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Kekko Fornarelli


Kekko Fornarelli is one of the most widely appreciated young pianists internationally. His unique ways of balancing an endless research with universal usability, and his ability to draw the profanes up to that foreign thing called jazz makes him one of the most eclectic and pervasive artists in the current international music scene. His unique style is characterized by its attempt to create music to observe, more than just to listen to. A way to tell stories, emotions and situations. Numerous are his collaborations with prestigious Italian and international jazz artists : Rosario Giuliani, Flavio Boltro, Michel Benita, Francesco Bearzatti, Luca Bulgarelli, Yuri Goloubev, Benjamin Henocq, Nicolas Folmer, Jerome Regard, Manhu Roche, Andy Gravish, Eric Prost, Marco Tamburini, Jean-Luc Rimey Meille. BIO Kekko Fornarelli was born in Bari, Italy in 1978. He began learning classical piano at the age of three, first through private tuition and later at the Conservatorio Piccinni in Bari. Fornarelli’s love for jazz music began at the age of 18



Label: Abeat Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: The Big Bang Theory; Drawing Motion; Weeping Souls; Reasons; What Kept You So Late; Like a Driftwood; Don't Hide; Outrush.


Article: Album Review

Kekko Fornarelli: Outrush

Read "Outrush" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

"Il cono d'Otranto non è molto diverso in termini ambientali dalle lande nordeuropee -diceva Kekko Fornarelli qualche mese fa in un'intervista a “Musica Jazz" -Dunque capita di poter vivere sensazioni musicali simili...." Nell'organico del pianista pugliese si respira una compostezza e un lirismo che trovano riferimenti in analoghe formazioni contemporanee d'area scandinava o anglosassone ...


Article: Live Review

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2012

Read "Penang Island Jazz Festival 2012" reviewed by Ian Patterson

9th Penang Island Jazz FestivalBayview HotelPenang, MalaysiaNovember 29--December 2, 2012 From pickup at the airport at 10.30pm to personal send-off five days later at 4.00am, Paul Augustin, the Director of the Penang Island Jazz Festival, is what you could call the perfect host. It's this personal touch--instilled in the festival staff's ...


Article: AAJ PRO

An Open Letter to Musicians: Lemme Hear It!

Read "An Open Letter to Musicians: Lemme Hear It!" reviewed by Dave Sumner

This begins a series of posts intended to give artists, labels, and promoters some insight into how I use the internet to discover and purchase music and how that knowledge might be used to the benefit of the artists. I don't claim to be the prototypical music listener and buyer. I listen to, and ...

Article: Interview

Nuovi percorsi: intervista a Kekko Fornarelli

Read "Nuovi percorsi: intervista a Kekko Fornarelli" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Room of Mirrors ha rappresentato per Kekko Fornarelli l'inizio di un nuovo filone espressivo, dopo due album (Circular Thought e A French Man in New York) che ne avevano messo in mostra le sue doti tecniche e le qualità formali. Con il musicista pugliese - che si è segnalato negli ultimi anni come uno dei pianisti ...


Room of Mirrors

Label: Auand
Released: 2011
Track listing: 01. Rooms of Mirrors; 02. Daily Jungle; 03. The Flavour of Clouds; 04. Dreams and Compromise; 05. Children Eyes; 06. Coffee and Cigarettes; 07. Time Goes On; 08. Night Lights. Le composizioni sono di Kekko Fornarelli.


Article: Year in Review

Dave Sumner's Best Releases/Downloads of 2011

Read "Dave Sumner's Best Releases/Downloads of 2011" reviewed by Dave Sumner

It's never easy compiling best of lists, but here are twelve albums for which my enthusiasm hasn't ebbed during the course of the year. A free download is available for each of them, except for the Avital (which I'm in the process of obtaining) and the Haarla (which I'll never get). Enjoy! Tunnel Six Lake Superior ...


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Room of Mirrors

Label: Auand
Released: 2011
Duration: 07:55


Article: Album Review

Kekko Fornarelli Kube: Room of Mirrors

Read "Room of Mirrors" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Se avete voglia di ascoltare dell'ottimo jazz italiano, è questa l'occasione giusta. Ne è protagonista un trio superbo, che si proietta felicemente verso un sound cosmopolita fresco ed avvincente tra acustica ed elettronica. Le otto composizioni originali del leader si innestano su un disegno ritmico frastagliato ed avvolgente, creando un efficace equilibrio di gruppo capace di ...


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