The group is based on the cooperation between Tom Severino on piano,
moog and hammond and Alex Severino on guitar. All compositions are
originals except for the odd cover we sometimes like to reharmonize and
show a new take on. The compositions are mostly influenced by other
contemporary music artists and Impressionistic classical composers.
The quartet uses a formula that goes back to the roots of Jazz sound as
it sticks to the basics in all the instruments. However it also includes
a sense of fusion tradition through the use of the Moog synthesizer
which provides the necessary electronic colour. So, it uses a clean
sound of both the piano and the guitar which come alive in Parker-like
unisons mixed with impressionistic polyphony.
This results in a combination of composition and improvisational
modernity with a fully clean traditional Jazz sound, the latter
uncharacteristic of contemporary Jazz. It is an innovative serious
European music from the XXI century suitable for Jazz podia as well as
classical concert halls.
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Simon de Bruijn - drums
Lukas Baumann - bass
Ines Severino - cover art
Tom Severino studied piano at the conservatories of Lisbon and Faro as
well as at the Hot Club in Lisbon. In the 80s he worked for EMI-Records,
in Lisbon as a composer, arranger and producer. He was the composer and
singer at the Portuguese National Festival and performed in several
television programs. Tom composed, arranged and produced for
Vidisco-Records/EMI-Studios in Lisbon.
He studied harmony and improvisation with Dutch pianist Rob Madna. As a pianist he performed on Nederland 2 TV channel.
In 2004 he and his son Alex started the Severino Quartet. This group was
presented live in May 2006 at the renowned Deer Head Inn, Delaware
Water Gap, Pennsylvania, USA.
Alex Severino started to study the guitar at the age of 11. In the same
year he started his studies of Jazz guitar as an autodidact and of
harmony with his father Tom Severino. From his 19 on, he has performed
in various ensembles.
In 2004 he and Tom started the Severino Quartet. This group was
presented live for the first time at the renowned Deer Head Inn,
Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., in May 2006.
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