ABOUT THE RELEASE
“未来 MIRAI” is the first album by italian multi-instrumentalist and composer Beppe Scardino under the moniker of TYTO.
In “未来 MIRAI”, he used every weapon of his musical arsenal: all his
wind instruments (saxophones, flutes, bass clarinet) and all his electronic instruments (drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, vocoders, string machines) to create nocturnal and mysterious music, postmodern and contemporary, with grooves, weird sounds and beautiful voices. The album also features guests Adele Altro, Valeria Sturba, Gabrio Baldacci, Francesco Bigoni and Glauco Benedetti.
“未来 MIRAI” is a record about owls and other animals, about Japan, about dreams, about depression, about inanimate characters, about people we don’t like, about personal evaluations and about how at this point we’re screwed.
Adele Altro beautifully sings the album’s single: “Jerks“. Adele’s vocals are also featured, with a good dose of pitch processing, in “Excessive Empathy“, a song in which we try to define that puzzling state of mind we call “depression”, and in which we meet some stranger sonic characters: an AI singer, a family of whales, some albatrosses, a couple of spectacled owls, two sperm whales and some unanswered questions.
Valeria Sturba co-wrote the cinematic “Yume-chan” creating an incredible vocal arrangement. Valeria also appears in the irreverent and surreal “Mannequin“, the unresolved story of a mannequin’s sexual attraction towards the cleaning lady. This song also sees guests Francesco Bigoni on clarinet and Glauco Benedetti on sousaphone. At one point a band of fifes passes by…
Guitarist Gabrio Baldacci appears in the apocalyptic “Minore” with a visionary guitar solo.
“Extremely versatile baritone saxophonist, bass clarinetist and composer, Beppe Scardino has been for a decade a central figure in the most creative Italian jazz scene” (Angelo Leonardi – All about jazz, 2015)
Eclectic musician with multiple interests, multi-instrumentalist but known for the baritone saxophone, Beppe Scardino has performed more or less every musical genre.
He began his career working mainly in the jazz field: 3 albums as a bandleader, many illustrious collaborations and concerts in the main european festivals of the genre, becoming a prominent figure on the Italian jazz scene.
During this period he had always continued to collaborate with artists of all genres and musical backgrounds – from pop to afro-tuareg music – but since the mid-10s he felt the need for a real change of scenery, which will happen quickly, helped in particular by the collaboration with the Italian funk band, Calibro 35.
Currently he is quite in demand in the italian scene, working, both as an instrumentalist (saxophones, flute, bass clarinet) and as an arranger, with artists such as: Diodato, Calibro 35, Tommaso Colliva, Elisa, Daniele Silvestri, Max Gazzè, Judi Jackson, The Jaded Hearts Club, Mace, Joan Thiele, FASK, The Zen Circus, Bobo Rondelli, Enrico Gabrielli, Dellera, The Winstons, John De Leo, to name a few.
Collaborator for years of trombonist Gianluca Petrella, member of drummer Bobby Previte’s trio Plutino, he has played and recorded with the likes of Tim Berne, Amiri Baraka, Sadiq Bey, Pee Wee Ellis, Bombino, the tuareg group Tartit, Rob Mazurek.
He has released 3 records as a bandleader/composer, of entirely his compositions: the first two with the sextet Orange Room (el gallo rojo records) and the third with a tentet named BS10 (auand).
He is a member of the bands: C’mon Tigre, Dinamitri Jazz Folklore, L’Orchestrino, with whom he performs regularly.