Jazz Around You 2021: an espresso with Daniele Ciuffreda

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 june 2, 2021

We interviewed Daniele Ciuffreda, guitarist, band leader and artistic director of Jazz Around You, the festival born in 2019 and which returns in 2021 giving a great sign of life and desire for rebirth by bringing music back into the midst of people.

> Ivano Rossato 

What legacy would you like to JAY to leave?
My main goals as an organizer of Jazz events, in this particular historical period, are two: the first is to build, nurture and strengthen a community of fans in the province of Turin; and the second is to put on events that can reduce the psychological burden and the sense of social disconnection that these last months of the pandemic have created for all of us. Culture is sociability and sociability is the essence of the human being!

The 2021 programming was guided by the desire to unite international artists such as the American singer Joyce Yuille with the amazing local talent that we are lucky enough to have in Italy and specifically in Piedmont, Accordi Disaccordi being one such example.

In such a complicated period from many points of view, what was the biggest challenge in organizing the festival?
The biggest challenge in organizing the festival was and still is to maintain close collaboration with all those involved in its realization. The months of the pandemic and the resulting difficulties have negatively affected the perception of being able to resume cultural activities. Now that we are succeeding; we need the public, citizens, supporters and institutions who, together as a united front, are the engine of the restart. 
What are you particularly happy with today regarding the JAY (before the festival)?
One of the greatest satisfactions is seeing the renewed trust that the Municipalities involved and the sponsors have in us. JAY is a project to promote culture and the territory and it is necessary to have the support of key stakeholders present in the places of the festival.
Teaching is also included in the JAY programming: if you were to think of just one, what would be the most important lesson to pass on to a musician?
Undoubtedly the democracy of Jazz … a solo is not denied to anyone, not even the double bass player, ha ha ha …
What characteristics do the great teachers and collaborators you have met on your artistic journey have in common?
Almost all important musicians and teachers I have met have have shown a great devotion to Jazz and music in general as well as the desire to commit themselves to their audience or their students. 
How has the musical community changed today? What has it learned or is is learning (… or should learn)?
The Jazz community is learning to be united again. Historically it was, but in recent decades everyone has cultivated their own garden. I was very happy to be able to bring Jazz Around You into I-Jazz, and Jazz Go to School into the association. It remains essential to plan, take risks and set great goals!
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