Since 1992 the "Tradition in Movement" festival has been a distinguished feature in the programme of the Musicus Concentus of Florence thanks to its specialization in jazz and musical research.
For some time, the Musicus Concentus, founded in 1972, has been involved in encouraging large scale recognition of modern music, particularly jazz, while also doing its best to include all other related types of music, thus inevitably including a series of other musical languages. In this sphere the Musicus has held concerts dedicated to a wide variety of different types of music, ranging from the contemporary and classical experiences of Steve Reich and Michael Nyman to the Tarem Quartet's Russian folk music and Don Byron's musical Yiddish theatre with his "tribute" to the repertoire of Mickey Katz.
Other concerts that have made the Musicus's history over the last few years include Bill Frisell and his sound track for the films of Buster Keaton, the return of Wayne Shorter, after a long absence, the Balanescu Quartet's first tour in Italy, trumpet player Dave Douglas's Tiny Bell Trio, the President group with Wayne Horvitz at the keyboard, the Wheater Clear group, percussionist Bobby Previte's Track Fast, together with historic jazz performers like Eddie Harris, Steve Lacy, Mal Waldron, Kenny Barron and Lester Bowie and modern players like Tim Berne, Richard Galliano, John Scofield, Henry Threadgill and James Carter.
The Musicus Concentus concerts, which are now also held at Pisa, are performed in various theatres in Florence, one of the most important of these being suggestive Sala Vanni in Piazza del Carmine.


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