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. Aires Tango is proof that Italians do dare peek over their country's borders, that they are willing to absorb immigrants in their own jazz culture. Aires Tango is led by the Argentine Javier Girotto, a talented composer who plays baritone and soprano saxophone as well as bass clarinet. Aires Tango matches tango melodies to improvised music and shows that a marriage between folk music and jazz can result in beautiful babies.