Duo Magrini al multiverso Festival Spoleto con “Good morning heartache”

Duo Magrini al multiverso Festival Spoleto con "Good morning heartache"

Duo Magrini al multiverso Festival Spoleto con “Good morning heartache”. Dopo la mostra ed il concerto celebrativo per il centenario dalla nascita di Irene Higginbotham presso la Music Farm di Perugia, il progetto “Good Morning Heartache: Song, blues ed inediti” approda al Multiverso Festival dell’Associazione Culturale Aurora di Spoleto.

L’appuntamento musicale, promosso in collaborazione con Tolentino Jazz, vedrà di scena, domenica 1 luglio alle ore 21 presso la Libreria Aurora la cantante Claudia Aliotta, accompagnata per questa speciale occasione da Manuel Magrini, uno dei più brillanti pianisti jazz in circolazione, vincitore della scorsa edizione del Premio Luttazzi.

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Il duo proporrà un percorso monografico dedicato ad Irene Higginbotham, prolifica compositrice jazz attiva sulla scena musicale di New York negli anni Quaranta e sino ai primi anni Cinquanta scrivendo sia brani vocali che strumentali che furono incisi da personaggi del calibro di Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Anita O’Day, Coleman Hawkins, Fatz Waller e Cab Calloway.

La biografia
Higginbotham was born on june 11, 1918, in worcester, massachusetts. While her closest connection in the popular music of the 1930s and 1940s was billie holiday, the prolific songwriter was niece of the classic african american jazz trombonist j. C. Higginbotham. She was a music student of choral conductor kemper harold of morehouse college fame and frederic hall. She was also a concert pianist at age fifteen and joined american society of composers, authors and publishers (ascap) in 1944 when she was around the age of 26. She was a composer of nearly 50 published songs. However, as an african american woman who worked as a composer on tin pan alley during a period when composers there were overwhelmingly white and male, has made some scholars and musicologists speculate that higginbotham might have composed many more songs that were never published and/or where she was never given a credit as a composer or co-composer. It is known that she, like a few other composers, used a pseudonym, in her case “glenn gibson”, in what was probably an effort to conceal the fact that she was female, and an african american female at that. While higginbotham remains one of the least well-known or heralded songwriters, her large contributions to jazz and popular song are undeniable. Higginbotham died on august 27, 1988, in new york city.

Il progetto scaturisce da anni di ricerche condotte dalla cantante che hanno portato al recupero di decine di incisioni e rari spartiti d’epoca; in questo concerto saranno presentati tre inediti: I’ve Got to Change my Ways, scritta con Nat King Cole, Love is a Frustated Thing e It Must Be You. Il Multiverso Festival di Spoleto, inaugurato il 29 giugno, si svolgerà sino al 6 luglio con un cartellone ricco di iniziative a carattere musicale e letterario, in concomitanza con il noto Festival dei Due Mondi.

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