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. Alt sax player Rosario Giuliani, who is coming to The Hague with his own quartet, is the prodigy of the Italian jazz scene. He was only 20 when he graduated cum laude from the Frosinone conservatory, after which his life became one big prize festival. Apart from all these decorations, Giuliani recently received a nice present: a contract with the upright French Dreyfus Jazz label.