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Zirobop is a quartet formed in London. The band formed by Enzo Zirilli leader of the band (drums, cajon, percussion, whistle), Alessandro Chiappetta (guitar), Misha Mullov-Abbado (bass), Rob Luft (guitar) is currently active on the Italian jazz scene, performs music written by each of the band members as well as quirky and ‘broken’ arrangements of jazz standards and pieces by Italian musicians such as Pino Daniele. The quartet recently recorded its first album in Turin, and will be released later this year…
“Ziro is the nickname I singled out from the ones I have been given throughout my life, because it was coined by Dado Moroni – my human brother and brother in art – and I believe it mostly reflects my artistic soul as it blends my surname with the zero. As if it symbolises a blend of “Blues & Roots” (along the lines of Mingus) and research, unconventional, rigour, risk and provocation. Therefore, my performances carry the influencing artists I grew up with (thanks to my older brother Paolo, a musician himself) such as John Coltrane, the Beatles, Miles, Mingus, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Simon & Garfunkel, Joao Gilberto, Jobim, Frank Zappa, James Taylor. I wasn’t interested in identifying a particular style but merely spent my time at home soaking the music up. As soon as I heard Rob, Misha and Alessandro playing I was astounded by their talent and imagined myself bonding with them to create the music which I have had imagined: spiritual and at the same time groovy, with hints of Blues and to a greater extent “swinghy”, open to improvisation. It should be also romantic, but also “subversive”, “linear” but “broken”, offering this with sincerity and intensity of expression to our audience. ZiroBop is all this and I hope that you will also enjoy the journey in the complex interactions between music, brain and heart, just like the way we do.
Enzo Zirilli is considered one of the most versatile and creative Italian drummers of the last generation, having worked all around the world with great jazz.
Born in Turin 1965 he started playing drums when he was 8 years old and studied piano at G. Verdi Conservatory in Turin. He got in touch with jazz music, meeting the great tenor saxophonist Larry Nocella and many other important musicians such as Franco Cerri, Benny Bailey, Hal Stein, Gianni Basso, Flavio Boltro, Antonio Faraò. He toured with Gloria Gaynor in 1991 and lately, since 1996, he worked with the Italian pop-jazz singer Rossana Casale. At the same time he has played many important festivals, theaters and jazz clubs in Italy, Europe and around the world with great musicians like Steve Grossman, James Moody, Robert Bonisolo, Luigi Bonafede, George Garzone, Randy Brecker, Dado Moroni, Enrico Pieranunzi, Ares Tavolazzi. Franck Avitabile, Stefano Di Battista, Gary Bartz, Ira Coleman, Larry Schneider, Flavio Boltro, Salvatore Bonafede and more. In 2001 he formed Scenario, a trio with Hammond player Alberto Marsico and saxophonist Simone Santini, playing and arranging the music of the Beatles for the German label Organic Music. At the present time he collaborates with Enrico Pieranunzi in his quintet, quartet and trio, with the Dado Moroni trio and quartet with acoustic guitar players Antonio Forcione and Marco Pereira and in the project Contigo en la Distancia – Floricanto with Barbara Raimondi and Roberto Taufic.
Guitarist and composer, he started playing guitar at the age of nine. He mastered in Jazz at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Turin under the direction of Furio Di Castri. Succesively he participated at seminars from Jim Hall, Scott Henderson, Joe Diorio, Mick Goodrick e John Scofield. He collaborated with Andrea Aiace Ayassot, Enzo Zirilli, Luigi Bonafede, Andrea Allione, Ellade Bandini, Alberto Marsico, Marco Volpe, Furio Di Castri, Mario Rosini, Luca Jurman, Fabrizio Bosso, Miroslav Vitous, Paolo Porta, Gianluca Petrella, Rob Sudduth, Tineke Postma, Mauro Battisti, Gianni Virone, George Garzone, Roberto Gatto, Quentin Collins, Alex Garnett. In 2005 he participates at the Clinics of Umbria Jazz performing with guitarists Mark White and Jim Kelly. During this manifestation he is selected from several participants winning a grant at the Berklee College of Boston. In 2009 he wins the first prize at the Moncalieri Jazz Fest contest as the best musician and composer. In 2010 he relased his first album with Jazz Philology records entitled Corner Shop. Recently he released a new CD, with the same Philology, entitled Four Now: Sudduth-Marsico-Chiappetta-Minetto. He also worked as a professor at the Arte & Musica di Nichelino; Alto Perfezionamento di Saluzzo; Centro Didattico Musicale di Moncalieri; Il Musicatorio di Torino; Associazione Nicolò Paganini di Revello.
