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"...one of the most interesting violinists nowadays on the international scene, capable of browsing around different sounds and genres without ever losing his unmistakable style." la Repubblica (Italy)

"Held in the gorgeous bandshell of Mears Park downtown, [the Twin Cities Jazz Festival] includes...the international, freewheeling talents of Joshua Redman [and the Bad Plus], Delfeayo Marsalis, Francisco Mela & Cuban Safari, Araya Orta Latin Jazz Quartet and the Luca Ciarla Quartet." The New York Times (Usa)

"Fundamentally defining the band is Ciarla's swooping, soaring, laughing, crying, lyrical violin, which can swap between childlike elation and grown-up intensity, bar by bar." John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

"Luca Ciarla has wooed the classical, jazz and folk crowds with his originality." Cover Magazine (Hong Kong)

"Luca Ciarla is an artist from Molise with a cosmopolite soul. Around the strings of his violin his gypsy touch blends with jazz, classical and folk sonorities, creating fun and funny restless music. Informal and casual, easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path." Vera Lisi, Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italy)

"Playing in 'real time' against one or more repeated samples provides an approach to 'music with repetitive structures' (the phrase that Philip Glass prefers to the less-informative word 'minimalism') that can be achieved by a soloist whose technical skills extend to the demands of the sampler. It also requires cultivating a skill for identifying the samples that should be captured and using them to their most imaginative advantage. Luca Ciarla is a soloist with those skills." Stephen Smoliar, The San Francisco Examiner (Usa)

"If you want to label him you could say that he is a jazz musician, but his composite music education and his denial of mainstream jazz, make him much, and fortunately, unclassifiable." Ciro De Rosa, Blogfoolk (Italy)

"The evening was enriched by the presence of Luca Ciarla, virtuoso violinist from Termoli, invited by Daniele Sepe to join the band for the latest songs in the lineup. An 'improvisation' which merged with the exciting rhythms offered by the band." Primonumero (Italy)

"With the support of a loop machine and his violin, Luca Ciarla bares his soul and the possibilities of the instrument, creating a contemporary work of other times. From the interpretation of the Lucignolo theme to the traditional Bella Ciao played in folk-jazz style, there is no mere technical show off but a steady balance between lightness and refinement." Francesca Grispello, Ferro & Tabacco (Italy)

"The music of the Luca Ciarla Quartet cannot be labeled. It is neither jazz or classical, contemporary or folk. It contains elements of all these styles and even more, but the most prominent characteristic is imaginative power. It is music with color and feeling. Music without limits." Elretha Britz, Volksblad (South Africa)