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Cari connazionali, dear Colleagues and dear Friends of Italy, Spring has just started and with the flowers blossoming and the days lengthening, I am pleased to welcome you all to a new season of cultural events promoted by the Consulate of Italy in Cape Town. Among other things, October will see a Jazz Concert and a Conference on Italian Design, while along the month of November we will host the Italian Film Festival and a week-long celebration of Italian Cuisine Excellence; finally, in December we will have our traditional Christmas Concert. And several events are already planned for the beginning of next year, particularly in February and March! I hope that what we prepared will meet your expectations, and that many of you will participate and broaden the Italian network in Cape Town.

The first of the mentioned events is a Jazz Concert that will take place next Oct. 7, from 6pm. I believe it is interesting to keep exploring new venues and areas in town, therefore this time we thought to hold it at The Palms center, in Woodstock. Before the concert, it will be possibile to roam through the contemporary art gallery SMAC and the antique furniture showroom Onsite, while sipping Woodstock Gin drinks, Aperol and Campari spritzs. In addition, the Italian cheese maker PugliaCheese will have a tasting stand and the Italian coffee importer Emozione will provide an espresso corner to make sure you don’t get sleepy after the drinks! Now, let’s come to concert itself, a new album of original compositions intitled Thinking beats where mind dies, by Danilo Gallo (winner of the Top Jazz Prize as best bass player awarded by L’Académie du Jazz in France) with his quartet Dark Dry Tears.

Danilo Gallo, an eclectic, creative, brave and curious bass player, puts together this internationally renown quartet combining Francesco Bearzatti (also winner of the Top Jazz Prize as best saxophonist), a lifelong friend of Tinissima 4et, Francesco Bigoni (internationally known and resident in Denmark), co-adventurer of the collective El Gallo Rojo, both on clarinet and tenor sax, and Riccardo Tosi at the drums. It’s a double voice frontline, in which Danilo Gallo gives sound to his innermost soul: sad, punk-grunge, retro rock and melodic.

Thinking beats where mind dies

  • Danilo Gallo – electric bass, bass VI
  • Francesco Bearzatti – tenor sax, clarinet
  • Francesco Bigoni – tenor sax, clarinet
  • Riccardo Tosi – drums

The whole event – which is made possible through the collaboration of Musica per Roma and the support of CAPAGO Cape Town – should last till around 9pm. The Palms provide secure parking for R20.

I hope to see many of you at The Palms to start the season in full swing!

Please kindly RSVP (for seating and catering purposes) at segreteria.capetown@esteri.it 

With my kindest regards,

Alfonso Tagliaferri

Consul of Italy  

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