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Stefano Bollani

At the age of six, wanting to become a singer, Stefano Bollani would accompany himself on the family keyboard. A few years later, he recorded a cassette of himself singing and playing, which he sent to his idol Renato Carosone, along with a letter explaining his dream. Carosone replied advising him to listen to a lot of blues and jazz, and so Bollani did. His first record was the second volume of the jazz encyclopaedia published by Fratelli Fabbri. At age 11, he enrolled at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, where he received his diploma in piano in 1993. At age 15, he tread the boards professionally, playing mostly pop, at the same time studying under Luca Flores, Mauro Grossi, and Franco D'Andrea whose seminars he attended at Siena Jazz. In 1996, he met Enrico Rava at the Teatro Metastasio in Prato who immediately invited him to play in Paris with him: "You're young, you don't have a family

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Hermon Mehari, Ezra Collective, Zappa for piano & New Releases

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The fusion of different musical cultures and genres is at the heart of this edition of Mondo Jazz, where the works of Frank Zappa are given the solo piano treatment by Dave Hartl, Mats Öberg and Stefano Bollani, where a Kansas City expat in Paris, trumpeter Hermon Mehari, explores both his Eritrean roots and his urban ...

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Daniele Sepe: Le nuove avventure di Capitan Capitone

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Musicista “totale," ben più che apprezzato jazzista, Daniele Sepe ha sempre amato i progetti ricchi di stimoli e di collaboratori (anche se in genere non altrettanto ricchi a livello di budget di produzione) nei quali comporre scintillanti mosaici fatti di tessere anche diversissime tra loro. Così, dopo aver sfornato The Cat with the Hat, eccellente omaggio ...

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 5

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Back to popular demand! Here's some more musical therapy for these trying times, the fifth installment of this popular mix-tape series, featuring selections by Tim Berne, Theo Bleckmann, Stefano Bollani, Tommaso Cappellato, Taylor Ho Bynum, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Mats Gustaffson, Maya Keren, Brad Mehldau, Aaron Parks, Rosa Brunello and Ben Wendel. Happy listening! Stay safe ...

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Stefano Bollani: Il Gioco Della Vita

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Con istrionico disincanto Stefano Bollani rilegge, in una personale versione in Piano Solo, una delle opere rock più famose di sempre, “Jesus Christ Superstar," nel cinquantesimo anno dalla sua uscita. Il pianista in questo ultimo lavoro dal titolo Piano Variations on Jesus Christ Superstar, uscito il 3 aprile, si diverte a giocare con la materia musicale ...

Jan Bang e il Questionario di Proust

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Il tratto principale della mia musica Mi interessa lavorare su cose molto concrete come il ritmo, la tessitura, la melodia, l'armonia. Come dice una mia buona amica, la cantante norvegese Sidsel Endresen: se hai tempo, allora tutto il resto alla fine si risolverà. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano ...

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Paolo Fresu: il canto dell'anima

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Pubblichiamo una versione aggiornata dell'intervista al trombettista Paolo Fresu con l'aggiunta di alcune domande riguardanti la petizione “Velesuoniamo," indirizzata al Governo Italiano e alla Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, di cui è promotore insieme a Ada Montellanico, Simone Graziano e a tutto il mondo del jazz italiano. Il suono della tromba di Paolo ...

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Michael Jackson: Man in a Jazz Mirror - Part I

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This week let's pay homage to the musical legacy of Michael Jackson. It has been 10 years since Michael Jackson passed away and lots of things have emerged since then, but the popularity of his music remains strong, including among jazz musicians (the majority of the tracks featured this week was released after his ...

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Bologna Jazz Festival 2019

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Bologna, Modena, Ferrara, Forlì Varie sedi, 25.10-26.11.20019 Il Bologna Jazz Festival 2019 ha confermato, ampliandole, le linee guida delle due passate edizioni, proponendo per un mese intero concerti esclusivamente serali, anche in contemporanea. Per quanto riguarda l'offerta musicale non si sono riscontrate univoche scelte stilistiche, ma soprattutto si è teso ad estendere ...

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Enrico Rava: Five Decades of Jazz - The Co-leader and Sideman Part 2

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Final installment of the Enrico Rava special focusing on his projects as co-leader and sideman (click here to access the first part) with a special focus on his 'electric projects,' duo collaborations, in particular with pianists, and artistic relationship with heavy-weight of the American avant-garde like Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp and Jimmy Lyons. Ben ...


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