Our Portraits

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I have always thought that a musician in himself does not exist, but rather is part of something that runs through him, that runs through the music itself.

Our Portraits | Nicola Di Tommaso 4et With the songs on this record, I wanted to trace my personal history represented by an open frame, a sign of the constant transformations and endless possibilities that characterize jazz and life itself.

The music I have heard and known to date is a fundamental part of this open line I have drawn.

Nicola di Tommaso

Began guitar study at an early age. He earned his diploma in theory and solfeggio at the “Alfredo Casella” Conservatory of L’Aquila and obtained his lower compimento in classical guitar at the “Giulio Briccialdi” Conservatory of Terni, under the guidance of Maestro Stefano Mastruzzi and Leonardo Gallucci.

Going through various rock experiences, he became interested in jazz, which became his main study. He studied with Nicola Cordisco at “Thelonius Monk” in Campobasso, at “Saint Louis” in Rome first with Eddy Palermo, then with Dario La penna.

He perfected his studies with maestro Umberto Fiorentino at the Licino Refice Conservatory in Frosinone, earning a bachelor’s degree in Jazz. He has performed as a leader with his quartet and with different ensembles, within Italian and international festivals and reviews. (Official website)

Our Portraits | Nicola Di Tommaso 4et

  • Nicola amazes with great consistency and jazz awareness, but with original compositions that, leaving great room but innovation and stylistic contamination, are rooted in the strength and stability of great jazz.

The musicians are among the leading names of the new Roman scene, but distinguished by style, technical ability and originality. The sound of the quartet, which has been active since 2008, is characterized by the strong interaction between guitar and sax.

Daniele Tittarelli’s alto saxophone ties in perfectly with the musical idea, developing the thematic material but with counterpoints and melodic interlocks.

Enrico Morello’s drums and Francesco Galatro’s double bass create a solid and powerful rhythm section. Aware of tradition, he bases his playing on modern polyrhythms.

Stylistically, the quartet’s music approaches contemporary American jazz and, without forgetting its origins, fits into the groove of its most recent transformations, adding a European breath.

In the songs there is an alternation of thematic lyricism and more complex atmospheres, in which various musical styles coexist. Improvisation, nurtured by the skillful interplay among the musicians, remains the defining and predominant element, complementing the group’s sound.

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