Exciting rhythms to stir the heart

Last updated 12:00 01/06/2012

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REVIEW: The Luca Ciarla Quartet.
The 45th International Jazz Festival.
The Globe Theatre.
Wednesday, May 31.
Reviewed by Stephen Fisher.

Last night at the Globe, the boundaries of the International Jazz Festival were pushed even further as the Luca Ciarla Quartet, straight from Italy, gave us a superb evening of music that enriched the soul.

Although strongly based in the jazz tradition, the music was heavily influenced by the music of European gypsy and classical.

The quartet features Ciarla, violin, Luciano Biondini, fisarmonica – an accordion-type instrument – Marco Siniscalco, bass, and Antonia Franciosa, percussion.

The hugely varied programme featured everything from the highly evocative Train Song, with its stunning introduction on the fisarmonica, to the marvellous interplay of instruments in the birds or the stunning tambourine solo in Bach Tarantolato.

The music tumbled from the stage – vibrant, haunting, effervescent, filled with exciting rhythms that stirred the heart. Three amazing nights to date, with tremendous variety and much to please even the most Catholic of tastes.

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