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Big Sur, Milano 2000, Schema Easy Series, Sensible, Strategic



Alessandro Magnanini, Anna Clementi, Antonio Figura New York Trio, Arcari-Corsi-Salis, Artless, Balanço, Beat Out Shrine, Benny Bailey, Cabaret Noir, Cabildo's Three, The Carmen McRae, Chalga Band, The Charles Hilton Brown, Cheikh Lo, Christian Prommer's Drumlessons Plays The Dining Rooms, Combogranata, Conte & Petrella, Cristina Zavalloni, Crookers, Daniela Diakova, The Dining Rooms, The Doctor Abstract, Double Beat, Drumagick, Enrico Intra Trio, Eraldo Volonte', Fade Out Vision, Fez Combo, FragmentOrchestra, Franco D'Andrea, Franco Tonani, Free Flow, Gerardo Frisina, Gerardo Frisina Introduces Emily Jones, Gianni Cazzola Trio, Giorgio Azzolini, Hana B, Il Trio Di Romano Mussolini, Intensive Jazz Sextet, Jacques Pelzer Quartet, The Jazz Convention, Johnny Griffin, Jubilee Shouters, Karl Drewo / Clarke - Boland Big Band, Karl Drewo meets Francy Boland, Kenny Clarke - The Francy Boland Big Band,  The Kenny Clarke - Francy Boland Sextet, Koom.H, Lee Colbert, Les Hommes, Les Moko', Liguori - Stratos - Stocchi, Lorenzo Tucci, Madreblu, Mario Biondi & The High Five Quintet, Mascarimirì,Mitoka Samba, Moni Ovadia, TheaterOrchestra, Moon On The Water, Neos, Nicola Conte, Noorda, Origami, Paolo Achenza Trio, Paolo Fedreghini, Paolo Fedreghini & Marco Bianchi, Parov Stelar, Patrizia Di Malta, Paul & Mark, Periferico, Pietro Ciancaglini, Quartetto Gianni Basso, Quartetto Lo Greco, Quartetto Moderno, Quintetto Lo Greco, Quintetto X, The RAah Project, Renato Sellani Trio, Rhapsòdija Trio, Rosalia De Souza, Rosario Giuliani Quartetto, S-Tone Inc, Sahib Shihab, The Sahib Shihab Quintet, Salvo, Schema Sextet, Sem'bro, Sentieri Selvaggi, Sepiatone, Sissy Atanassova, Soulstance, Sound Advice, Stefano Ghittoni, Steve Evans, Stormy Six, Straight Beat, Street Jazz Unit, Toco, Tommasi Trio, Tsunami, Valdambrini - Piana Quintet, Vibrazioni Productions, Vincent Dalschaert, Vrabcèta, Vuca, VV.AA, Was A Bee, Yalda...

Modern Sound From Italy !

Music, like life, has many shades which make it more interesting and worth living for.

People can share the experiences and from these bonds great synergies can born like the ones between Davide Rosa & Luciano Cantone. They have opposite characters yet share a similar approach towards life which has become the starting point of their work.

Like most great stories, why and how certain events come together can't really be explained like the value of innocent gestures that create those but/if situations. Hadn't Luciano brought his drum set to Davide's studio...
Music is passion, it’s an expression of our creativity.

A real artist can be considered someone that can express its deepest fears and hopes through sounds able to play these delicate keys within us.

Luciano Cantone's project starts right from this, to establish a music production that primarily considers what is artistic about making music itself therefore allowing this musical growth and expansion.

This initial step was the creation of Edizioni Ishtar which was later followed by Family Affair Distribution in the early '90s giving a start to the an Italian electronic scene worldwide.

A very fundamental part to all this is Davide Rosa, Ishtar executive producer and co-founder. This is the strong bond that keeps the idea of this label running, it creates a constant exchange of ideas that result in the many new successful productions.

And all this is because of a simple gesture when Luciano, working in distribution, at the same time started to rent a small space to play his drums at Davide's recording studio close by where he could play his drums.

Today Family Affair distributes labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Defected, Compost, Ubiquity, Ninja Tune, Soul Jazz and F-Communications in Italy, and it also distributes Ishtar productions worldwide.

Luciano's jazz influence gave birth to the first and the most representative Ishtar label Schema and the start of two great artistic relationship with Nicola Conte, producer & influence to the Schema sound, and Gerardo Frisina, virtually a living music encyclopedia.

This extensive knowledge brought then to the creation of Rearward, a label concerned with jazz music between the 60s & 70s, which includes re-stamped editions of artists from that period.

This happened thanks to the friendship with the jazz producer Gigi Campi (R.I.P.).

Still considered as the main source of inspiration for all Schema’s music, Campi gave to Luciano & Davide the opportunity to continue his work entrusting them with his precious jazz catalogue (Campi-Cawoo) of the greatest European jazz orchestra of those years, The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band and of all the musicians which gravitated around it such as Johnny Griffin, Sahib Shihab, Benny Bailey, Karl Drewo and many others.

The creation of good music requires knowledge of music itself and love for all of its shades. This brought Davide & Luciano to broaden their horizons and create new parallel projects to be produced in relevant containers (Milano 2000, Big Sur, Sensible).

Neo born Summer Dawn is the new amazing chapter of Davide and Luciano’s adventure, exploring more indie territories and offering itself as alternative to the much appreciated Schema sound.


Contemporaneously with the launch of Summer Dawn, Edizioni Ishtar will further expand its range of action, with the intention of creating an “industry of sounds”, inside a brand-new recording studio.. It’s contrived for the purpose of becoming a logistic base for all the Ishtar productions, expanding its sound horizons in collaboration with up-and-coming national and international producers.


Recording studio, label and distribution will offer a kind of “all in-house” service to the music scene of our country, directing the attention to the international market and giving a privileged support to new artists.