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JUNE 21st – 25th 2017


COMO – ITALY

Where music and dance are united in the same soul

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The Festival

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After a year off, Swing Crash is back in Como next June to celebrate its first 10th Anniversary. The swing world is looking forward to come back in Como for a week full of music, dance and culture. Swing Crash is now considered one of the most important authentic jazz event in the world, focusing its attention in preserving the music and dance of the swing era in a vintage atmosphere.

Every year Swing Crash hosts many world wide famous artists to perform and share their passion at the festival.

Swing Crash Festival is organized by the Swing Crash association. Among its goals, the association wants to keep the festival alive in Como area. Vincenzo Fesi and Isabella Gregorio are the artistic directors of the event. They are both world-renowned dancers and they are the founders of the festival. Vincenzo and Isabella are the one responsible of the great success of Swing Crash. Hundreds of dancers from all over the planet attend the event and spend a week in Como, because of Vincenzo and Isabella’s work in spreading the word of Swing Crash Festival wherever they are.

Swing Crash is much more than a jazz festival. Swing Crash is an event that turns Como in a magical place. It is an event that lives of the energy of different cultures and generations who gather together to live a week out of time in an unique setting such as Lake Como.

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The Art Direction

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Vincenzo Fesi and Isabella Gregorio are internationally renown dancers. They teach and perform all over the world.

“Absolute shooting-stars, masters of movement. Vincenzo and Isabella Regularly elicit thunderous applause from audiences Their “ wrote of them Marcus Koch.

They are specialized in several dance styles from the 1920s until the early ’60s; from Charleston and Lindy Hop to Funky and Soul.

Vincenzo and Isabella started to dance when they were still kids. They coupled up in 2002 and since then they worked and studied together to achieve the goal of preserving swing dance in its authentic form.

Vincenzo and Isabella won several national and international competitions. With different partners both Vincenzo  and Isabella won a Boogie Woogie World Cup. Vincenzo won with his former partner a Boogie Woogie European Championship. Isabella won the International Lindy Hop Championship in Washington, D.C., one of the most prestigious competitions nowadays. Vincenzo and Isabella won a bronze medal and a silver medal at the World Lindy Hop Championship. They choreographed Dancing with the Stars on Rai 1. They have been special guest at Strictly come Dancing, performing a charleston number.

In May 2009, they were guests at Frankie 95 in New York City, the event organized to celebrate Frankie Manning’s 95th birthday.

Vincenzo is also an actor and we can see him in the leading role in the film Lago di Seta produced by 02film and directed by Renee George.

A great part of Swing Crash success is also due to the positive and special spirit that the two were able to give to the event and the fact that Vincenzo and Isabella speak about Como and Swing Crash wherever they teach and perform.

Artists

The artists list is constantly changing. For the 10th Anniversary will inspire us:

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Sakarias Larsson

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Sakarias Larsson, or Zacke, was born in a small town in the Southwest of Sweden. Eventually he was introduced to swing dancing and started competing from a young age. Although succesful in competitions he was still a novice when he caught the attention of world famous swing dance troupe the Rhythm Hot Shots at the…

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Shirt Tail Stompers

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The Shirt Tail Stompers have quickly been recognised as one of Europe’s best social dance bands. Formed in 2010 for the London Lindy Exchange and led by Trumpeter Steve Coombe, they have played numerous dance camps and shows throughout Europe. They have a passion for swing music and movement, with their extensive knowledge and experience of social…

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Giorgio Cuscito

Saxophonist

BIOGRAFIA di Giorgio Cuscito (Roma, 1965) Pianista, sassofonista, vibrafonista, arrangiatore e compositore, è tra i massimi esponenti italiani del jazz mainstream e tradizionale. Ha partecipato a numerosi festival e a migliaia di concerti di rilevanza nazionale ed internazionale. E’ tra i più attivi musicisti della scena jazz e swing romana. GLI STUDI Ha cominciato lo…

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Pontus Persson

Teacher & Dancer

Pontus Persson has been dancing since he was 5 years old, actively competing (since the age of 6) and started teaching professionally as a 16-year old. After graduating, he moved to Stockholm in 2008 to evolve his dancing with the show company Harlem Hot Shots. He has since then been spreading the dance through shows,…

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Tomelleri Big Band

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Inizia come autodidatta, appassionandosi al jazz sin da giovane; si trasferisce poi a Milano, dove entra in contatto con Bruno De Filippi, con cui si esibisce in alcune formazioni (ad esempio i Windy City Stompers) in locali milanesi come il Santa Tecla. Nel 1959 entra nei Cavalieri, con Enzo Jannacci al pianoforte, Gianfranco Reverberi al…

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NP Big Band

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The NP Big Band, an orchestra of 17 musicians, was born in 2008 to play Swing Music of the great American orchestras of the 30s and 40s. The repertoire is mainly inspired from the orchestras of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw. The NP Big Band has become a point of reference for all…

