Andrea Molinari 51 album Ropeadope records
New album
out now!
“51” Andrea Molinari's latest release
on US label Ropeadope Records.
Ropeadope Records
“51” is also available in digital formats
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Andrea Molinari Guitar Enrico Zanisi Piano, Rhodes & synth Matteo Bortone Bass & backing vocals Enrico Morello Drums Camilla Battaglia Vocals on tracks: 2, 4, 5, 9 Alessandro Presti Trumpet on tracks: 3, 4, 7 Clementina Regina Soprano on track: 6

All songs composed by Andrea Molinari. Lyrics by Camilla Battaglia.

Andrea Molinari is an Italian guitarist, composer and arranger.

He was born in Jesi, in the Marche region, in 1986, and took to music when he was a child. After moving to Rome, he graduated with honors at the local University of Music and the Santa Cecilia Conservatory. He completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. On the occasion of two stays in New York, he had the opportunity to meet and speak with some of the most influential exponents on the US jazz scene: Peter Bernstein, Charles Altura, Mike Moreno, Lage Lund, Jonathan Kreisberg and Seamus Blake.

In 2010, he won the “Jimmy Woode" best guitarist award, for which the panel of judges was made up of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Rick Margitza, Antonio Sanchez, Eddie Gomez, Dado Moroni and Gegè Telesforo. 2018 saw Molinari win a national competition for an Italo-French residency promoted by the French Institute of Italy, the French Embassy in Italy, the MIDJ (Musicisti Italiani di Jazz – Italian Jazz Musicians) and the SIAE, held within the context of the “Una striscia di terra feconda” festival from 19th to 22nd September at Rome’s Casa del Jazz. The program envisaged a collaboration with renowned French musician Médéric Collignon and a final concert, broadcast by Radio3 Suite on 7th September 2019.

He has performed at major Jazz Festivals, Theaters and Jazz Clubs in Europe, Asia and the United States and has collaborated with internationally renowned musicians, both in studio and live. He has also taken part in television broadcasts and film productions and soundtracks. His debut album – “L’era dell’Acquario” feat. Logan Richardson – was greatly appreciated by listeners, critics and colleagues.

His new album, entitled “51”, was released by Ropeadope Records on 12th April 2019. Ropeadope is a prestigious US label that has produced some of the most active and innovative artists on the global scene (Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, Snarky Puppy, Aaron Parks). 51 has been included by Musica Jazz magazine in the "Album of the month" section of the May 2019 issue.
Articles and reviews have also appeared in various newspapers both on paper and online: JazzIt, Amadeus, Corriere della Sera, la Repubblica, il Resto del Carlino, Il Giorno, La Nazione, Il Messaggero, Il Mattino, Corriere del Mezzogiorno, Il Tirreno, Corriere Adriatico, Giornale di Brescia, L’Eco di Bergamo, La Provincia di Cremona, etc. The album has been broadcast by several radio stations: SoundCheck Radio 24, Radio Popolare Milano, Radio Flash Torino, Controradio Firenze, Radio Città Aperta, Radio Elettrica, Radio Roma Capitale, Green Arrow Radio (USA), etc. Three tracks from the album – 13.13, Groovy dentist and Butterfly eaters – were candidates for the 62nd edition of the Grammy Awards. On Saturday 18th January 2020 he was invited to Milan to participate in the program "Piazza Verdi", live on Radio3 Rai, for an interview, the presentation of 51 and a live performance with his quintet. 51 has also been selected as one of the "Greatest Jazz Albums" at the 2019 Jazzit Awards, a poll sponsored by Jazzit Magazine.

