A gallery of photos from Luca Bragalini's very successful lecture, The Duke of Jazz and His Symphonic Visions in Prato, Italy, on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at the Scuola di Musica “G. Verdi,” Sala Delle Colonne. Congratulations to the speaker; a heartfelt thank-you to the organizers and to the audience! For MetJazz 2020; Stefano Zenni, Director. Sponsored by Camerata Strumentale “Città di Prato” in collaboration with ICAMus.
In the photographs below: Luca Bragalini presenting on Duke Ellington's symphonic works in Prato on February 23, 2020. Photos © Augusto Biagini, Courtesy of Camerata Strumentale “Città di Prato.”
In his public lecture in Prato, The Duke of Jazz and His Symphonic Visions (Duke Ellington: le visioni sinfoniche di un Duca del jazz), Luca Bragalini explored Ellington's symphonic works, with special focus on Three Black Kings (1974), the Duke’s musical triptych depicting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a biblical figure.
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More photos from Luca Bragalini’s public lecture in Prato, Italy, February 23, 2020. Above: Barbara Boganini, General Manager of the Camerata Strumentale “Città di Prato” and Stefano Zenni, Director of MetJazz, introducing the lecture in the Sala delle Colonne of the Scuola di Musica “G. Verdi” in Prato. Below: Luca Bragalini with the Camerata Strumentale and MetJazz event’s organizers after the lecture; the speaker with the Director of the Scuola di Musica di Prato, Paolo Ponzecchi. For MetJazz 2020, Luca Bragalini’s lecture was sponsored by the Camerata Strumentale “Città di Prato” in collaboration with ICAMus.
Photos © Augusto Biagini, Courtesy of Camerata Strumentale “Città di Prato.” augustobiagini.com
In the photo below: Luca Bragalini’s book, Dalla Scala a Harlem. I sogni sinfonici di Duke Ellington [From La Scala to Harlem: Duke Ellington’s Symphonic Visions], published in Italy by EDT in 2018, on display at the Scuola di Musica di Prato, Sala delle Colonne, in conjunction with Professor Bragalini’s lecture on Ellington's symphonic works and Three Black Kings, February 23, 2020. Photo © Augusto Biagini, Courtesy of Camerata Strumentale “Città di Prato.”
LUCA BRAGALINI holds the first teaching position in History of Jazz ever obtained by a musicologist in an Italian music conservatory. He is Professor of History and Analysis of Jazz at the Music Conservatory of L'Aquila, and also teaches courses at the Conservatories of Brescia, Trento and Milan. He has discovered unpublished works by Duke Ellington, Chet Baker and Luciano Chailly; some of them he has had premièred and recorded. A published author and lecturer, Professor Bragalini represented Italy in a number of international conferences. He was Distinguished Scholar at Reed College (Portland, OR) where he offered a series of lectures on Ellington. His volume Dalla Scala a Harlem. I sogni sinfonici di Duke Ellington [From La Scala to Harlem: Duke Ellington’s Symphonic Visions]—published in Italy by EDT in 2018, with an accompanying CD of première recordings and a booklet featuring previously unpublished archival photos, all contents discovered by Bragalini—is the result of over ten years of research on Ellington’s symphonic music. ICAMus has completed the English edition of the volume (tentative title: Duke Ellington’s Symphonic Visions: Solving the Mystery). Luca Bragalini will honor Martin Luther King Day with a series of lectures at the University of Michigan in January 2021.