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. Antonello 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. After performing as accordionist with alt sax player Sandro Satta. we find Salis back as a pianist in the PAF Trio, a collaborative effort with Paolo Fresu, one of the greatest Italian trumpet players, and bass player Furio Di Castri. The almost telepathic manner of this trio's performance is a feast for the eye and ear.