Esperanto is the fruit of an idea of Luca Falomi, a young and eclectic guitarist and composer, and his collaboration with Riccardo Barbera, a versatile and creative double bass player and composer. The name Esperanto was inspired by the international language of the same name, which was created at the end of the 1800s from the union of latin, romance, germanic, slav and oriental languages; using these to create a new vocabulary. Esperanto literally means “Hope” (speranza, in Italian). It was an attempt to encourage different peoples to converse, thus seeking to bring peace and understanding, thanks to the use of a second, simple, yet expressive, language, which belonged to the whole of humanity, not just one nation; a language which values minority languages, otherwise destined to become extinct.
The artistic ties between Falomi and Barbera, both composers of great sensitivity who, from the beginning, have been interested in sonority and the mixing of musical genres, have lead them to work together on their respective recordings (Sober, by Luca Falomi, and Aymara, by Riccardo Barbera), as well as composing original material together; the fruit of a shared musical vision, similar artistic experiences, and an innate synergy.
Completing the ensemble is Rodolfo Cervetto, a drummer of rare sensitivity and creativity, who, from the very beginning, was in harmony with the nature of the project.
The trio’s language is that of original instrumental music in which, as with the Esperanto language, different languages meet, from jazz to World music, by way of experimental and avantguard music. Both melody and improvisation find their space within the compositions, which are far from clichéd and which synthesise new sound vocabularies and world music.
A live performance by Esperanto is highly evocative, being characterised by close interplay between the musicians, which is both captivating and emotional. In each performance, the original compositions are alternated with new interpretations of pages of internationally well-known instrumental music; a journey beyond space, place and time, which is capable of taking the listener by the hand and guiding them on an exploration of new worlds and new sounds.
The Esperanto trio released its first CD, of the same name, in June 2020, published by the Japanese label DaVinci Publishing. Characterised by refined compositions which none-the-less leave ample space for improvisation. The album, whilst having a strong acoustic matrix, and being in the style of jazz for harmonic and soloistic choices, has a broad musical air which places the music between world music and avant garde. Recorded by the celebrated sound engineer Marco Canepa, the album boasts the presence of two very special guests: Javier Girotto on Saxaphone, and Fausto Beccalossi on accordian.