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available online > Make Music Day: Enrico Rava & Bebo Ferra Duo



available online > Make Music Day: Enrico Rava & Bebo Ferra Duo

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 120 countries. In Italy alone, there will be more than 400 events, with the participation of about 5,000 artists performing virtually, in person (where allowed) or both! 

The Italian Cultural Institutes in Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles on June 21st celebrated “Make Music Day” with some great Italian artists on a day-long marathon of music. Our lineup of virtual concerts included performances by jazz stars such as drummer Roberto Gatto (IIC San Francisco) and pianist Danilo Rea (IIC Los Angeles). For our own Washingtonian stage, recorded live from the stunning setting of Lake D’Orta, near Milan, and presented in collaboration with the DC Jazz Festival, iconic trumpeter Enrico Rava and guitarist Bebo Ferra, performed together for the first time, delighting us with renditions of classics by Tom Jobim, James Van Heusen and Victor Young, in addition to their original pieces.

A legend of Italian jazz and one of the first Italian musicians to have worked and recorded in America in the 1960s, Enrico Rava has a sound that blends Italian flow and colors with the configuration of jazz. Join us for a memorable concert on Facebook Live on June 21st at 6pm!


CONCERT (via Facebook)

(originally broadcast on June 21, 2021)



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Enrico Rava is certainly one of the best known and most appreciated Italian jazz player in the international scene. Always engaged in the most diverse and stimulating experiences, he started making music n the mid-sixties, quickly establishing himself as one of the most convincing soloists in European jazz.  His spontaneity places him outside of any scheme. 

Among his most appreciated records: Quartet (ECM 1978) "Rava the opera Va" (Label Bleu 1993), "Easy Living" (ECM 2004), "Tati" (ECM 2005), "The Words and the Days "(ECM 2007), "New York Days"(ECM 2009), "Tribe"(ECM 2018) and "On The Dance Floor" (ECM 2019). Long is the list of musicians with whom he collaborated: Italian, European, American - Franco D'Andrea, Massimo Urbani, Stefano Bollani, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, Archie Shepp, Miroslav Vitous, Daniel Humair, Michel Petrucciani, Charlie Mariano, Joe Lovano, Albert Mangelsdorff, Dino Saluzzi, Richard Gallliano, Martial Solal, Steve Lacy, Mark Tuner, John Scofield... 

He has performed tours and concerts in the USA, Japan, Canada, Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay participating in important Festivals (Montreal, Toronto, Houston, Los Angeles, Perugia, Antibes, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Rio and Sao Paulo). He has been repeatedly voted best musician in the annual poll of the Italian magazine "Musica Jazz", also winning in the "best group" categories and "best Italian record". Named "Knight of Arts and Letters" by the French Minister of Culture, in 2002 he also received the prestigious "Jazzpar Prize" in Copenhagen. In recent years he has appeared in the first places of the referendum of the American magazine Down Beat, in the section reserved for trumpet players, right behind Dave Douglas, Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove, and in the one reserved for the best groups, with the quintet called TRIBE. This is the first time that an Italian team is included in this ranking.

His latest record, "For Mario Live" was released for Accidental Records in 2020 and was dedicated to the memory of Mario Guidi, founding manager of Rava, with whom he had a thirty-year working relationship and who passed away in December 2019. 


bebo ferra


Bebo Ferra is an artist hailing originally from Sardinia and Milanese by adoption. One of the most appreciated Italian jazz guitarists, he became famous thanks to his long collaboration with Paolo Fresu's Devil Quartet. He has played, recorded and collaborated with many other leading Italian and international artists including: Alex Foster, John Clark, Enrico Pieranunzi, Steve Grossmann, Maria Pia de Vito, Jim Black, Billy Cobham, Peter Bernstein, Joe Lovano, Dedè Ceccarelli, Rita Marcotulli, Franco Ambrosetti, Franco D'Andrea, Mark Nigthingale, George Robert, Emmanuel Bex, Carol Welsman, Danilo Rea, Eddie Martinez, Gianluigi Trovesi, Antonello Salis, Roberto Gatto, Flavio Boltro, Paul Mc Candless, Jaribu Shaid, Paolo Damiani, Gianluigi Trovesi, Pietro Tonolo, John Stowell.

He has participated in about one hundred recordings, of which about twenty as a leader and co-leader.

In addition to Italy, he has performed in numerous countries including France, Germany, Australia, Colombia, USA, Yemen, Puerto Rico, Lithuania, Israel, Austria, Morocco, Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, Lebanon, Denmark, Switzerland, Oman, Kuwait, Holland, Belgium, New Caledonia, Macedonia, Bahrain, Norway, Sweden, Thailand, China, Colombia.

At the beginning of the lock-down caused by the COVID -19 pandemic, he started streaming daily on his Facebook page a series of videos for solo guitar entitled "Jazz vs Coronavirus", which became an unmissable event for the online public.  In early 2020,  Ferra made an album out of this project released with the title "Jazz vs Corona" .



Date: From Friday, December 31, 2021 to Monday, January 31, 2022

Organized by : IIC Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles

In collaboration with : DC Jazz Festival

Entrance : Free