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Show of Patrizio and Stefano Fariselli

Fortezza Vecchia
Free event

The acoustic tour of Patrizio & Stefano Fariselli is part of the celebration events of the 50th ARBEIT MACHT FREI, which has seen him, since the beginning, build the complex machinery of AREA and be the composer of all the music.

The Area, International Popular Group, founded by Demetrio Stratos, Giulio Capiozzo, Eddy Busnello, Patrizio Fariselli, Paolo Tofani and Patrick Djivas, created and played these complex and suggestive pieces from 1972 until early 1974. Subsequently, with the departure of Busnello and Djivas from the group and the entry of Ares Tavolazzi, they dedicated themselves to the new material of ‘Caution Radiation Area’ abandoning the previous repertoire and in part the “sound” of the early days.

To this day, among the tracks of ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’, only ‘July, August, September (black)’ has continued to be performed live by the Area Open Project, as well as being the subject of covers and rearrangements by numerous other musicians. No one, for over 40 years, has had the opportunity to hear the other tracks of the album such as ‘Consapevolezza’, ‘240 Km da Smirne’, ‘Le labbra del tempo’, ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ and ‘The collapse of the Zeppelin’ in concert.

Together with the group, still active as Area Open Project, Patrizio Fariselli has devoted himself to music for cinema, including animation, theater, continuing his musical research, starting from ancient music to contemporary music with the use of electronics, in addition to an increasingly refined study of the piano.

Improvisation has always been a characteristic element of the composer.
In his solo repertoire, therefore, you can listen to the great successes of AREA reworked with variations for solo piano, some unpublished pieces written over the years, and some experiments in radical improvisation.

Patrizio Fariselli, piano and synth

Stefano Fariselli, tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, bass clarinet, and EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument)

Patrizio and Stefano Fariselli were born into a family of musicians. Their grandfather Adamo Fariselli was a clarinetist; their father Terzo Fariselli was a composer, trombonist, and double bassist, from 1952 to 1959 he was a member of the Henghel Gualdi orchestra and from 1960 he led the Orchestra Fariselli; their uncle Armando Fariselli was a skilled violinist and their sister Loretta Fariselli was a dancer of rare talent.

Both brothers studied at the conservatory in Pesaro, Patrizio studied piano and Stefano studied flute.

In 1972, at the age of twenty-one, the eldest son Patrizio was one of the founders of Area, one of the most important groups in the Italian music scene. He was the only member to be present in all the band’s works. With Area, he performed for about a decade in countless concerts in Italy and, due to the group’s political commitment, only occasionally abroad: in France, in Portugal, and in 1978 in Cuba, at the Festival Mondiale della Gioventù.

Almost seven years younger, Stefano approached jazz at a young age. At the age of 26, he left for New York where he participated in various jam sessions, met and studied with George Coleman and Pharoah Sanders. At 27, he moved to Milan, where he worked as a session musician in recording studios, played in Milanese jazz clubs, and collaborated with musicians such as Walter Calloni, Stefano Cerri, Paolo Ghetti, and Massimo Manzi. During the same period, he formed two quartets, “Four for Fusion” and “Quadricheco.” In 1991, together with G. Mattei, C. Fabbri, and F. Petretti, he created the saxophone quartet Ti Sha Man Nah, which won first place in the “Barga Jazz,” “Summertime in Jazz” in Prato, and “Music Inn” in Rome competitions.

Besides his teaching and concert activities, since 1995, Stefano has developed the multimedia method Metodo in Musica collaborating with saxophone, clarinet, and flute teachers from the major Italian, German, and Spanish conservatories.

Since the nineties, Patrizio has dedicated himself to music for cinema, theater, dance, and television, composing soundtracks for numerous films and shows, and releasing about ten albums under his name. In 2016, he formed the group Area Open Project, with which he also held an important concert in Tokyo in 2019, later released in Italy and Japan under the title Live in Japan.

Over the years, the two brothers have played together many times in a jazz setting or with the Area Open Project, but the duo project is a completely new venture.

In 2024, they propose two types of shows:

Acoustic concert

Piano, soprano sax, and flute

Intimate and crystalline sounds allow the brothers to delve deeply into compositions and express their improvisational skills.

Electroacoustic concert

Piano, synthesizers, soprano sax, flute, EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), and bass clarinet.

Using both acoustic and electronic sounds, Patrizio and Stefano Fariselli will propose original compositions, pieces from the Area repertoire, and revisit some works by dear authors such as Joseph Zawinul, Frank Zappa, Wayne Shorter.