He has been teaching jazz guitar at the "Tito Schipa" Music Conservatory in Lecce since December 2019.
Concerts 2021
May 30
w/ Roberto Gatto "Progressivamente" @Udin&Jazz Winter
Udine - Italy
Jun 26
w/ Giovanni & Jasmine Tommaso 5et @Casa del Jazz
Rome - Italy
Jun 28
w/ Paolo Damiani & ONJGT @Casa del Jazz
Rome - Italy
Jul 15
w/ Paolo Damiani & ONJGT @Umbria Jazz
Perugia - Italy
Jul 17
w/ 51 @Jazz on the Road Festival
Padenghe sul Garda - Italy
Jul 27
w/ Kind Folk 5et @Villa Comunale
Lecce - Italy
Aug 17
w/ Ada Montellanico Duet @Peperoncino Jazz Festival
San Marco Argentano - Italy
Aug 22
w/ Ada Montellanico Duet @Pedras et Sonus Jazz Festival
Gonnostramatza - Italy
Aug 29
w/ Paolo Damiani & ONJGT @Festival Les Rendez-vous de l'Erdre
Nantes - France
Aug 30
w/ Giovanni Tommaso 4et @Jazz & Image
Rome - Italy
Sep 1
w/ Paolo Damiani & ONJGT @Il Jazz Italiano per le Terre del Sisma
Norcia - Italy
Sep 3/6
Masterclass @Salento Guitar Festival
Otranto - Italy
Oct 2
w/ Roberto Gatto "Progressivamente" @Around Jazz
Rome - Italy
Oct 15
w/ Giovanni Tommaso “Apogeo” @Alexanderplatz Jazz Club
Rome - Italy
Oct 23
w/ Roberto Gatto “Progressivamente” @JazzMi
Milan - Italy
Oct 24
w/ Paolo Damiani & ONJGT @JazzMi
Milan - Italy
Oct 25
w/ Paolo Damiani & ONJGT @Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado
Milan - Italy
Nov 6
w/ Paolo Damiani & ONJGT @Teatro Puccini
Florence - Italy
Nov 10
Jazz Station @Alexanderplatz Jazz Club
Rome - Italy
Dec 3
w/ Paolo Damiani & ONJGT @Pisa Jazz
Pisa - Italy
Dec 5
w/ 51 @Albano Jazz Festival
Albano Laziale - Italy
Dec 11
w/ Ada Montellanico Duet @Suoni d’Autore
Santa Lucia del Mela - Italy
Dec 19/20
w/ Paolo Damiani & ONJGT Recording Studio @Auditorium Parco della Musica
Rome - Italy
Dec 30
w/ Giovanni & Jasmine Tommaso 5et @Umbria Jazz Winter
Orvieto - Italy
Concerts 2020
Jan 16
w/ 51 @Fano Jazz Network
Fano - Italy
Jan 18
w/ 51 @Piazza Verdi/RAI Radio3
Milan - Italy
Jan 19
w/ 51 @52nd Jazz Winter Season
Latina - Italy
Feb 15
w/ 51 @Urbino Jazz Club
Urbino - Italy
Feb 28
w/ Paolo Damiani New Band @Nel Gioco del Jazz Festival
Bari - Italy
Mar 19/20
w/ 51 @Tatum Art Jazz Club
Palermo - Italy
Mar 21
w/ 51 @Alexanderplatz Jazz Club
Rome - Italy
Mar 22
w/ 51 @Albano Jazz Festival
Albano Laziale - Italy
Jul 9
w/ Giacomo Uncini qt @Ancona Jazz Summer Festival
Ancona - Italy
Jul 23
w/ Roberto Gatto “Progressivamente” @Casa del Jazz Reloaded
Rome - Italy
Jul 31
w/ Giacomo Uncini qt @Fano Jazz by the Sea
Fano - Italy
Aug 23
w/ Ada Montellanico Duet @Peperoncino Jazz Festival
Cetraro - Italy
Aug 29
w/ Giovanni Tommaso Extra Large Combo @Roccella Jazz Festival
Roccella Ionica - Italy
Oct 30
w/ Roberto Gatto “Progressivamente” @JazzMi
Milan - Italy
Concerts 2019
Feb 15
w/ Paolo Damiani New Band @Minus One Jazz Festival
Tbilisi - Georgia
Apr 26
w/ 51 @Gregory’s Jazz Club
Rome - Italy
Apr 27
w/ 51 @Stones Cafè - Jazz in’It Festival
Vignola - Italy
Apr 28
w/ 51 - Secret Concert
Bologna - Italy
Apr 29
w/ 51 @Jazz Club Ferrara
Ferrara - Italy
Apr 30
w/ 51 @Bonaventura Music Club
Milan - Italy
Jun 23
w/ 51 @Gianicolo in Jazz
Rome - Italy
Jun 30
w/ Paolo Damiani New Band @Faggeta di Monte Raschio
Parco Naturale di Bracciano - Italy
Jul 13
w/ NEUE @Ambassade de France
Rome - Italy
Aug 3
w/ 51 @Summer Live Tones - Maschio Angioino
Naples - Italy
Sep 28
w/ 51 @Casa del Jazz
Rome - Italy
Nov 8
w/ 51 @unTUBO
Siena - Italy
Nov 9
w/ 51 @Vineria al 10
Arezzo - Italy
Nov 10
w/ 51 @Sottobosco
Pisa - Italy
Nov 14/17
w/ Paolo Damiani New Band
Saudi Arabia Tour
Dec 16/17
w/ Giovanni Tommaso & Jasmine Tommaso 5et Recording Studio @Auditorium Parco della Musica
Rome - Italy
Concerts 2018
Feb 8
w/ Giacomo Uncini qt @Teatro della Casa d'Italia
Istanbul - Turkey
May 16
w/ 51 feat. Logan Richardson @Caffè Bugatti
Terni - Italy
May 17
w/ 51 feat. Logan Richardson @Live Tones - Casina Pompeiana
Naples - Italy
May 18
w/ 51 feat. Logan Richardson @Quadraro in Jazz - Csoa Spartaco
Rome - Italy
May 20
w/ 51 feat. Logan Richardson @Ancona Jazz - AION di Moroder
Ancona - Italy
Jul 15
w/ Paolo Damiani New Band @Gianicolo in Jazz
Rome - Italy
Jul 19
w/ 51 feat. Logan Richardson @Gaeta Jazz Festival
Gaeta - Italy
Aug 14
w/ 51 @Gianicolo in Jazz - Rescheduled for September 26th
Rome - Italy
Sep 19/22
w/ Mederic Collignon - Italian/French residency by MIDJ @Una striscia di terra feconda - Casa del Jazz
Rome - Italy
Sep 26
w/ 51 @Gianicolo in Jazz
Rome - Italy
Sep 28
w/ Giacomo Uncini qt @Musei di sera - Musei Vaticani
Rome - Italy
Nov 17/18
w/ Giovanni Tommaso Apogeo @Alexander Platz Jazz Club
Rome - Italy
Dec 14
w/ Paolo Damiani New Band
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia
Dec 16
w/ Paolo Damiani New Band
Jeddah - Saudi Arabia
cover L'era dell'Acquario

L’era dell’Acquario

Andrea Molinari Guitar
Logan Richardson Alto sax
Domenico Sanna Piano & Rhodes
Luca Fattorini Double bass
Marco Valeri Drums

"L'era dell'Acquario (“Age of the Aquarius” was how ancient Mayas called the modern era) refers to a current understanding of the African-American language in which tradition plays a fundamental role, enriched by the capacity for synthesis of the very good musicians that make part of the quintet."
Nicola Gaeta - Musica Jazz

"Composition is indeed the strong point of Andrea Molinari’s record, which is able to showcase a powerful personality thanks to tracks characterized by well-devised melodies, modern-sounding atmospheres and formal structures that stray from trite, ordinary formulas."
Eugenio Mirti - Jazzit