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Washington D.C. June 19, 2018

During three special evenings organized by the Embassy of Italy in Washington in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, the Fabrizio Bosso Quartet offered a cross-section of the Italian musical excellence for the first time in the nation’s Capital. Last night the Quartet performed at Villa Firenze, the Residence of the Italian Ambassador, at the presence of Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Supreme Justice, Samuel Alito, and Counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, a direct testimony of the excellent relations between Italy and the United States and the strong American interest in Italian art and culture. The Quartet also played on June 18, at the Embassy in front of about 300 guests, and on June 17 at “The Wharf” on the Potomac River in the context of the 13th edition of the DC Jazz Festival.

At the Residence, the Ambassador of Italy, Armando Varricchio, underlined how jazz represented and continues to represent a powerful form of dialogue, exchange and cultural enrichment between Italy and the United States, recalling the early jazz experiences of Nick La Rocca in New Orleans and the historical performances of American musicians in Italy.

The Fabrizio Bosso Quartet (Fabrizio Bosso – trumpet, Julian Oliver Mazzariello – piano, Jacopo Ferrazza – double bass, Nicola Angelucci – drums) who recently released a new double album “State of the Art”, recorded live during their tour in Rome, Tokyo and Verona, follows this tradition with talent, innovation and creativity.

The concerts are part of Fabrizio Bosso Quartet’s first tour in the US that started in Chicago (June 13) and will end in New York (June 20). They also fall in the context of the Music Festival 2018, an initiative supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, aiming to promote and celebrate music in all its genres. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation also partakes in the initiative, through its diplomatic-consular missions and the Italian Cultural Institutes.

The performance at the Embassy was broadcasted live by WPFW Radio, Washington’s famous jazz radio station.