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Remy Kouakou Kouame

Teacher & Dancer

Remy Kouakou Kouame (FR) fell into the Swing Pot at an early age. As an established competitor, he earned many awards such as the French and the World Boogie Woogie Championship. Remy is an established teacher for many years now. He regularly travels around the world to share his passion and knowledge. His approach to Swing…

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Hornsgatan Ramblers

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Hornsgatan Ramblers is a jazz band from Stockholm Sweden. Their main focus is set on rhythm and swing, from the more or less legal ballrooms of New York in the thirties and forties. With the bands’ own adaptations and arrangements of the music of jazz giants such as Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Cab Calloway and Charlie…

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Katja Hrastar

Teacher & Dancer

Katja Završnik started dancing at the age of 5 and through the years studied various forms of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Ballroom, Gymnastics and Acrobatic Rock and Roll for 9 years. Since 2005 she has focused on early American dances from the Jazz age and Swing era, such as the Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, Charleston, St….

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Hector & Sonia

Teachers & Dancers

Hector and Sonia, a professional Lindy Hop couple (Swing Dancers). They both teach Lindy Hop on a regular basis, every day in Barcelona and in recent years have been partly responsible for promoting the success of the Lindy Hop boom nationally. With a joint experience of over 31 years teaching (Sonia 19 years and Hector…

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Shakin’All

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Ready to dance without rest? Ready to enjoy the wildest swing? Shakin’ All will take you to the world of vintage music, a territory on the border between Jazz, Swing, Rock n‘ Roll and Gospel. A fun concert, with the rhythms of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.   You’ll hear songs by Louis Jordan, Ray…

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Mimmi & Fredrik

Teachers & Dancers

Mimmi & Fredrik represent a young generation of Lindy Hoppers. They live in Stockholm, Sweden and are very active in the social dance scene. In 2012 they became members of the famous dance performance troupe Harlem Hot Shots. Between rehearsals and regular teaching at Chicago Swing dance Studio, they travel to perform and teach around…

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Gian Piero Lo Piccolo

Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, arranger.

Gian Piero began playing the Alto Sax as a self-taught at the age of 4. He graduated with honors in saxophone at the Conservatory “Vincenzo Bellini” (Palermo) in 1995 and in Jazz Music in 2001. In 1999, Gian Piero gained the title “Grade 8 Saxophone” at The Associated Board The Royal Schools of Music; in…

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Jenny Thomas

Teacher & Dancer

Jenny Thomas started dancing at the tender age of 4. She is a qualified Ballet and Tap teacher, All England Tap Champion for 3 consecutive years and has been working in the professional show biz world since she was 9 years old. She has been part of the Lindy Hop Community since 1992. Having studied…

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Vincenzo Fesi

Teacher & Dancer

Vincenzo Fesi is a Swing dancer worldwide recognised. As a real globetrotter, he teaches and performs all over Europe, Australia and Asia. Since 2006 he teaches at the famous Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden . He is also the director of one of the most popular festival in the world: Swing Crash Festival (alongside Isabella…

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Isabella Gregorio

Teacher & Dancer

Isabella Gregorio is a well-known international dancer. She teaches and performs around the globe, exhilarating students and audiences of all ages. Isabella is often mentioned as one of the top three followers of the world. She is well known for her crazy style and her great expression. Her professional career started in Italy 2002, with…

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Luca Filastro

Pianist & Composer

Luca Filastro, pianista e compositore, considerato fra i massimi esponenti dello stile Stride Piano. Scopre la sua vocazione musicale all’età di 5 anni grazie ai dischi di Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechete Louis Armstrong. Intraprende studi classici arrivando al conseguimento del diploma in pianoforte con il massimo dei voti all’età di 19 anni….

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  • 21.30 Martedi 20 / Tuesday 20th

    Celebrating Swing Crash: Meet the Scene, Fresco Cocktail Shop

  • 21.30 Mercoledì 21 / Wednesday 21st

    Grand Opening with Professor Cunningham, Lido di Bellagio

  • from 11:00 to 04.30 Giovedì 22 / Thursday 22nd

    11.00 Dance Camp Registrations – C/o Palestra Negretti: Via dei Partigiani, 8 Como
    13.00 Dance Camp: Audition / Audizione (advance level only) – C/o Palestra Negretti: Via dei Partigiani, 8 Como
    13.30 Dance Camp Opening Meeting
    14.00 Dance Classes
    18.00 Giorgio Cuscito & the International Jazz All Stars KRUDO Bistrò in piazza Volta

