is an eclectic and international ensemble of Boston-based musicians, led by drummer and composer Giuseppe Paradiso. The original music performed by Meridian 71 is characterized by a very distinctive and unique voice, as a result of the encounter between musicians of different countries and the extensive research into various music traditions and cultures. Influences range from jazz and improvised music to European, African and Middle Eastern traditions.
Mark Zaleski: alto & soprano sax, flute and clarinet Utar Artun: piano & keyboards Jussi Reijonen: fretted & fretless guitars, oud Galen Willett: fretted & fretless elec. bass Giuseppe Paradiso: drums, percussion & compositions Malick Ngom: West African drums
The ensemble has been active since 2012, releasing that same year the first album "Otherness Collection", featuring all original compositions by G. Paradiso and an international roster of musicians.
Burcu Gulec – voice (Turkey) Mark Zaleski – sax soprano and alto, flute, clarinet (United States) Hagai Perets – guitar (Israel) Utar Artun – piano, keyboards (Turkey) Greg Feingold – upright and elec. fretless bass (United States) Andrew Dow – elec. bass (United States) Yuriana Sobrino – percussion (Mexico) Giuseppe Paradiso – drums, percussion & compositions (Italy) Recorded in Boston, MA (USA) by Alex Munoz and Javier G.F. Escudero.
This album was also inspired by a collaboration with philosopher Dr. Francesco Paradiso, leading at exploring the ethical implications of the encounter between the practice of world jazz music and the philosophical concept of otherness.