Stefano Bollani / piano, Fender Rhodes

© Valentina Cenni
© Valentina Cenni

Gábor Simon Konzertagentur represents Stefano Bollani in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Scandinavia.

Projects:

- Piano solo

- "NAPOLI TRIP" = new music of Bollani's inspired by the universe of traditional forms of popular Neapolitan Song, with an extraordinary lineup: Bollani (p, Fender Rhodes), great Neapolitan character Daniele Sepe (sax), long-time companion Nico Gori (cl) and Bernardo Guerra (dr).

- Danish Trio, w/ Jesper Bodilsen (db) and Morten Lund (dr)

- Duo w/ Hamilton de Holanda (bandolim)

- Piano w/ symphonic orchestra; repertoire:

* Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue;

* Poulenc: Concert Champȇtre;

* Bollani - NEW!: "Concerto Azzurro for Piano and Orchestra" (arranged by Paolo Silvestri)

 

Availability on request from June 2017 on.

© Valentina Cenni
© Valentina Cenni

Stefano Bollani considers music a huge game to be re-invented time after time, alone (his legendary impromptu jukebox-like medley performances are second to none) or with different partners. Bollani hits the stage to learn something new every night, constantly searching for stimulations, everywhere, in all the music of the past, and even more so by exploring the present, improvising in the moment, as he has done alongside great artists like Richard Galliano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Chick Corea, Hamilton de Holanda, Caetano Veloso, Hector Zazou, and his noble mentor Enrico Rava.

 

In the same spirit piano genius Bollani has made his way inside symphony orchestras such as the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Scala in Milan and the Orchestre National de Paris, taken by the hand by brave and enthusiastic directors such as Riccardo Chailly, Krjstjan Järvi, Daniel Harding. He has recently composed “Concerto Azzurro for piano & orchestra” (arranged by Paolo Silvestri), to be premiered in Florence in May 2017 with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Kristjan Järvi.

 

Stefano Bollani & Kristjan Järvi © MDR / Marco Prosch
Stefano Bollani & Kristjan Järvi © MDR / Marco Prosch

For soon 15 years, along with bassist Jesper Bodilsen and drummer Morten Lund forming the Danish Trio, Bollani has been seeking ways to have the audience experience the very same fun the trio have each time the voices of their instruments meet.

 

When not playing, Bollani writes books or creates theatre shows such as “La Regina Dada”, written and performed with wonderful actress Valentina Cenni.

He gave life to character Dottor Djembe, an omniscient musicologist who spread irony and sarcasm through radio channel RAI 3 for several years. After he anchored his own TV show of jam sessions of speech and music “Sostiene Bollani” on Rai 3 for two seasons, his new show “L’importante è avere un piano” was broadcast on Rai 1 TV in November/December 2016.

"L'importante è avere un piano" © Valentina Cenni
"L'importante è avere un piano" © Valentina Cenni

Whatever Stefano Bollani does, it is always to communicate joy. Which is utterly true with his latest project “NAPOLI TRIP” (Universal/DECCA, 2016): new composed & improvised music of Bollani's inspired by the universe of traditional forms of popular Neapolitan Song, with a blow-your-socks-off lineup: Stefano Bollani on piano & Fender Rhodes; great crackerjack Naples character Daniele Sepe on saxophone; long-time companion Nico Gori on clarinets; and, to pump it up even more, young Bernardo Guerra on drums. Wonderfully beautiful. Hilariously intelligent. The essence of Bollani’s music making.

Music/Videos of all projects (and more)

© Valentina Cenni
© Valentina Cenni