He is the winner of the 2014 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, Misha Mullov-Abbado is an in-demand bass player, composer and arranger based in London. He is a 2014 City of Music Foundation Artist and recently released his debut album New Ansonia consisting of all his own compositions performed by his quintet on Edition Records, which has been selected in The Telegraph’s “Best Jazz Albums 2015”. As an experienced band-leader but also a versatile sideman Misha has performed at many of London’s top venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Vortex, 606 Club, Pizza Express and Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room (as part of the BBC Proms Late series), as well as venues in the rest of the UK and Europe. Having won the 2014 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition Misha is an experienced composer and writes for a variety of jazz groups including the quintet, as well as various classical soloists and ensembles, and is influenced by a variety of jazz, classical and pop music. After graduating from Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, where he studied music and composition with Robin Holloway and Jeremy Thurlow, Misha received a scholarship to study double bass at the Royal Academy of Music on the prestigious Masters jazz course with Jasper Høiby, Tom Herbert, Michael Janisch and Jeremy Brown. During his final year at the Academy Misha started his quintet and has been performing with it regularly since, with all concerts being very well received, and winning the Kenny Wheeler Prize in his final term has led him to record his debut album. As well as gigging regularly on the double bass Misha is also an experienced horn player and has played in many ensembles as a student, performing works such as Schumann’s Konzertstück, Britten’s Serenade and Bach’s Mass in B minor on the natural horn. Since leaving the Academy Misha has been performing with a variety of musicians such as Stan Sulzmann and Enzo Zirilli – the latter he plays with regularly in his quartet Zirobop, a band that Misha also plays horn in. He also co-runs the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, an exciting new big band in London that plays original compositions written by members of the band, and plays as a sideman in various projects such as the Tom Green Septet, Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic, the Tom Millar Quartet and the Liam Dunachie Quartet. Misha has had his compositions performed by London-based groups such as The Hermes Experiment and Sinfonia D’Amici, in venues such as King’s Place, the Royal Ballet School and recently the Royal Albert Hall. He also had his Clarinet Concerto premiered in Cambridge by Joseph Shiner.
At just 21 years of age, Rob Luft is one of the UK’s most prominent and talented young contemporary jazz guitarists. Praised by The Times for a run of recent performances at Ronnie Scott’s, Rob has been tipped ‘to achieve great things in the future’. Concert highlights include a performance at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 2012 BBC Proms, a 2014 London Jazz Festival performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as various performances with artists including Gregory Porter, Hamish Stuart, Liane Carroll, Stan Sulzmann & The Gareth Lockrane Big Band. Rob is also the co-founder of alt-rock band ‘Ink Line’ alongside bassist Tom McCredie & drummer Corrie Dick, and as well as this he is the guitarist for San Franciscan neo-soul singer Tara Priya. With these two projects he has performed at venues including The Old Blue Last, Birthdays, The Lexington & Power Lunches. He is a member of The Patrick Hayes Electric Ensemble, a jazz-fusion group with whom he has released one album, Back To The Grove (2015). Finally, he is a part of Italian maestro Enzo Zirilli’s quartet Zirobop, who released their debut album in Summer 2015 to high praise from both the critics and musicians, including the great American jazz pianist Larry Goldings.