Friday, 11 June 2010


Since 1973 the Italian summer in Umbria goes with the rhythm of Umbria Jazz. This relatively small region, at the heart of Italy, is hosting one of the greatest Jazz events in Italy. 10 days of concerts; 9 different stages (including the ones at the main Arena, the theatres, squares and restaurants); more than 220 great music events, most of which free. During these days saxophones, trumpets, guitars spread their sounds along the streets of Perugia.

The eclectic line of Umbria Jazz Festival wants to tell the spectators at what extent music can be different and that all types of good music deserve attention. Following this motto, Umbria Jazz stages host the main Jazz players (Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, BB King … to mention a few of them), but also pop music groups famous all over the world, such as the REM that played last past years.

Mark Knopfler, Mario Biondi, the Incognito, Pat Metheny group, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Manhattan Transfer, Randy Crawford, Joe Sample, Tony Bennet and Sonny Rollins are just an example of the great artists that will make 2010’s edition as success full as the 37 previous ones.

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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

The colors of Giotto, up to the 26th of September 2010 - Assisi

The Colors of Giotto - The Basilica of Assisi, between virtual restoration and restitution. This is an innovative exhibition, an art project of great stature, where the visitor is actively involved in restoration work and is enabled to know the works of Giotto, both physically and virtually.
In the Saint Nicola Chapel in the Lower Basilica are ongoing restoration works on the Franciscans frescoes of Giotto.
During these months visitors are given the chance to stand on scaffolding to admire the restoration works, so to know actively and timely the peculiarity of this art and the painstaking work of the restorers.
The Chapel of Saint Nicholas is presented and therefore designed as a "work in progress", an example of recovery "physical" work of art...
In perfect match to this instead, in the Palace of Monte Frumentario (not far from the Basilica), is a recovery "virtual" work of art.
Franciscan stories that are reconsidered and returned to the public through high definition technology.
The virtual frescoes can be compared with their current appearance, through a series of screens, touch screen placed at each group stage.
On the occasion of eighth centenary of Pope Innocent III, the exhibition proposes to scale the fresco dedicated to the Confirmation of the Rule of Saint Francis, just by Pope Innocent III.
Also a section for setting up and can get virtually in the fresco, where the 3D scene comes alive with the voices of the characters.
A wonderful progect designed and coordinated by the CNR, by Eva Pietroni and Francesco Antinucci.
Colors of Giotto is an initiative promoted by the city of Assisi with the collaboration of the Sacred Convent, the Ministry of Heritage and Culture through Regional Directorate, the Superintendence of Umbria competent Higher Institute for Conservation and Restoration, the Umbria Region and the National Research Council, with support from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia and organizational coordination of Civita. The catalog is published by Silvana Editoriale.

For information:
Basilica di San Francesco e Palazzo del Monte Frumentario