The ancient organ of Lallio resounds with jazz notes

How does a small town of 4,000 inhabitants in a Bergamo valley become a point of reference for music lovers? Everything stems from an organ located in the parish church of Lallio (Bergamo): not just any organ but a Bossi Urbani, built in 1889 by one of the greatest Italian organ builders. After the restoration it was intended to be used only during liturgical functions and then Alessandro Bottelli, an expert in Bergamo music but very close to Lallio, the native town of his family, proposed to the parish priest to give life to a review in which the organ became protagonist, from the titleo Organ box, Sounds and author words, now in its eighth edition. «Box, because new seoprese always come out of a box», explains Bottelli. “In fact we have decided to combine the sound of the organ with jazz sounds, involving from time to time renowned musicians of the national scene with instruments such as the saxophone, the bass clarinet, the accordion, the Celtic harp and this year the mandolin with Dorina Frati, mandolinist of La Scala. And then we have always looked at the contemporary, with original mixes with the musical world of today. Finally, for each edition we have invited Italian writers to write organ-inspired stories. Tiziano Scarpa, Maurizio De Giovanni, Carlo Lucarelli, Andrea Vitali, Laura Pariani have donated their works to us … The stories are the subject of readings lasting ten minutes which act as an interval between one performance and another ». All this was possible thanks to private sponsors and various sponsorships such as that of the Christian Family. The public is always large and also comes from Lombard cities such as Milan, Brescia, Cremona. The Box Organi concert review. Sounds and words of the author shines the spotlight this year on “The Story, the Stories”. A rather particular theme, which wants to investigate how the great history but also the small history of the personal lives of the composers may have determined the birth of musical pages for the keyboard. Just think of the Bloody Days of March, an organ piece written by Father Davide da Bergamo and inspired by the Milanese Risorgimento well-nights or the Capriccio over the distance of his beloved brother, in which Johann Sebastian Bach describes the painful separation from his beloved brother. , complete with a call from the postillion’s handset. Or perhaps the genre of the Battle, which was so successful among composers who lived between the end of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. On 24 September, he will instead face the creations of Poglietti, Bossi, Ballico, Clark and again Father Davide da Bergamo, interspersed with the impromptu reworkings of Dorina Frati’s mandolin. On 29 September, an extraordinary event of the festival, with the alpine choir Grigna of the ANA of Lecco and improvisations on the organ by Fausto Caporali and on the accordion by Nadio Marenco. Double appointment on Saturday 1 October with Fabio Bonizzoni, considered one of the main keyboard interpreters of his generation, in the double role of harpsichordist (5 pm, ancient church of San Bernardino) and organist (9 pm, archpresbyteral church), with authors ranging from Froberger to Kuhnau and from Sweelinck to Balbastre. Federico Calcagno, will intervene with the jazz notes of his bass clarinet to update the ancient melodies just heard from the organ’s voice. The review, which combines classical music, jazz inserts and literature, will also give space to three first absolute performances, designed for the Bossi Urbani 1889 organ and commissioned to Giorgio Colombo Taccani, Alberto Cara and Valentino Donella. And ai three unpublished stories on organ subjects signed by Aldo Nove, Laura Bosio and Giorgio Fontana, entrusted to the reading of the actress Matilde Facheris. As a corollary to the poster, iThe concert-show for children The brilliant builder. Face to face with Adeodato Bossi Urbani (Sunday 9 October, 3 and 4.15 pm, archpresbyteral church), centered on some biographical information of the famous organ builder from Bergamo, also the creator of Lallio’s instrument. The initiative has the media partner of Corriere della Sera, Avvenire, Famiglia Cristiana, the website of the Diocese of Bergamo and the specialized magazine Jazzit. Free and free admission to all concerts. For info: 388 58 63 106

The ancient organ of Lallio resounds with jazz notes