different continents. That led him to perform with such diverse artists as: Savion Glover, Jimmy Cobb, Oz Noy, Ed Palermo Big Band, Sean Wayland, Screaming Headless Torsos and Monifah, to name just a few. Francesco is part of rock/blues icon Popa Chubby’s Band, with whom he has been recording and touring all over the world since 2013. His psychedelic rock band Play By Fear first record “First of First” (with Hernan Romero) has been nominated at the first-round for the 2021 Grammy Awards as Best Rock Album. As a composer, he scored music for documentaries, dance films and shows, and short movies.
Omri Abramov is an Israeli Saxophone, EWI player and producer. Graduate of ICM (Israeli Conservatory of Music) in jazz performance and winner of the IACF scholarship for years 2007-2011 with excellency, Omri received an ‘Outstanding Musician’ status by the IDF which allowed him to maintain his music career throughout his military service. He had collaborated on stage and recordings with Idan Raichel, Odean Pope, Noa, Ester Rada, Pete Lockett, Roland Guerin, Shai Maestro, Per Mathisen, Project RnL and more. Aside from his work as a sideman, Omri is the saxophone player and musical producer of the Iranian – Israeli group Sistanagila, and co-leader of the jazz-fusion band ‘Niogi’. His new NYC trio ‘Hovercraft’ is about to release their first EP in 2020. Omri is currently based in Berlin, Germany and is frequently touring Europe, USA and Israel with various jazz, avant-garde and electronic-music acts.
Tal Arditi is a Guitarist and composer from Israel. Recognised as a young guitar prodigy , Tal started to study in the prestige ”Jazz institute” program, by ”Rimon Music University” when he was only 16. In the age of 18, he graduated from ”Rimon” successfully with a Jazz Diploma, and decided to move to Berlin. In Berlin he quickly became one of the most wanted players in the local and international Jazz scene, and started to play regularly in clubs and festivals all over Europe. In 2018, Tal recorded his debut album ”Portrait”, live at ”A-Trane” jazz club, released by Encore Label. His second solo effort “Colors” will be released in September 2020 by Berhold Records.
Andrea Beccaro is a drummer and educator from Italy. Born in Biella, Italy, Andrea graduated (Vocational Diploma with Honors) from Musicians Institute, Los Angeles. He won the following prizes: Percfest per Percussionisti Creativi, Aosta Classica, Homage to Demetrio Stratos, Premio Bindi, finals at Premio Tenco. In the last years, Andrea toured – from Honduras to Siberia – with diverse artists such as New York bluesman Popa Chubby, violinist/composer Anais Drago, pianist Andrea Manzoni, pianist/composer Natalya Skvortsova, singer Kalil Wilson and the experimental duo Le Lavatrici Rosse. From 2009 he works as an artist, clinician, programmer and videomaker for Yamaha drums. For ten years he wrote equipment reviews for italian magazine Strumenti Musicali.