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  • Arthur Gottschalk (1952- ):
  • 1Benny, Zoot and Teddy12:03
  • Sonata for Alto Saxophone & Piano:
  • 2I. Allegro con fuoco04:06
  • 3II. Waltz Nocturne04:29
  • 4III. Bravura!03:29
  • Oh, More or Less:
  • 5Oh, More or Less05:56
  • Sonata for Bass Clarinet & Piano:
  • 6I. Overture. Salt Peanuts Memorial Barbecue04:27
  • 7II. Motet. Ancient Incantations04:53
  • 8III. Finale. Green Dolphy Street Boogie04:44
  • Shalom:
  • 9Shalom07:28
  • Total Runtime51:35

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How can something as intimate as a musical moment shared between two people open up the door to endless possibilities? Discover the answer in ART FOR TWO, a collection of works by acclaimed composer Arthur Gottschalk and performed by Italian woodwind extraordinaires Sauro Berti and Mario Ciaccio, accompanied by the skilled hands of pianist Naomi Fujiya. In each piece, the performers call listeners into the moment as they traverse art music inspired by sources from traditional Jewish hymns to Frank Zappa.

The melodies of Berti and Ciaccio will carry listeners to some interesting and unexpected places. Italian bass clarinetist Sauro Berti has performed at major festivals from China to Mexico, and his command of the woodwind has earned him credit with the most notable orchestras in Italy and beyond. His counterpart, the award-winning saxophonist Mario Ciaccio, adds smooth flair -- together, the two mesmerizingly work off of each other as the strains of their instruments sing together as one.

In the first piece, Benny, Zoot, and Teddy, one can almost hear witty banter back and forth between the instruments. Two best friends strolling through a lively city scene as they converse immediately comes to mind. The album’s concluding piece, Shalom, also features the two instruments in conversation, but this time with a different message. They are joined by a full choir to deliver a final word: “shalom,” a Hebrew word meaning “peace.” This message, balanced with the exchange of the woodwinds, sends listeners on their way, enriched with having joined the musicians on this journey.

In ART FOR TWO, each track brings listeners into a different shared conversation and experience. Enjoy the intimate dialogue between two musicians, and between the performer and you, the listener, as each song tells you a new, fascinating story.

Sauro Berti, clarinet
Mario Ciaccio, saxophone
Guests: Naomi Fujiya, piano
Eccher School of Music Vocal Ensemble

Sauro Berti
bass clarinet of the “Teatro dell’Opera di Roma,” has collaborated with the most important Italian orchestras (Teatro alla Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, RAI National Orchestra), the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä and the Thailand Philarmonic Orchestra. He has played under G. Prêtre, R. Chailly, M. W. Chung, R. Muti, W. Sawallisch, V. Gergiev, L. Maazel, P. Boulez, and Z. Mehta. He participated in the DVD of Mozart’s “Gran Partita” under M°Muti.

He was a soloist at the Tokyo ClarinetFest2008, the last ten ClarinetFest® 2009-2018 (Porto, Austin, Los Angeles, Lincoln, Assisi, Baton Rouge, Madrid, Lawrence, Orlando, and Ostend), the 2nd Costa Rica Festival, the 1st and 2nd Peruvian Congreso Latinoamericanos, the 5th “Congreso de Madrid,” the Festival Guimarães 2012, the 3rd Guatemala Festival 2013 and the “2015 China International Festival” and the “2016 Mexico Festival Musicademia.” In 2009 he obtained his conducting diploma with D. Renzetti. He has published “Venti Studi per Clarinetto Basso,” “Tuning” for winds (Suvini Zerboni), his version of V. Bucchi’s concerto and the CDs: “Suggestions” (Edipan) and “Solo Non Solo” (Ravello Records) SB. is a D’Addario Artist and plays on Buffet Crampon Tosca instruments, Selmer mouthpieces, and Silverstein ligatures. For more information - please visit his website.

Mario Ciaccio
eclectic saxophonist and Italian conductor, has held over 250 recitals and concerts in Italy, Spain, Austria, USA, Israel, Scotland, Belgium, Taiwan, Russia and China, Iran, Cuba. Mario is a saxophone graduate with honors at the Conservatory “V. Bellini “in Palermo, Conservatory Val du Brieve (France) and “ Bonporti “conservatory in Trento. He had a Master degree with honors in orchestral conducting at the “Briccialdi” Conservatory in Terni.

He has won twelve national and international competitions and has made lectures on contemporary saxophone music in various universities, including Rice University (USA), the University of Arkansas (USA), the University of Suny (USA), St. Thomas University (USA), the Taiwan Army Wind Orchestra (TW) and the Novosibisrk Conservatory of Music (Russia). He is frequently invited as a jury member in prestigious competitions including the International Competition “Adolphe Sax” The Hay les Roses, and in the conservatories of Palermo and Udine.

Mario is a passionate divulger of the saxophone, expecially of Italian original and contemporary music, evidenced by the 25 and more masterclasses he held. He was also music coordinator of the School of Music “C. Eccher “of Trento, on Winds Orchestral studies department. He is currently a saxophonist of the National Italian State Police Winds Orchestra.He has conducted the Holy Saxophone Ensemble (Taiwan), Ensemble Orizzonte (Italy), Hakka Traditional Chinese Orchestra, “Briccialdi” Symphonic Orchestra of Terni, Reno Galliera Winds Orchestra, and TaoYuan Winds Orchestra. Mario is endorser of the Selmer Saxophones Company Paris and of BG France.

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