Life-Size-Acts di Roberto Masotti
Palazzo Litta Cultura – 4 – 11 November 2017
In collaboration with: Ponderosa Music&Art, MIA Photo Fair Projects
In November Palazzo Litta Cultura is part of the cultural schedule of Milan with three events curated by Ponderosa Music&Art and dedicated to jazz, within the second edition of JAZZMI.
Palazzo Litta Cultura confirms the undisciplined approach, welcoming the syncopated rhythm of jazz improvisation: on 4 November opens the exhibition Life-Size-Acts by Roberto Masotti, a path of thirty-four photographic compositions that portray the protagonists of jazz music, especially the most radical, without proposing a traditional shooting canon.
The photographer’s research differs from simple documentation and adopts the characteristics of dynamism of this musical genre, mobile par excellence, with little writing and a lot of improvisation. He then uses a series of panoramic shots that allow him to portray the musicians in full length and, subsequently, elaborates the image with the insertion of details – the hands, a gesture, an instrument – from other photographs, thus distorting every possible static.
Two videos flank the collection: the first retraces part of Roberto Masotti’s vast archive, in which the flow of images joins the sound intervention of Dj Spooky; the second films the musicians as they tell and interpret a jam session.
At 6 pm to introduce the evening, a performance by Cosimo & The Hot Coals with a repertoire dedicated to the musical tradition of New Orleans, hot jazz and overseas swing of the 1920s and 1930s.
On Saturday 11 November a musical performance by Louis Quartet, a formation that alternates the New York sounds of the forties, to move on to the melodies of California in the fifties.