Leo Genovese Trio in Passau: A Melting Pot of Musical Styles

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Experience the eclectic musical journey of the Leo Genovese Trio, as they performed at the Passau Jazz Festival, held at Cafe Museum on 25 July 2023.

Leo Genovese Trio

A Grand Opening Act

The Passau Jazz Festival kicked off in high spirits, following the conclusion of the Inntöne Jazz Festival. The opening act featured Grammy-winning pianist Leo Genovese, known for his work on Wayne Shorter’s final album, Live in Detroit. Genovese is known for his distinct musical style, having collaborated with the likes of Christine Tobin, Phil Robson, Leni Stern, and Franz Hackl.

Leo Genovese

Genovese’s own trio consists of Italian bassist Francesco Marcocci, and Macedonian drummer Aleksandar Petrov. The trio hadn’t played together much since their album release five years ago, making their performance at the Passau Jazz Festival all the more special.

Francesco Marcocci
Aleksandar Petrov

A Fusion of Cultures and Genres

The trio captivated the audience with their powerful set, showcasing their cosmopolitan roots and blending various musical elements. Petrov, for instance, played the tapan, a traditional frame bass drum, adding a unique touch to the performance.

As the evening progressed, the band played tunes that combined Genovese’s Argentinian heritage with Balkan influences, as heard in ‘Macedonsko’. The audience was treated to an unpredictable yet harmonious musical experience.

The Anonymous Quintet: Bridging the Gap Between Jazz and Renaissance

In the second set, the trio was joined by Heinrich von Kalnein on tenor and soprano saxes, and Winfried Hackl on recorders, forming ‘The Anonymous Quintet’. The additional musicians demonstrated that the gap between jazz and renaissance music can be surprisingly narrow.

Heinrich von Kalnein
Winfried Hackl

The quintet’s repertoire spanned from a saltarello to originals by von Kalnein, a prominent figure in the Austrian music scene. The inclusion of the recorder changed the timbre of the performance, adding a unique dimension to the jazz ensemble.

A Convergence of Musical Currents in Passau

The intimate setting of Cafe Museum, with its red Steinway piano, provided the perfect stage for the Leo Genovese Trio and their guests. In Passau, where three major European rivers meet, a multitude of musical currents came together, offering a memorable night for all jazz enthusiasts.

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About Me

I’m Dr. Miles Beaumont from the charming town of York in the UK. I’ve spent over three decades as a medical doctor, helping people and contributing to important research. I graduated from Oxford University, and ever since, I’ve devoted myself to improving the health and lives of others.

When I’m not practicing medicine, you’ll find me soaking up the world of jazz music. It’s been a passion of mine since I turned 30, and I’ve been an active part of York’s jazz scene ever since. Whether it’s going to local gigs, listening to records at home, or just enjoying the rhythmic and improvisational magic of jazz, it’s a big part of who I am.