Javier Girotto returns to his native Cordoba with his sax and Apulian accordionist Vince Abbracciante as travel mates for a programme of concerts and workshops scheduled in Argentina, Chile and Peru from October 29 to November 17.

Girotto boasts a decades-long career and ranks among Italy’s top jazz musicians. He lives in Rome and holds Italian citizenship through relatives in Apulia, the region where Abbracciante was born.

The musician from Ostuni is 17 year younger than Girotto, but counts accordion giant Richard Galliano among his many admirers. He is now set to add the three South American countries to his long list of international appearances.

Their tour is scheduled a year after the issue of Santuario, the first album from the duo, who was formed seven years ago. Also in 2021, Abbracciante’s work Terranima won the Orpheus Award as best Italian accordion album. A road crossing of the Andes is part of the trip, including a date in San Carlos de Bariloche, the charming tourist village at the foot of the mountain range. Girotto will play some of the Andean flutes, which he avidly collects.

The 12 South American dates are produced by Violipiano Music and the Italian Culture Institutes of Santiago, Cordoba, Lima e Buenos Aires. Other partners are the Festival de Jazz Chileuropa Santiago, Viña Jazz Festival Internacional, Espacio Contemporáneo de Arte and Vivo Cultura, Festival Internacional de Jazz de Puerto Montt, Teatro Pirandello, Pro Cultura Salta, Camping Musical Bariloche and the Cordoba Jazz Festival.