Marco Colonna, clarinets
Simone Di Benedetto, double bass
Ivan Liuzzo, percussion
Zarkan is a project born of the desire and the need to combine composition and improvisation. During the 1900s the two worlds touched and compare each pther, often showing themselves as two sides of a coin, separated by the time factor: in improvisation the conception time of a musical idea coincides with that of execution, while in composition the time of conception can be extended even for years.
The idea of time is the one from which the trio takes its cue: an exploration of time in its various facets, starting from Grisey's idea of time divided into 3 strands (time of insects, of men and of whales) and expanding thought, taking inspiration from the philosophies of the 1900s that have so much discussed in this regard, such as the ideas of Bergson and Einstein's relativism.
Marco Colonna: “I was born as a clarinetist, starting at the age of seven, and until I was fourteen I was not really a model student, then from sixteen I made music my life ... or maybe music saved my life. I can name Gaetano Zocconali as my teacher, a controversial and not famous figure, but many musicians trained in Rome over the last thirty years know well him. Also Harry Sparnaay, father of the contemporary bass clarinet, to whom I owe a great deal in terms of knowledge, attitude and personal growth. Lawrence «Butch» Morris also trained me in the approach of teaching, the sphere of resolute gesture, love for the moment as only a great Master could do. With the saxophone I am a sort of self-taught: I have played a lot and in the most varied fields and I have learned often wrongly. I toured the world with ethnic music, I forced my limits with contemporary music, I expressed my political thoughts with jazzcore, I lived the highest experiences with improvisation but I remain a jazz player.”
Simone Di Benedetto, 1989, graduated in double bass with the highest grade, then continued in composition studies, graduating cun laude and honors with a thesis on the relationship between composition and improvisation. In 2018 he won the AIR contest for an artistic residence in Copenhagen. In 2011 he recorded with the trio Else! the album "First degree", published by UltraSound records, while in 2016, with Alberto Collodel, he recorded the album "Il sistema periodico" (inspired by the homonymous book by Primo Levi) for the Berlin Aut Records. In 2017 he recorded, his first leader record, the S.d.B. project "Red&Blue", entirely of original compositions, and the debut album of the Archipelagos quartet, "In your thoughts", winner of the first prize Stefano Cerri. In 2019 he released his first solo album, "Depth OSunding", for Aut Records. Since 2007 he has played with artists such as Stefano Battaglia, Franco Cerri, Fred Hamilton, Achille Succi, Francesco Cusa, Piero Bittolo Bon; he has performed in countries such as Belgium, Spain, Switzerland and Slovenia, and in festivals such as Umbria Jazz, Jazz It Festival, Ravenna Festival, Barga Jazz, Tuscia in Jazz Festival, Festival of Philosophy, Festival of the Arts, Musicultura and performing on radio as Rai Radio3, Rai Radio1, Radio Kairos, Radio Moon, National Radio of Slovenia. From 2017 he teaches composition and ear training at the Vecchi-Tonelli Conservatory of Modena.
Ivan Liuzzo, percussionist and composer, he is active in contemporary music, in particular as an perfomer of electroacoustic music, in impromptu music and in contemporary jazz.
He currently works with: Achille Succi (Pita trio); Manlio Maresca (Manual for errors; Franzoni Mother's Party);
He is a founding member of the PHTHORA 'and AVIDI LUMI collectives, and a student of the composer Giorgio Netti.