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. Besides child prodigies like Rosario Giuliani and Stefano Di Battista, Italy also has its share of musicians who fulfill the role of what could be termed father figure. Gianluigi Trovesi is the éminence grise of Italian jazz, a musician who feels at home on almost all saxophones and clarinets. A reed player pur sang, who on top of all that also writes beautiful pieces. This time, Trovesi is giving a concert as a clarinet player together with accordionist Gianni Coscia, with whom he released Radici. There's a lot going on at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2002, but those who stay near this Italian stage all night will be rewarded with the true La Vita è Bella feeling.