Barrio Jazz Gang



 Stefano Micarelli
Rob Colella

Stefano Micarelli is one of the two members of the band and has grown with the illness of the music. Already to one year his prevailing occupation was to fumble with the 45’s of Tom Jones and theYardbirds, he also listened to the back. Lightened by the jazz he has founded different projects where he forced the musicians to play his tunes and the times that he didn’t do that he played the guitar with Harvie Swartz, George Garzone, Massimo Manzi, Eddie Henderson, Bennie Maupin.He has secretly cultivated, for more than 20 years, a passion for the music programming with the computer. This has flowed into the association with the DJ-producer Rob Colella and in the project of the group Barrio Jazz Gang known in the european and international club-charts. He has recorded several  CDs as a leader, including “My Favourite beats” (with Dynamic 4). Among his most important pop collaborations, is the one with the Orchestra della RAI. In jazz, as well as collaborations with prominent names of the Italian scene (Massimo Urbani, etc.), he has had frequent experiences with overseas musicians, such as George Garzone and Eddie Henderson (who featured in the second cd of  Barrio Jazz Gang on three tracks), with whom he has also recorded CDs, Mike Mainieri and Headhunters’ Benny Maupin.

 Rob Colella, Funky Juice’s record boss has a string of productions to his credit (Barrio Jazz Gang, Panaphonic, Black Bombay, D.J. Spice).Under the “Funky Juice” flag he signed and produced kind of 30 artists since the beginning of the label,  all very well received worldwide, just to name a few: Barrio Jazz Gang, Pauline London, Alacran, Bungalove, etc etc. He also work as a D. J. and his set is a selection of obscure-jazz of the 60’s and 70’,s as well the lightly brazilian bossa-groove and latin cuban beats. He is active also as a remixer and selector of the best cd compilation worldwide.His philosophy about the music is based on few principles that are: feel something special inside, get the right solution to exprime it in new sounds and new beats always being concentrate of what the best was made by the old school of FUNKY, JAZZ, AFRICAN AND WORLD MUSIC.This is the  best way to find new paths, new sensations and solid reasons for  living  a life in respect of selfness and full happiness. What he define as music is a mental content generated by the ears and the brain, responding to external vibrational stimulation. This stimulation cause the musical perception, but are substantially different from it. Being each individual unique, cerebrally and psychologically, each one has its own particular way to respond to the external stimulation, having thus a more or less different experience from the listening of a same music piece. It’s not possible to express objective and absolute judgements about a tune, not existing a reference version of it; in a certain sense there are as many versions as there are listeners. Rob said that the good music always reach the people with the right attitude about it  and created by special emotional experience shared together with the composer. Without empathy between the listener and the composer there is no pleasure and only the spirituality of the music help us to see moments of better life.