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 MARCO PIGNATARO

 The Poetry of Music 

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MARCO PIGNATARO

“Mr. Pignataro is one of the most dedicated, passionate and well respected  internationally known saxophonists, composers and educators today” Joe Lovano

I think it is time to acknowledge that Marco’s music has reached the level of his heart”. Kenny Werner


Performing & teaching internationally at a variety of venues, programs and festivals, Marco Pignataro has been earning the admiration and affection of fans, colleagues and students for over two decades. Together with the legendary pianist Danilo Perez, Marco co-directs the progressive Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music in Boston since 2009.

 

(Photos by Carlos Agrazal & Maria Contreras)

“Dream Alliance” feat. Kenny Werner & Marco Pignataro presents "Awakening". (Full Concert)
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Marco Pignataro Music

“Dream Alliance” feat. Kenny Werner & Marco Pignataro presents "Awakening". (Full Concert)

GBH Music and JazzBoston present JazzNOW "Awakening": an evening featuring renowned American jazz pianist Kenny Werner and Italian saxophonist Marco Pignataro as they collaborate in their new project “Dream Alliance,” which includes vocalist/guitarist Nadia Washington, and Devon Gates on double bass and voice. “Dream Alliance” aims to promote and inspire intergenerational dialogues through music and art, blending jazz, vocal music and poetry as a cultural message for restoration, hope and collective dreams. All poems and concert script written by Marco Pignataro The “Dream Alliance” ensemble includes: Kenny Werner is an award-winning pianist, composer and Grammy-nominated artist. Werner has released more than 30 CDs as a leader and has composed for many major jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras worldwide. His album of original compositions called No Beginning No End—a meditation on loss, death and renewal—resulted in his being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010. For more information, visit kennywerner.com. Marco Pignataro is a multitalented Italian saxophone player, composer, and educator. Together with Danilo Perez, Marco currently leads the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), the world premiere jazz center of musical creativity at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has shared stages with artists such as Eddie Gomez, Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Pérez, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Rufus Reid, Adam Cruz, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Street, Brian Lynch, Billy Drummond, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Clark Terry, and Jon Faddis, among others. Pignataro’s latest virtual project, called “Passione-Canto Italiano,” was recorded in December 2020 at the GBH Studios in Boston with John Patitucci, Alan Pasqua, Adam Cruz and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Marco Pignataro is a D'addario Woodwind Recording Artist and Endorser for Mauriat & Lupifaro Saxophones.More information, visit marcopignataro.com. Nadia Washington is a songwriter, producer, educator and vocalist. Her music—a blend of jazz, soul, R&B and world music—has been performed in Russia, Eastern Europe, South America and Africa. She is a faculty member in the Ear Training and Voice Department at Berklee College of Music and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Devon Gates is a bassist and vocalist. She released the album Playing the Music of Roy Hargrove in 2019 and is pursuing a dual degree with Harvard University and Berklee College of Music. Gates performs and arranges for the Harvard Opportunes a capella ensemble. She recently composed an original work for the Harvard Choruses and will be featured in Berklee Press’s New Standards book of compositions by 101 female jazz composers, curated by Terri Lyne Carrington. Eric Jackson, host of GBH’s Eric in the Evening, will be the event moderator and will host a conversation with the musicians following the 8pm performance. The free tickets for JazzNOW: Awakening, with “Dream Alliance,” featuring Kenny Werner and Marco Pignataro were provided through the generosity of GBH Music, with support from the Mass Cultural Council and BioMed Realty, but event registration is required. Secure your seats today. Please note that by registering for this event your name and email will be shared with GBH Music and JazzBoston. About Jazz Boston: JazzBoston connects, promotes and advocates for the musicians, audiences and venues of Greater Boston’s dynamic and diverse jazz community. The nonprofit organization spreads the music and message of jazz and celebrates Boston as one of the world’s great jazz cities. Find more information at jazzboston.org.
Luciana Souza meets Marco Pignataro & the BGJI Ambassadors feat. Kenny Werner
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Berklee College of Music

