Their eclectic compositions – though rooted in jazz – explore a plethora of stylistic influences, geographic confluences and mood-swings.
The Esquivo Band Members and their background Fabrizio Brusca – guitar Guitarist and composer Fabrizio Brusca, was born in Palermo, Sicily. After extended studies in the field of the visual arts (Degree in Sculpture, Fine Arts Academy, Palermo 2001) he completed a Bachelor course in Jazz Guitar at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen (Netherlands) in 2004. He is co-leader/composer of the well-acclaimed Sicilian experimental jazz band Manziluna, with whom he has released two albums, “Manziluna” (Fitzcarraldo Rec.,2011) and “L’Intrigo” (Cantina Rec.,2013). ‘Every piece is well constructed and uses the different talents of each member most admirably. One piece (“Tziganski Tanz” by F. Brusca), features some stunning acoustic and electric guitar interplay while the rhythm team plays swell skeletal punctuation underneath. There is so much great music here that it would be impossible to describe it all since I hear so much craft and creativity in each piece. If you were going to start with one of the five discs on this little known label, this would be a perfect place to begin. Truly extraordinary stuff’. (Bruce Lee Gallanter – Downtown Music Gallery, New York City) Between 2012 and 2014 he recorded and collaborated with various national and international projects such as the Emanuele Primavera 4et in Italy and the Jacek Kochan 4et in Poland. Furthermore he has worked with Conrad Herwig, Marcello Pellitteri, Stefano D’Anna, Giovanni Falzone, Orchestra Macchina di Suoni di Marvi La Spina & David Kikoski, Dominik Wania, Seby Burgio, Pietro Ciancaglini, Mauro Schiavone, Michael Rosen, Owen Hart Jr. and Tarek Yamani. Sylvia Schmidt – vocals Sylvia Schmidt is an incredibly versatile improviser with a mesmerizing tone, precise pitch, and a cracking time feel. Her song interpretations are wonderfully lyrical and imaginative. Sylvia has been sweeping the stages across Europe and the UK dipping her nose into a wide spectrum of creative projects. She had the great pleasure to perform with many jazz bands, choirs, chamber ensembles, and orchestras. In 2008 Sylvia established herself in London where she completed a Batchelor degree at Middlesex University’s renown jazz department under the guidance of Nikki Iles, Stuart Hall and Chris Batchelor. In her 19 years of music education and experience, she has carefully crafted her voice into a fine versatile instrument. Sylvia has joined a multitude of projects in styles such as jazz, swing, folk, latin and classical music. Together with Fabrizio Brusca, Sylvia fronts and writes for Esquivo as well as for the contemporary classical trio White Flower where she is playfully exploring textures, sounds and dynamics; infusing poetry and folk melodies. She regularly collaborates in duo settings with Sam Leak (Aquarium), Inga Eichler (Nerija, Shama Rhaman Band), James Kitchman (Glasshopper & Southern Cone Quintet), Maria Chiara Argiro, Michael De Souza (Michael De Souza Quintet & Big Bad Wolf) and Shirley Tetteh (Nerija, Tomorrow’s Warriors, Jazz Jamaica, Maisha, SE Dub Collective), to name but a few. And as part of Mak Murtic‘s Mimika Ensemble she is even lending her voice to slavic folk communities, water spirits and ancient gods. Sylvia has performed at many prestigious venues and events across the UK including Vortex Jazz Club, the O2 October Sessions, Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho), The Forge, The Green Note, Charlie Wright’s Jazz Club, The Arts Depot,, The Crypt (St. Martin In The Fields), The Chickenshed, Blackheath Halls, The Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh). She has been a regular guest at the Edinburgh, EFG London, Marlborough, Reading, Derry, Fife and Cork & Kinsale Jazz Festivals, amongst others. Maria Chiara Argiro – piano Maria Chiara