As part of the ongoing plans to revitalise the Teatru Salesjan in Tas-Sliema, the 1950s seating, which add flavour to its overall retro look, has been detached from the beautiful turn of the century tiled floor to make way for more versatile events.
The team behind the Teatru Salesjan, which is currently funded by the Arts Council Malta’s Malta Arts Fund, is now launching a new brand, reminiscent to the theatre’s original name, geared towards providing local and international artists a space for music.
We have the pleasure to present Domus: a house for live music.
To launch this venture, the Teatru Salesjan is organising a jazz night, with the participation of The Jazz Combo on Friday, the 1st of April 2016. The auditorium will be transformed into a makeshift jazz bar, complete with tables, to immerse the audience into a relaxed environment best suited to end the week.
The entrance to this event is free of charge. Tables of 4 are to be booked through firstname.lastname@example.org (limited availability). Wine and platters will also be made available from the bar.
The night will feature The Jazz combo who will be opening and launching this venture. Formed in the summer of 2014, the quintet features musicians who are not new to the music scene. All musicians share common interest in the Jazz tradition, the American swing, Bebop/Hard Bop, Latin, Afro Cuban and improvised music. On the night the Jazz Combo will be playing a vast selection of Jazz repertoire together with some arrangements.
The Jazz Combo:
Jes Psaila studied classical guitar for two years in his early years. He turned to electric guitar in his teens with a keen interest in 70’s progressive rock music. Over the years he has been involved in various projects and bands ranging from folk to jazz /fusion ensembles and also music for theatre productions. He now enjoys playing both acoustic and electric guitar having released a self titled solo CD with 6 original compositions in 2014.
Luke Briffa has been playing the drums since his early 20’s and has played and recorded material with various artists, namely Carrie Haber, Alex Alden, Sixth Simfoni, CUSP, Recoil, Renzo Spiteri and Lauro Rossi amongst many others. He has studied music with Kris Spiteri and drum practice studies with Alexander Debono, Massimo de Majo, Piero Borri, and had the opportunity to have lessons with Bill Stewart, Jochen Reuckert, Ted Poor and others. Briffa also forms part of international projects such as The Montaldi Project and The Kikker trio. The artist is currently completing his studies in music education locally and abroad.
Mario Borg is a versatile Musician who feels at home playing both in Jazz and rock set-ups. He has participated in six editions of the Malta Jazz Festival with Johann S Big Band, Noir and Dominic Galea Jazz Ensemble. He has participated in five editions of Rockestra and for many years he was a member of the Freddie Mizzi Big Band. He has collaborated as a session musician with various local bands and singers such as Red Electrick, Airport Impressions, Tribali, Nadine Axisa, Eleonor and others. He is currently a member Of The Rifffs and the working band The Residents. At present he is also studying harmony and Orchestration with Mro Ray Sciberras with whom he has obtained AMus LCM Diploma in music theory.
Sean Borg started playing music around the age of 12 initially taking up the guitar. At age 14 he started studying at the Johann Strauss School of Music where he studied harmony, theory and contemporary guitar. He was later introduced to jazz by his teacher Mr. Manny Busuttil who also began to organise weekly ensemble classes.
In 2010, after a 2 week jazz clinic in Perguia, Italy (at the Umbria Jazz Festival), Sean decided to take up the trumpet which he has been studying with a number of teachers ever since. More recently Sean has begun to get increasingly involved on the local music scene playing in various projects and setups, most notably The Ranch where he also met the combo’s bassist Dean Montanaro.
Dean Montanaro is an electric and upright bass player based in Malta and has been studying music since 2005 with numerous private teachers both from Malta and abroad. While his musical history was heavily rooted in progressive music and more rock-oriented styles, nowadays he enjoys playing mostly in funk, hip-hop and jazz setups while involved in bands and projects including The Jazz Combo and The Ranch among others. The fun of sharing, learning and experiencing music with different people has always been the primary driving force behind what he does.