Calling Stefano Bollani the most prodigiously gifted pianist on Italy’s talent-laden jazz scene does not begin to capture the esteem he inspires in his colleagues. Over the past decade, he has worked with American masters Lee Konitz, Pat Metheny, and Phil Woods, while Chick Corea collaborated with him on the celebrated 2011 double-piano album, Orvieto (ECM). "A 21st Century Art Tatum." (The Guardian)
Born in Milan, the conservatory-trained Bollani made his professional debut at 15. An audaciously inventive improviser who draws inspiration from many musical and literary sources, the pianist possesses an exquisite touch, a rambunctious sense of humour, and a knack for elegant concision. With a vast repertoire encompassing Monk and Zappa, Dorival Caymmi and Francis Poulenc, he is also a prolific composer with a treasure trove of memorable melodies. "Bollani relishes the challenge of making a box of hammers and strings into something that breathes and sings." (The Telegraph)
Roberto Occhipinti is widely regarded as one of Canada’s premier bassists, with successful careers in both classical music and jazz. He has won National Jazz Awards for Acoustic Group of the Year and Jazz Producer of the Year. He has also won Juno Awards as a member of Jane Bunnett’s Spirits of Havana and as producer of Hilario Durán’s New Danzon. He performs regularly with many groups, including the Hilario Durán Trio, the Mario Romano Quartet, and Soul Stew.
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