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Melaine Dalibert: Anastassis Philippakopoulos: piano works

Read "Anastassis Philippakopoulos: piano works" reviewed by John Eyles

This album is the tenth released by the Elsewhere label since its launch in the spring of 2018. It is the third of those ten to feature the French composer and pianist Melaine Dalibert. Whereas on the previous two albums, Dalibert played his own compositions, here he performs piano compositions by the Greek composer Anastassis Philippakopoulos ...

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Bartosz Hadala

Bartosz Hadala was born in Stalowa Wola, Poland and started his musical education at the age 7 at the local School of Music. Still as a teenager he participated in competitions, workshops and festivals. He became the youngest finalist in the Mieczyslaw Kosz International Jazz Piano Competition at the age of 15. Two years later he was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In 1996, he left for Odessa, Ukraine, to study at the Odessa Conservatory with professor Anatoliy Kardashev. In 1998, Bartosz went to the USA to study jazz at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI

Piano Solo

Label: Next To Silence Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: What Is This Thing Called Love?; Ragtime Dream; I Loves You Porgy; Blues For Sunset; Birthplace; Through The Clouds; Mixolydia; Body And Soul; For Eddie Harris; Central Park West.

Guido Santoni

Guido Santoni started piano lessons when he was eight years old, and studied music at the G. Rossini Conservatoire in Pesaro, in Italy, during the ‘80s. After some years of electric Jazz, Soul and Funk, at the beginning of 2000 he decided to concentrate himself on his personal vision of music and find his true identity as a pianist, in solo and trio sessions. His live concert at the Muse Theatre, Ancona, Italy on October 16th, 2005 led to his first album self-produced "Cinque Atti Del Tramonto Di Un Giorno". In 2007, Guido met Stefano Amerio, a highly skilled sound engineer and producer who leads Artesuono, one of the reference studios of the German label company ECM

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Sabin Todorov

Sabin Todorov was born in Bulgaria in 1966, and is a graduate of the Sofia conservatory, where he took music theory and harmony. He then studied further at the Brussels conservatory with Nathalie Loriers, Diederik Wissels and Arnould Massart. A talented composer and arranger, he appears in Belgium for several years, his trio OUSTRO OUKO and Lionel Beuvens. His music integrates musical influences from his home country, Bulgaria. For more than 3 years too, he is regular pianist of the Singers Nights at the Music Village in Brussels, bringing to the singers, not only his talent, but also his fantastic capability to listen, his calm and his exceptional kindness. He appeared in duo with singers such as Geneviève Fraselle, Marianna Tootsie, etc... He was the accompanyist for the Brussels International Young Jazz Singers Competition, organized by the Music Village.

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Eyran Katsenelenbogen

Eyran Katsenelenbogen is a pianist who has performed throughout the world. In 2019, he released his latest solo album, titled Outstandards, with a concert tour that included venues in the U.S., Europe and Israel. Katsenelenbogen's recordings have been reviewed by jazz publications such as Jazziz, JazzTimes, Jazz Journal International and All About Jazz, which stated in its recent review of Eyran’s previous release: "88 Fingers is truly a virtuoso's work. Perhaps Katsenelenbogen is most in league with Art Tatum for this fact: he sets the bar towards which other pianists must strive." A classically trained pianist with a jazz style, Katsenelenbogen has performed and recorded in venues such as the Iridium Jazz Club, New York; Teatro di Marcello, Rome; the Tel-Aviv Jazz & Blues Festival; the Bechstein Centrum, Hamburg; Mirrors Hall, Saint Petersburg; Scullers Jazz Club, Boston; Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA; Saint Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, UK; and the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto

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Jean René Mourot

After a classical education at the Conservatory of Nancy for trumpet, piano (including class Cédric Tiberghien) and chamber music, Jean-René Mourot turned to popular music "in various formations moving between pop, rock and French song. These formations allow him to play at festivals and concert halls (Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Printemps de Bourges, Nuits de Nacre, Sentier des Halles, Zebra Belleville ...), and participate in national radio broadcasts (France Inter, France Bleu …). He worked in various studios (Twin Studios, Studio Garage ...) as a musician and arranger (string quartet, brass quartet) including Paul d'Amour (Wagram Label) in collaboration with Jean-Louis Pierot Bashung, Thiéfaine …)

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Tihomir Stojiljkovic

Jazz pianist/composer Tihomir Stojiljkovic was born in Leskovac, Serbia. In his debut album „Solo“ we discover the treasures of Balkan musical heritage, tastefully reinvented through the language of modern jazz.

At the age of six, Tihomir started playing mostly traditional music on the accordion. By the age of sixteen, he improvised in various musical genres on keyboards. In his early twenties, he developed his own piano style that he would later qualify as Balkan jazz.

Tihomir is a self educated-jazz musician, who was raised in a not so jazzy environment and barely had the use of a real piano

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Walter Fischbacher

Versatile pianist and keyboardist Walter Fischbacher can best be described as the groove master of keys. Having mastered both pianistic technique and the art of the backbeat he has set out to conquer the world with his trio. A native Austrian, he relocated to New York after intense studies of classical and jazz piano in Vienna. He refined his art at the renown Mannes College and the New School Jazz Department. In addition to some arduous and exhilarating years as a solo pianist to the left of the New York Empire Diner's toilet, Walter worked as a sideman with George Garzone, Tim Levebvre, Joel Rosenblatt, Ric Fierabracci, Chico Freeman, Billy Harper, Charles Tolliver, Frank Foster, Vienna Art Orchestra, Ingrid Jensen, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Gary Dial, Jamie Haddad, Peter Herbert, Corin Curschellas, Elisabeth Lohninger etc

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Lewis Porter: Piano Solo

Read "Piano Solo" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The solo format is, quite often, a window into an artist's soul. For Lewis Porter, performing all by his lonesome at the piano, it also serves as a showcase for a tripartite balancing act between patience, impulse, and calculated intellect. In an autonomous state, left to his own devices and desires, this pianist-scholar produces music that's ...


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