PHOTOS: Enzo Zirilli's Italian Songbook with Jason Rebello and Dario di Lecce at the Italian Cultural Institute in London

Enzo Zirilli
Photo credit Kat Pfeiffer

Sebastian writes:

Congratulations to producer Kat Pfeiffer (who also took these photographs) and instigator Enzo Zirilli for getting this event on 25 January 2018 off the ground. There is a whole Italian songbook representing the period from the 1950s onwards, and in the right circumstances it doesn't take much to get London's Italian community singing along with it, which - I am told they were doing lustily and rather beautifully by the end of the second set (lists below.) What I heard was the first half, in which Zirilli explained how deeply these songs have affected him throughout his life.

Musically there was much in this delicate and highly melodic repertoire to grab the attention, but what took the breath away was to hear Jason Rebello's wonderful way with the Fazioli piano which I am told is a relatively recent arrival at the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrave Square, in London. It has an incredibly fine range of dynamic, and Rebello's light touch in the early songs. Special.

Enzo Zirilli, Dario di Lecce and Jason Rebello
Photo credit Kat Pfeiffer


Dario di Lecce and Jason Rebello
Photo credit Kat Pfeiffer

SET LISTS


Un giorno dopo l'altro (Tenco)
Le tue mani (P.Spotti)
4/3/43 (Dalla)
Chi tene 'o mare (P.Daniele)
Morricone' medley (Poverty/Deborah's theme)
Roma nun fa la stupida stasera

E la chiamano estate (B. Martino/F.Califano)
Tu che m'hai preso il cuor
Senza fine (G.Paoli)
E penso a te (Battisti/Mogol)
Amarcord (N.Rota)
Nel blu dipinto di blu (D.Modugno)
Azzurro (P.Conte)

Enzo Zirilli, Dario di Lecce and Jason Rebello
Photo credit Kat Pfeiffer

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