Double bass player/composer, Matteo Bortone is making a name for himself among the rising talents of the newest jazz generation, not only as an instrumentalist but also as a composer and bandleader, expecially after being awarded as “Best New Talent 2015”in the annual poll held by the journalists of italian jazz magazine Musica Jazz.
Italian but musically raised in Paris, where he earned a Jazz Master Degree at highly-respected Conservatoire Nationale Superieur (CNSM), Matteo leads two bands: “ClarOscuro”, a brand new trio with pianist Enrico Zanisi and drummer Stefano Tamborrino (recording is scheduled for May 2017) as well as TRAVELERS a french/italian quartet with saxo player Antonin-Tri Hoang, drummer Ariel Tessier and guitarist Francesco Diodati. With Travelers, Matteo released two albums : his debut in 2013 (“TRAVELERS” Zone di Musica Label) has been highly-welcomed by international press, receiving some important awards as “Révélation Jazzman” (revelation young new talent) and “Jazz Découverte” in France as well as “Jazzit Likes it” in Italy. The album was also unanimously nominated among “one of the best jazz releases in 2013” by italian magazine JAZZIT.
Travelers’follow-up disc “Time Images”was released in 2015 (Auand Records, with the help of Puglia Sounds).
Born in Otranto (South of Italy) in 1982, Matteo began to play classical piano, guitar and electric bass, before starting to play double bass.
After getting a degree in Economics and Tourism in Milan, he moved to Paris joining Paris National Conservatory (CNSMDP) where he earned his Master degree in 2011, under the watchful eyes of Riccardo Del Fra, Dré Pallemaerts, François Theberge, Glenn Ferris, Hervé Sellin and Patrick Moutal.
Matteo’s musical education is punctuated by some student awards, most notably, two scholarships endowed by SIENA JAZZ (2007 and 2008), the second allowing him to represent Italy at the 19th Edition of the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz) in 2009, led by Dave Liebman.
He won the 1st prize at REZZO competition (Jazz in Vienne 2008) and "Trophées du Sunside" (Paris) with the band OXYD.
Since 2013 Matteo has toured around Europe, North America and Asia and he can be heard as a member of italian rising star pianist Alessandro Lanzoni's Trio, drummer legend Roberto Gatto 4et, french piano player Christophe IMBS' trio, 'ABHRA' sextet led by french saxophone player Julien Pontvianne, singer Ada Montellanico’s 5et and German piano player/singer Olivia Trummer Trio.
Matteo also grounded the performances of a wide range of artists such as Leon Parker (Inception Trio), Antonio Faraò, Sofia Ribeiro, Anne Ducros, Anne Paceo, Bebo Ferra, Tigran Hamasyan, Laurent Coq, Ben Wendel, Ralph Alessi