For the past thirty years in late December, the Umbria Jazz Winter festival livens up the medieval hill town of Orvieto, bringing in the New Year with a musical blast of jazz, rock and country western,
Pino and I never miss it.
Musical events rebound in the medieval palazzi….
….in the theater…
….in the piazzas….
…and even in the stunning 13th-c. cathedral (with Gospel on New Year’s Eve):
This year, in an Orvieto medieval palazzo, we joined ebullient visitors united in enthusiastic hand-clapping at a jazz aperitif where the rhythms and accompanying vocals of the Lovesick trio enthused all:
The music of Lovesick – an Italian band, founded in Bologna by two multi-instrumentalists – is threaded with influences of country western, rock n’roll and swing bringing alive the American musical spirit of the mid-last century….and earlier.
Paolo Roberto Pianezza plays electric and acoustic guitars as well as lap steel and electric dobro….
….and pairs with Francesca Alinovi, on double bass and the two join in vocal harmonies; Francesca clearly loving every moment:
…and what fun she had with that brush pad:
Alessandro Cosentino joined the pair on violin and percussion:
How not to let them know after the show how I so appreciated being transported back to youthful musical memories?
Pino joined me witn an enthusiastic, “Mille grazie…bravissimi!”
They’ll soon be off for a tour in the USA.
Let’s just hope they’ll be back in Orvieto next December for Umbria Jazz Winter.
Click here to see the itinerary of Lovesick’s USA tour, 2024.
See a bit of the Lovesick show we saw at Umbria Winter Jazz
See here Lovesick performing with another group in tne Orvieto streets at Umbria Winter Jazz, December 2023
Read here about Lovesick.
Read here about another memorable Umbria Jazz Winter
(…and many many more notes on my blog…also on Perugia Umbria Jazz in July…)