MITJAZZ – Piani Diversi. Carlo Balzaretti & Enrico Intra con Maurizio Franco

Organised by the Cultural Association Musica Oggi, in collaboration with the Piccolo Teatro, and twinned with JAZZMI, the 5th edition of MITJAZZ is set out over three events based on original projects. This year, the first two concerts will be picking up on part of the programme for “Orchestra Senza Confini”, which was suspended after the first event due to the COVID emergency.
The festival begins with Il Jazz è Donna, a view of the Italian female jazz scene, followed by a tribute to George Gruntz and Franco Ambrosetti with a review of their significant discography from the 1980s, Tentets. Lastly, the progect Piani Diversi, involving a master of classic piano, Carlo Balzaretti, a jazz great, Enrico Intra, and a musicologist, Maurizio Franco, in a singular and commented conversation between classic works and improvisation.

The 5th edition of MITJAZZ concludes with the project Piani Diversi, “a musical conversation between jazz and classical music” presenting a great pianist from the academic world, Carlo Balzarelli, together with a famous figure from European jazz, Enrico Intra, in a very special concert in which a musicologist of wide-ranging interests, Maurizio Franco, serves as moderator and conductor.
The dialogue will develop through short pieces, played in alternation with the improvisation that the jazz pianist (unaware of the repertoire) will create on the basis of each of the musical numbers, all of which will be commented on. The project, first performed by the musicians from Gioventù Musicale of Modena fifteen years ago, has been proposed in a wide range of Italian venues, and has always been highly appreciated by audiences. But the originality of Piani Diversi resides not only in the creating of a dialogue between a classical and a jazz pianist, but also in the way that the conversation is proposed. It is not a case of confronting the quality of the two artists, but to create a much more subtle artistic, cultural and educational operation.  The presence of a musicologist who will be conducting the entire event and interacting with the two artists, commenting directly on the type of improvisation and explaining the reasons and the characteristics of the academic numbers, contributes to the circular nature of the event, and to the “trio” aspect of the project. The only indication provided for the evening’s programme is that on this occasion, the repertoire will be chosen from a range of composers who have looked to the world of jazz or who, in some way, have been a point of reference for jazz musicians.


Piccolo Teatro Strehler
Monday 2 November 2020, 9 p.m.
Piani Diversi
Carlo Balzaretti & Enrico Intra with Maurizio Franco

a meeting of dialects from the most important pages of “written” music and jazz improvisation
Enrico Intra (piano)
Carlo Balzaretti (piano)
Maurizio Franco (conductor and  commentator)

Single seat: full price € 20, reduced price € 15

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