is an eclectic and international ensemble of well-established musicians Boston-based. The ensemble is led by Italian 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.
PHOTO BY SAM DULAY BRUCE. Boston, July 2018.
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
******* Upcoming new album release in 2019! *******
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.