July 11, 2019

Giovanni Hoffer and Alessandro Altarocca

Jazz French Horn and Piano

Performing I Loves You Porgy: a duet from the opera Porgy and Bess, Hoffner and Altarocca present a fascinating journey between jazz and classical music: Gershwin, Fauré, Milhaud, and Weill.

Giovanni Hoffer (French horn)
Giovanni Hoffer ranks as one of the best and innovative horn players on the Italian music scene, easily approaching a wide variety of musical languages, from the classical repertoire (working with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Baremboim and Georges Pretre) to the jazz one, being regularly invited to “Umbria Jazz” “Roma Jazz Festival” and “Ancona Jazz” in collaborations with artists such as Quincy Jones Wayne Shorter, Paolo Fresu, Kenny Wheeler, Francesco Cafiso, Ethan Iverson, and Xavier Girotto. Extremely appreciated also as French horn teacher, Giovanni regularly holds masterclasses in all Europe both for the classical and the jazz rep. He recently released two new albums: “Echi” for Jazz Horn and String quintet, and “I Loves you Porgy” in duo with pianist  Alessandro Altarocca.

Alessandro Altarocca (piano)
After the classical studies, Alessandro Altarocca began his career as a jazz pianist, studying with Franco D’Andrea, Paolo Birro, Stefano Battaglia and John Taylor. He then also takes double bass lessons with Attilio Zanchi and Paolo Ghetti. Winner of the Monte Carlo International Competition for Jazz Soloists(2009), Alessandro Altarocca regularly performs in prestigious jazz festivals, collaborating with outstanding artists such as Frank Gambale, Javier Girotto, Franco Cerri, Fabrizio Bosso, Flavio Boltro, Gary Novak, Lenny White. He has recorded over 30 albums with pop, jazz and fusion labels. Since 1991 he teaches at the Ravenna’s A.M.R., Italian branch of the Europe Jazz Network and has been piano and keyboard professor at the MusicAcademy 2000 in Bologna and at the Professional Music Institute in Reggio Emilia.

 

About This Event:

Date:   July 11, 2019

Time:   7:00 p.m.

Price:   Free

Location:   Sant'Andrea Church