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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