With due pride North Sea 2002 presents the program La Vita è Bella, a series of concerts in the Rembrandt Zaal, where the Italian jazz scene will present itself to the Netherlands and, given the international character of the festival, the whole world. The programme has a broad interpretation, in which attention is paid to both the Italian avantgarde and lyrical jazz, based on traditional Italian music. Italy has a blooming and undiminished vital jazz culture, in which modern, classical, romantic music and music from the street is closely knit. The first two Italians ascending the stage are alt sax player Sandro Satta and accordionist Antonello Salis. Satta is the Italian master on alt sax, who has, over the years, performed with everything and everyone and passes on his own experience to a new generation of musicians at the Rome conservatory. Salis started his musical odyssey as a child on the accordion, at one point made a radical switch to piano, but rediscovered the accordion in the 1970s.