Changes 2022: the dates, the shows and the big names

From December 6th to 10th jazz invades the province of Massa Carrara bringing shows both in Costa and in Lunigiana. In fact, it starts on Tuesday 6, in the Municipality of Montignoso, with thePercussion ensemble and vocal ensemble of the “Felice Palma” music high school in Massa. At the Campolonghi Research Center, the students of the Liceo Musicale Palma will retrace, with their energy and enthusiasm, a fundamental piece of the history of jazz through a repertoire composed of pieces by Gershwin, Porter, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea and others, reinterpreted in the original arrangements for percussion ensemble and for vocal ensemble.

Wednesday 7 December we return to Lunigiana, to Aulla, in the Sala delle Muse at Palazzo Centurione, with “Martha J. & Chebat Plays The Beatles” a special concert dedicated to the Fab Four. The singer Martha J. and the pianist Francesco Chebat offer their own personal reading of the great classics of the Liverpool quartet, with arrangements in a jazz key.

Thursday 8 December the Teatro Quartieri di Bagnone will host a Duo that certainly needs no introduction: Javier Girotto and Vince Abbracciante. Saxophonist Javier Girotto, born in Argentina, but protagonist of Italian jazz since the nineties, and the rising star of the accordion Vince Abbracciante offer a fascinating repertoire between jazz, soul and blues: original music, a bridge between southern Italy and South America with neoclassical pieces, free improvisation, melancholy excerpts and expressive refinement that addresses both the soul and introspective thought.

Friday 9 December will be a special occasion not only to listen but also to talk about music. In the Salone Voltato, at the Ethnographic Museum of Lunigiana in Villafranca, it will be presented in national premiere the harmonica breathing of jazz, boxers and popsicles the book of Max DeAloe edited by Blonk and released on November 25th. Gianni Coscia in the afterword to the book writes: “In a kaleidoscope of encounters, images, characters, events, Max does not tell his life, but makes you share in the emotions that have shaped his strong and unmistakable figure of musician. (…) Louis Armstrong very wisely said that if you ask yourself what jazz is, you will never know. Well Max with this book does not explain what jazz is, but with the pleasant and valuable reading of him you will have understood many things and perhaps you will no longer ask yourself this question.

The 2022 calendar closes with a special concert in the Municipality of Carrara. In the centennial year of the birth of the greatest jazz harmonica player of all time, Toots Thielemans, Faraggiana Big Band presents Three Views Of A Secret tribute to Toots Thielemans on the centenary of his birth: a fantastic concert with an ensemble composed by some of the greatest Italian big-band musicians: Wally Allifranchini – Giancarlo Porro – Daniele Gardino – Claudio Guida – Marco Gardino (sax), Emilio Soana – Daniele Moretto – Fabio Buonarota – Camilla Rolando (trumpets ), Rudy Migliardi – Angelo Rolando – Mauro Parodi – Alessio Nava (trombones), Mario Zara (piano), Alessandro Borgini (guitar), Marcello Testa (bass), Nicola Stranieri (drums). This 18-piece big band will present some of the jazz harmonica star’s most beloved tunes: Bluesette, Thielemans’ best-known tune, Henry Mancini’s The Days of wine and roses, Ivan Lins’ Começar de novo, Three views of a secret by Jaco Pastorius, but also space for Ennio Morricone, Stevie Wonder, and some original songs. The arrangements and direction are entrusted to Claudio “Wally” Allifranchini, considered one of the most important jazz arrangers in Italy. Soloist, on chromatic harmonica, Max De Aloe, one of the leading jazz harmonica players in Europe.

Program of side activities

The festival is made up of a set of artistic, cultural and social activities which train young people and adults in the knowledge of the places, support the development of responsible tourism, promote the protection of the socio-cultural identities of the small towns of Lunigiana and the Province of Massa- Carrara. Thanks to the support of local organizations and businesses and collaborating with the museum, library, tourist, educational, advanced training and health systems, it is recognized as a virtuous path capable of activating shared and sustainable cultural, social and economic dynamics. MutaMenti is an opportunity, through the project “Discover and Taste with MutaMenti” – made in collaboration with Sigeric, Farfalle in Cammino, AlterEco, Terre dei Malaspina and Staue Stele Museum System, local producers and the support of several Pro Loco of the territory-, to get to know the province of Massa-Carrara through slow and sustainable tourist itineraries of discovery of its territory. Each stage of the Festival, as usual, is associated with a different “experience”:

3 December visit to the village of Licciana Nardi

December 6 tasting Montepepe winery – relais Montepepe winery & spa Tuscany

December 7, describing San Caprasio: the museum, the church and the tomb – hall (Museum of San Caprasio)

8 December visit to the Archive Museum of memory in Bagnone

9 December visit to the ethnographic museum of Lunigiana “Germano Cavalli”

10 December visit to Palazzo Cybo – Malaspina Di Carrara, seat of the academy of fine arts

New for this 2022 edition are the appointments at the end of the concert with “Hungry for music”: moments of study, sharing and meeting with the protagonists of MutaMenti accompanied by tastings of the typical products that characterize the different places of the Festival. All the information and details on the shows and collateral activities can be consulted on the website The Secretariat of the Institute is also available for clarifications and information at the numbers: 0585816524, 3203306197, 3280734643. Tickets for the shows on 6, 7 and 8 December cost €7.00. The presentation on December 9 is free admission. Tickets for the show on 10 December include: €20.00 stalls, €15.00 boxes, €10 gallery.


Tickets can be purchased:

→ online Vivaticket Italia circuit.

The ticketing links are also present on the website in the specific pages of each single concert.

→ On the evening of the concert, the ticket office is open before the start time of the event at the performance venue.

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