PERICOPES Parma (Italy)

Emiliano Vernizzi, 1978, saxes
Alessandro Sgobbio, 1982, piano

Winner of the Conad Jazz Contest 2013

The Periscopes first came together in 2007 to work on an idea by pianist Alessandro Sgobbio and sax player Emiliano Vernizzi. They immediately embarked upon an extensive concert programme which saw them awarded a number of acknowledgements, including the first prize in the prestigious Padova Carrarese (with a jury headed by Paolo Fresu) and released their first double album “The Double Side” (RAM Records). They were subsequently noted in the Top Jazz 2012 rankings drawn up by the Italian Music Jazz magazine, and later won first prize at the Conad Jazz Contest.
From that moment on their career has taken off even more convincingly. At first with the album “Frames” (2014, PJF Records), then the following year with “These Human Beings” (2015, AlfaMusic), recorded in New York as part of the Periscopes+1 project in collaboration with the American drummer Nick Wright. This was followed by two American and four European tours and over one hundred concerts in the US, France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the UK, Switzerland and Holland. At the same time, they took part in major events - including the Gateshead Jazz Festival (UK), Jazz Pas Grave e UNESCO International Jazz Day (Paris), Burg Jazz (DE), Graz Jazznacht (AU) — and performed in as many great clubs worldwide, from the Shapeshifter Lab in New York to the A-Trane in Berlin.
In 2017 “Legacy” (Auand Records) - a new publication of the +1 production - was very well reviewed and was accompanied by two European tours, with over 30 dates even in 2018 in Italy, the UK and Germany. In January this year they released their fourth album as a due, “What what”, for the Swedish label Unit Records.