"Mosquitoes, lots of mosquitoes. The burning heat of the sun on stage making the artists and me sweat. I try to capture some expression that does not seem exhausted. These are the only negative aspects that come to mind when I think about what this year's JazzReFound Festival has been. I discovered JRF very late, as the fesitval has existed for 11 years. It was born as a project for the diffusion of avant-garde musicians and embodies the recent processes of integration between various musical genres. Such as; Jazz, electronic, acoustic, laptop music, rock, electro pop, rhythms or grooves with black and psychedelic facets (influences). Inspired by festivals such as Sonar (Spain), Jazz Montreux (France), Big Chill (England), or North Sea Jazz (Holland). The Italian festival enriches the wide range of music with initiatives that highlight the territory and its culture. In short, an event not to be missed if you are in Northern Italy in June. As soon as I discovered this year's line-up, I sent a hopeful email to the communication team asking if I could be accredited as a photographer. It was hard to infiltrate the production without knowing anyone, but so much so. I did it, brazenly. I'm reluctant to make requests, to invade spaces and this, inevitably, penalizes me. This time, however, it was different, I was able to walk on stage, talk to artists, shoot freely from close up, without ladders, without limitations of time and space. I was able to cut loose with my Nikon D700. A lot of desire to take home some wicked shots. Needless to say, it felt great! I think the big concerts, in those giant stadiums, with more than 300,000 screaming fans bring on such a wave of adrenalin – the sheer size of it all. They’re moments to be remembered forever, sure. Then there are those intimate concerts - acoustic or not, surrounded by nature. It's sounds, immersed in the twilight that makes a small village, a UNESCO world heritage site, shimmer. It these concerts, these experiences, that enrich your soul. The JRF does just this. There’s a woeful melancholy when it ends, but at the same time you’re beaming and ecstatic because you know that next Summer, you’ll get to do it all over, and it will be even better. To the question "what was your favorite show?" I already know what to say: Chassol, French composer and musician, inventor of the 'Ultrascore', that kind of music you have to dig for. Listen, see up close, photograph. Three reasons that allowed me to live a unique experience in its intensity. If like me you have two passions, music and photography, this can be the most beautiful work in the world - Chiara
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Coverage dating back to August, 2018.