Argirò is a London- based pianist/keyboard player/composer. Straight after finishing a BA Jazz at Middlesex University, she started touring from June 2013 with the British artrock band These New Puritans for the “Field of Reeds” and “Spitting Stars” tour playing in Asia, USA, Mexico, Europe in festivals around the world and in venues such as the Barbican in London or The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles supporting Bjork. She has performed, recorded and worked among other artists with These New Puritans, BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards nominated singer Coco Mbassi from Cameroon, Barns Courtney, Synergy Vocals, Heritage Orchestra, Stargaze Ensamble, Hungarian songwriter/producer Vera Jonas, multi-awarded guitar player Marton Fenyvesi, singer/guitarist Adedeji Adetayo, modern jazz group Blam! Quartet, large soul-jazz group Teotima Ensemble, Mimika Mak Murtic Ensemble, soul group Ephemerals, multi instrumentalist duo In a Sleeping Mood, experimental rock/jazz/avant-garde band Circuit, Oberon King Project, Tal Janes Quartet, Serge Ngando Quartet, Camilo Menjura Project, Captain of the Awesome Machine, Davide Basso Quartet, Mtts Quartet, CT quartet, Soul Funktion, Pure Brass Quintet, La Clave Con Mezcal within clubs, venues and studios (such as Abbey Road Studios and Maida Vale BBC Studios) in London and festivals around UK, Europe, USA and Asia. She’s experienced as leader of bands, composer, arranger, session musician and teacher. With her own quintet she’s has been touring in Italy and France and playing at The EFG London Jazz Festival. In November 2016 Maria Chiara released her awaited debut album The Fall Dance (Odradek Records) which she is currently touring around the UK with the support of the Arts Council England. Thodoris Ziarkas – double bass Thodoris Ziarkas is a double bassist and composer born in Rhodes, Greece. Currently based in London he is mainly involved with jazz, improvisation and folk music. His main projects include Valia Calda, Michalis Kouloumis trio, Metafora, London Improvisers Orchestra, Bonnendis, duo w/Tasos Stamou. Aside from Esquivo he has collaborated with the likes of Roman Gomez, Blam, No Clear Mind, Kalia, Circuit, James Allsopp, Beibei Wang, Takatsuna Mukai, Dave Pattman, Tim Giles, Mimika Ensemble, Julie Kjær, Sue Lynch, Andreas Polyzogopoulos, Duncan Eagels, Gareth Lockrane, Orphy Robinson, Alex Bonney, Adam Bowman, Manos Achalinotopoulos, Dimitri Vasilakis, Vasilis Xenopoulos, Rob Milne’s double trio, Tango Line, Balothizer, Olcay Bayir and Kourelou. Thodoris is currently curating a new free improvisation concert series at Cafe Oto Project Space as well as the Clapton Sessions in collaboration with Tasos Stamou. Riccardo Chiaberta – drums Riccardo Chiaberta is a London-based drummer and composer. He graduated in Jazz with highest honours at both, the Conservatory “G. Verdi” in Como (Batchelor degree) and at the Conservatory “G. Verdi” in Milan (Masters degree). Riccardo has been invited to play in numerous jazz festivals, such as London Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, Tones on the Stones, MITO Milano, JAZZaltro Abeat festival, and Ah Um Jazz festival. He has had the pleasure to work with Ivo Neame, Bruno Heinen, Andrea Di Biase, Michele Tacchi, Paolino Dalla Porta, Bebo Ferra, Antonio Zambrini, Andrea Dulbecco, David Friedman, Simona Severini, Emanuele Cisi, Pietro Tonolo, and many others. His current portfolio of projects includes Paolino Dalla Porta Future Changes, Bruno Heinen + Italian Job, Honolulu Orchestra, Collettivo T. Monk, Marco Giongrandi Soares 4et, Giovanni Agosti Trio, Dugong, Clara Green Quartet, RCT, Ruta Di Trio, Toy Song. He released “Lux”, the debut album of his band Nirguna, in October 2015 for Honolulu records, a label that Riccardo founded in a collective with nine other musicians from Milan.
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