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Born 1984, guitarist/composer Roberto Pianca studied music at the Amsterdam Conservatory (NL). He has played and worked with a variety of notable artists including Joey Baron, Russ Lossing, John O’Gallagher, Thomas Morgan, Dado Moroni, Pietro Tonolo and Savina Yannatou a.o. In 2008 he founded avantgarde trio Third Reel, the band joined prestigious and legendary german label ECM Records.


Mono No Aware

Label: Honolulu Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Double Aesthetics; Hexagon; Kintsugi; Pareidolia; Modern Forms; Mimetolith; Ectoplasm.


Article: Album Review

Roberto Pianca Sub Rosa: Mono No Aware

Read "Mono No Aware" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The Roberto Pianca-led ensemble Sub Rosa's second release is a concentrated exercise in inter-communicative restraint, subtlety and woven odd meters that provokes the mind while consoling the soul. It's a cool affair that profits from the individual talents' accurate performances and inquisitive spirits as much as the leader's proficiently crafted compositions. Where the predecessor, self-titled Sub ...


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Nicolas Masson: Travelers

Read "Travelers" reviewed by John Kelman

Following two recordings for ECM Records as a member of the cooperative Third Reel (including the trio's self-titled 2013 debut), reed multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Masson strikes out on his own with Travelers, his first album as a leader for the label. Third Reel's Swiss/Italian lineup of reeds, guitar (Roberto Pianca) and drums (Emanuele Maniscalco), along ...


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Roberto Pianca: Sub Rosa

Read "Sub Rosa" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Bella formazione, quella messa assieme dal chitarrista Roberto Pianca per il primo album interamente a suo nome, in programma sei composizioni originali di jazz moderno dalle molteplici influenze. Accanto a lui troviamo infatti Dan Kinzelman e Stefano Senni, con i quali il leader aveva lavorato a più riprese in passato, lo statunitense Glen Zaleski, pianista emergente ...


Third Reel

A collaborative group brimming with creative potential, Third Reel consists of reed multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Masson, guitarist Roberto Pianca and drummer Emanuele Maniscalco, three committed improvisers and gifted writers, each with a distinct compositional signature. The contrasts, and a shared sensitivity for space, shape the group’s sonic identity. Each member of this Swiss-Italian trio is a bandleader is his own right but the cooperative Third Reel is a priority for all of them. Conceived as a trio without bass from the outset – “it means more responsibility for each player, as well as more risk-taking” – Third Reel went through various drummers until Pianca brought along Emanuele Maniscalco in 2010 (drummer and guitarist had previously collaborated in the band Food Chain).


Sub Rosa

Label: WER WideEarRecords
Released: 2017
Track listing: Stream of Consciousness; Modern Times; Spectrum; Food Chain; Omnium; New Moon.


Article: Album Review

Kinzelman - Pianca - Senni - Huber: Why Don't You Go Outside?

Read "Why Don't You Go Outside?" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Sempre alla ricerca di nuove forme e strutture, Dan Kinzelman incrocia stavolta il suo percorso con il chitarrista Roberto Pianca, il contrabbassista Stefano Senni e il batterista svizzero Alex Huber. Ne scaturisce un lavoro inquieto, dalla dinamica spesso elevata e dalla sempre fortissima intensità espressiva, nonostante--o forse grazie a--la sostanziale assenza di temi melodici e linearmente ...


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2013 Enjoy Jazz Festival

Read "2013 Enjoy Jazz Festival" reviewed by John Kelman

Enjoy Jazz 2013 Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany November 6-14, 2013 It's always a treat to return to Heidelberg for Enjoy Jazz. As a very intended contrast to most jazz festivals, that compress a lot of music into a very short time, Enjoy Jazz's founding premise, when it was first conceived 15 years ago by ...


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Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2013jny: Copenhagen, DenmarkJuly 12-14, 2013The annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival, with more than a thousand concerts during ten days--spread over more than hundred places and stages across the city--is a special, unique affair. Like other big jazz festivals, it also has its headliners--big names, mostly American, like Terence Blanchard, Richard Bona, ...


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