The Mezza/Ginsburg Ensemble appearance will also feature Bel a cappella, a Sydney based chorus directed by the dynamic Anthony Pasquill.

The Convergence features Bel a cappella on a number of its most popular tracks.

Mezza said that he would be arriving in Sydney this week and looks forward “to a jam-packed schedule leading up to our upcoming performances in Sydney, Newcastle, Wodonga, Blue Mountains and Bathurst”.

In a post online, he also shared the welcome news that The Convergence had won Best CD in 2018 in the jazz category of the Indie Acoustic Project Awards.

“A welcome piece of news for us, given the effort that goes into a production like this,” Mezza said.

Grounded in classical piano from a young age, Mezza was soon drawn into the world of improvisation, completing studies at the S. Cecilia Conservatory of Music.  

In addition to performing activities, he continued his jazz development with a focus on advanced jazz education studying under world-renowned artists including Dave Liebman, Franco D’Andrea, John Taylor and many more. 

The Sydney Con International Jazz Festival was formed in 2017.

Artistic Director and Head of the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Studies Program, David Theak, a tireless advocate for jazz in Australia, has created a program which celebrates the very best international, national and local music.

The 2019 program is inclusive, diverse and unique featuring over 100 musicians in 20 masterclasses and concerts.

Nestled in the Royal Botanic Gardens on the spectacular Sydney Harbour, this year’s festival will take advantage of world-class performance facilities of the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music.

With the exception of vocal support, Theak has taken an “acoustic performance philosophy” by selecting artists who perform without amplification so audiences can enjoy the music as it was designed it to be heard.

“The beautiful acoustics of the Conservatorium’s concert halls respond superbly to acoustic instruments and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive from last year’s patrons,” Theak said.

Mezza and Ginsburg’s collaborative project was born as a result of a chance meeting in the USA in 2009. 

Although living on different continents, the Italian and Australian musicians maintained contact and shared material and ideas leading to the development and recording of the project, which was recorded in Rome and will be launched at the festival in Sydney.

For more information visit the Sydney Conservatorium International Jazz Festival’​s website.

With the University of Sydney.