Luciana Souza meets Marco Pignataro & the BGJI Ambassadors feat. Kenny Werner

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Managing Director Marco Pignataro records his original “Farfallina ” with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Ambassadors, alumna Luciana Souza and Berklee Effortless Mastery Institute Artistic Director Kenny Werner as featured artists. “Farfallina”, which in Italian means “little butterfly”, was recorded in late February at Shames Studio at Berklee College of Music. Inspired by the short life cycle of butterflies, “Farfallina” strives to illustrate the poetic imagery of fleeting beauty. Lyrics, arrangements and music produced by Marco Pignataro Luciana Souza: voice Marco Pignataro; saxophone, composer Kenny Werner: Piano Giorgio Albanese: Accordion Eli Heath: Bass Tyson Jackson: Drums Marco Pignataro Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marco_pignataro_jazzet/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marcopignatarojazz/ Berklee Global Jazz Institute Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BerkleeGlobalJazzInstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/berkleeglobaljazzinstitute/ Berklee Subscribe: http://bit.ly/1MjVyEN Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/berkleecollege Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/berkleecollege Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/berkleecollege Sites: https://www.berklee.edu http://www.berklee.edu/focused/global-jazz Call or email Berklee’s Office of Admissions today for more information: 800-BERKLEE (U.S.) +1 617-747-2222 (international callers) admissions@berklee.edu Mark Wessel : mixing and mastering engineer Video produced by Kevin Greene Edited by Kevin Greene Cameras: Valeria Peñaranda, Zakriya Bashirhill About Berklee Global Jazz Institute : The Berklee Global Jazz Institute is a creative music institute with a progressive vision to develop the artist of the new millennium, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment. The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassador is honor group of the program featuring some its best graduate and undergraduate students. About Berklee College of Music: Berklee is the preeminent institute of contemporary music and the performing arts, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs at its campuses in Boston, Massachusetts, and Valencia, Spain, and through its award-winning distance learning program, Berklee Online. Dedicated to nurturing the creative and career potential of the world’s most inspired artists, Berklee’s commitment to arts education is reflected in the work of its students, faculty, and alumni—hundreds of whom have been recognized with Grammy, Tony, Oscar, and Emmy awards. At Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, students explore interdisciplinary approaches to music, dance, theater, film, business, health care, education, technology, and more. Our pioneering youth programs reach underserved classrooms throughout the U.S. and beyond. With students and alumni from more than 100 nations and educational partners across the world, we are forging new connections among art forms, musical traditions, and technologies to build a dynamic, diverse, and collaborative global arts community. Learn more at berklee.edu.
BGJI Big Band - Bird Goes Global Suite (Live at Berklee Performance Center)
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Berklee College of Music

BGJI Big Band - Bird Goes Global Suite (Live at Berklee Performance Center)

Celebrating Berklee Global Jazz Institute's 10 Anniversary in 2019, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Big Band premiere's a new Charlie Parker suite titled "Bird Goes Global" for Parker's 100 anniversary. The concert was produced by BGJI Artistic Director Danilo Pérez and features Bill Dobbins, Joe Lovano, Ben Street, Marco Pignataro, Patricia Pérez, Lihi Haruvi, Bruno Raberg, Chase Morrin, Faris Ishaq, Luke Norris, and Nicko Guerrero. Learn more: https://www.berklee.edu/focused/global-jazz Danilo Pérez, Piano, BGJI Artistic Director Bill Dobbins, Arranger/Composer/Conductor, Visiting Artist Joe Lovano, Tenor Saxophone, Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance Ben Street, Bass, BGJI Artist in Residence Marco Pignataro, Tenor Saxophone, BGJI Managing Director Patricia Pérez, Alto Saxophone, BGJI Faculty Lihi Haruvi, Soprano Saxophone, BGJI Faculty Bruno Raberg, Bass, BGJI Faculty Chase Morrin, Piano, BGJI Alumnus Faris Ishaq, Arabic Flute, BGJI Alumnus Luke Norris, Saxophone, BGJI Alumnus Nicko Guerrero, Percussion, BGJI Alumnus Daniel Szczepanski, Trumpet Nathan Kay, Trumpet 2 Matteo Cutello, Trumpet 3 Milena Casado, Trumpet 4 Daniel Elbert, Alto Saxophone Giovanni Cutello, Alto Saxophone 2 Stephen Byth, Tenor 1 Anton Derevyanko, Tenor 2 Dave Suleiman, Tenor 3 Sarah Marie Bugeja, Voice Nadia Washington, Voice Matthew Stubbs, Clarinet Minnie Jordan, Violin Giorgio Albanese, Accordion Carlos Capacho, Cuatro Tyson Jackson, Drums Video by Berklee Video Services Audio mix by Rodrigo Martins

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