It has almost been a concert marathon for violinist Luca Ciarla in the United States; from 3 September to October 2, 2023, he has presented 17 events (16 concerts and 1 workshop) in 10 different states, including Michigan, Alaska, California, New Mexico, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Illinois and Nevada.
The first concert, for the Detroit Jazz Festival, saw him perform in one of the main stages (photo), the only solo artist of the entire festival, which was featuring many international jazz stars such as Julian Lage, Ambrose Akinmusire, Vijay Iyer , Abdullah Ibrahim, Bill Frisell, Antonio Sánchez, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, Chucho Valdés. A memorable concert for the Italian jazz violinist, ended with two standing ovations, after the last piece and after the encore.
A further long journey then took him to Alaska for three concerts and a workshop, for the Haines Arts Council, the Skagway Arts Council and the Alaska World Arts Festival in Homer. It was an incredible experience for the violinist born in Termoli (Molise), for the first time in Alaska, fascinated by nature, by astonishing landscapes (photo) and enriched by a close encounter with a family of bears (video).
On September 14 he performed in California, the very first concert presented in the splendid new headquarters of the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, part of the Italian Innovation and Culture Hub, dedicated to Italian creativity in every field. On the occasion, Luca also premiered AdriFest, the new Molise festival to be held in Termoli and in the neighboring cities (video), of which he will be co-artistic director with Kezia Terracciano. Following up, the day after, a concert for the Los Alamos Arts Council in the splendid hall of the Fuller Lodge Art Center (photo).
After the performances at the Bop Stop in Cleveland (Ohio) and at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown (Connecticut) he performed, twice on the same day, at the FreshGrass Festival, an incredible festival dedicated to American folk music and more, from tradition to the latest international acts, and founded in collaboration with MASSmoCA, one of the most important museums in the United States. The festival also give an award, called FreshScore, for new compositions for images and this year it was awarded to Luca Ciarla who presented his performance Music for your Eyes, made with Keziat‘s video art (photo).
The tour continued with a concert at the Old Town School of Music of Chicago, where Luca also presented his new festival again, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. The marathon runner’s itinerary ended with a series of three concerts for the Library District, in Las Vegas, the circuit of the city’s public libraries, thanks also to the support of the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. The tour was conceived and produced by Violipiano Music in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institutes of Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles (the stops in Cincinnati and Brattleboro have been postponed to 2023).