    Piazza Cavour
    20.30 Record Hop Early Rhythm ‘n’ Blues
    21.30 Tomelleri Big Band and guests: Remembering Benny Goodman at the Carnegie Hall
    22.15 Record Hop: From Swing to Rhythm ’n’ Blues
    22.30 Teachers Presentation
    22.45 Tomelleri Big Band and guests: Remembering Benny Goodman at the Carnegie Hall
    00.00 The end
    00.30 Gian Piero Lo Piccolo featuring Giorgio Cuscito + Professor Cunningham, MADE night club

  • from 11:00 to 04:30 Venerdì 23 / Friday 23rd

    11.00 Dance Camp Registrations – C/o Palestra Negretti: Via dei Partigiani, 8 Como
    13.30 Dance Camp: Audition / Audizione (advance level only) – C/o Palestra Negretti: Via dei Partigiani, 8 Como
    14.00 Dance Classes
    18.00 Giorgio Cuscito & the International Jazz All Stars KRUDO Bistrò in piazza Volta

    Piazza Cavour
    20.30 Record Hop: Remembering Chick Webb
    21.30 Shakin’ All from Spain
    22.15 Record Hop: Remembering Count Basie
    22.30 World Dance Battle Championship
    23.00 Shakin’ All from Spain
    00.00 The end
    00.30 Hornsgatan Ramblers from Sweden MADE night club + Classic Lindy Challenge

  • from 13:00 to 04:30 Sabato 24 / Saturday 24th

    11.50-13.50 Followers Only Track – C/o Palestra Negretti: Via dei Partigiani, 8 Como
    13.00 Dance Camp Registrations – C/o Palestra Negretti: Via dei Partigiani, 8 Como
    13.30 Dance Camp: Audition / Audizione (advance level only) – C/o Palestra Negretti: Via dei Partigiani, 8 Como
    14.00 Dance Classes
    18.00 Giorgio Cuscito & the International Jazz All Stars, KRUDO in piazza Volta

    Piazza Cavour
    20.30 Record Hop Early Rhythm ‘n’ Blues
    21.30 NP Big Band
    22.15 Record Hop 50’s Big Band
    22.45 The Show with the NP Big Band
    23.00 NP Big Band
    00.00 The end
    00.30 Shirt Tail Stompers from England MADE night club  + Solo Jazz Challenge

  • from 13:30 to 04:30 Domenica 25 / Sunday 25th

    13.30 Dance Camp Registrations – C/o Palestra Negretti: Via dei Partigiani, 8 Como
    14.00 Dance Classes
    18.00 Giorgio Cuscito & the International Jazz All Stars, KRUDO in piazza Volta

    Piazza Cavour
    20.30 Record Hop: Big Bands Era
    21.30 Shirt Tail Stompers
    22.15 Record Hop: Big Bands Era
    22.45 Shirt Tail Stompers
    00.00 The end
    00.30 All Stars Jamming MADE night club

  • 21.30 Lunedì 26/ Monday 26th

    The Last Man Standing Party Fresco Cocktail Shop, Viale Lecco

Swing Crash Festival 2017 Program

(The program and the line-up is subject to changes without previous notice)

Registrations:

The following button is just for the workshop. The after-party and opening night need to be paid separately.
The Followers Only track is not included in the Full Pass Package.

Dance Camp

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The boat will depart at 7pm on June 21st
Registrations for the boat and the bus for Grand Opening are now closed. You can still come with your own transportation at Lido.

All the contestants need to fill the form

It is no longer possible to register for some of the after-parties. The people already registered have to show up at the door not later than 1.30am. After that your registration is no longer valid and your spot will be given to the people in line.

General Information:
Dance Camp Registrations: Palestra Negretti (via Partigiani 8);
Dance Camp Classes: Collegio Gallio Level Intermediate (Via Barelli), Palestra Negretti Level Advanced (via Partigiani 8), Pallacanestro Como/Palestra Ronchetti Level Improvers (Via Giulini 22);
Aperitivo Swing: Krudo Bistro, Piazza Volta;
Free Concerts: Piazza Cavour, Como;
After-party and in case of rain (cover charge): Made Club (Via S. Abbondio 7);
Pre-Party (June 20th): Fresh Cocktail Shop, Viale Lecco;
Grand Opening Night (June 21)(cover charge): Lido di Bellagio, Bellagio (in case of Rain Made Night Club)
Post-Party (June 26): Fresh Cocktail Shop, Viale Lecco.

News of the Festival!

1. The Registration Form for the competition is now active


2. After-Party: at the moment the only way to enter at the after-party is cueing at MADE NIGHT CLUB. If anyone already registered will not show up, we will open to the people cueing until we reach the capacity of he venue;


3. Registrations for the Boat and the Bus for Bellagio will open at 5pm at gelateria Al Molo (via Lungo Lario Trieste 9). Only for people who have been accepter already;


4. In case of rain the Grand Opening will take place at Made Night Club. The captain of the boat will take the decision at 1pm of June 21st 2017.

With the contribution and collaboration of Comune di Como

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