Stefano Bollani / piano, Fender Rhodes
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Projects in concert:
- "Piano Solo"
- "Piano Variations on Jesus Christ Superstar" (piano solo)
- "Duo Stefano Bollani & Hamilton de Holanda (new repertoire),
available: approx. 2nd June - 18th June 2022.
- "Danish Trio" (w/ Jesper Bodilsen, db & Morten Lund, dr),
available in 2022, celebrating the Danish Trio's 20th jubilee!
- "Napoli Trip" (quartet): original music of Bollani's inspired by the universe of traditional forms of popular Neapolitan Song.
- Piano w/ orchestra:
* Bollani: "Concerto Azzurro" for piano and orchestra (arranged by Paolo Silvestri), feat. Bernardo Guerra on drums;
* Bollani: "Concerto Verde" for piano and chamber orchestra, feat. Gabriele Evangelista on double bass, and Bernardo Guerra on drums;
* Gershwin: "Rhapsody in Blue";
* Mozart: Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488 for piano and orchestra;
* Poulenc: Concerto in d minor, FP61 for two pianos and orchestra (with Hyung-ki Joo).
SOLO & COLLABORATIONS
Italian pianist-composer 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, Chucho Valdés and his noble mentor Enrico Rava.
PIANO VARIATIONS ON JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (PIANO SOLO)
Stefano Bollani’s solo album PIANO VARIATIONS ON JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, entirely produced by Bollani, was internationally released on 3rd April 2020, that is 50 years after Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice’s original concept album.
Bollani wanted his version of Jesus Christ Superstar to be completely different from whatever Broadway or London production. So he decided: “I’ll choose the piano solo formula, because it’s a love affair between myself and this music.” He only sings one song, “Superstar”; the rest of the album is instrumental.
Bollani, grateful for the exceptional permission granted to him to re-interpret the cult opera, has freely but respectfully approached and improvised on the original songs by following his own playful wit, informed by the musical traditions, genres, styles and encounters that have influenced him and shaped what is considered his very own idiom.
Bollani has made his way inside symphony orchestras such as the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Scala in Milan, the Orchestre National de Paris and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, taken by the hand by brave and enthusiastic directors such as Riccardo Chailly, Krjstjan Järvi, Daniel Harding, Antonio Pappano and Zubin Mehta.
Stefano Bollani has also joyously made his way inside orchestras as a composer: his "Concerto Azzurro" for piano and orchestra, brilliantly arranged by Paolo Silvestri (arranger also of Bollani’s Concertone from 2003), was commissioned and Germany-premiered by MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kristjan Järvi in Leipzig in October 2017.
Concerto Azzurro, Bollani’s (approx. 30-minute) Gershwinesque masterpiece of classical composing, is clearly informed by jazz idioms, and that accounts for the groovy presence and driving playing of young Italian drummer Bernardo Guerra (a great talent from Bollani’s jazz quartet Napoli Trip) among the orchestra members,.
Concerto Azzurro, structured in three very distinct movements of strong impact and character of both melody and rhythm, perfectly reflects Bollani’s ideal, playful approach to classical music making and interpreting: creatively disobeying the rules that demand that a pianist performing with an orchestra shall stick to the rigorously precise and immutable score - achieved by a considerable amount of Bollani’s piano improvising, which is second to none (and his hilariously clever stream-of-consciousness-like, jukebox-like medley encores conquer every audience of any kind).
After “Concerto Azzurro” [Azure Concerto] for piano and orchestra, dedicated to the throat chakra of expression, Stefano Bollani has created a new concerto of classical composing: “Concerto Verde” [Green Concerto] for piano and chamber orchestra; green like the central heart chakra of love.
While “Concerto Azzurro” was arranged by composer-conductor Paolo Silvestri, with “Concerto Verde” - and for the first time - it is Bollani himself to have orchestrated the entire work. “Concerto Verde” also allows various passages of improvisation, entrusted to a real piano jazz trio (featuring drummer Bernardo Guerra).
“Concerto Verde”, also informed by tango and other folkloric music traditions of Argentina, is structured in four movements. As tradition wants, the third movement, the “scherzo”, stands out by virtue of its joyous playfulness, which reflects Bollani’s sparkling creativity best.
With “Concerto Verde” Stefano Bollani has created a hymn to love: to love as such, but also to his love for music.
The work was premièred and recorded at the Coliseo Theatre in Buenos Aires in June 2019 with the Orquestra Sin Fin under the direction of Exequiel Mantega and will be released on Alobar in March 2021, together with Concerto Azzurro.
In 2019 Stefano Bollani was conferred honorary citizenship by the city of Naples. One of Bollani’s earliest music idols was the father of Neapolitan singing, Renato Carosone, whose compositions - popular classics of the traditional Italian songbook informed by joy and jazz - have always taken a special place in Bollani’s concert repertoire. Naples is a place with volcanic energy. Thanks to that energy its inhabitants have managed to exist and resist throughout continuous dominations and maintain their cultural identity: that unique culture Bollani has always cherished and pays homage to with his project Napoli Trip (released on Universal in 2016). Napoli Trip is mainly composed & improvised music of Bollani’s, inspired by the universe of traditional forms of popular Neapolitan Song, and sparks of inspiration are also Raffaele Viviani, Nino Taranto, Pino Daniele and, of course, Renato Carosone. In concert Bollani is joined by crackerjack Naples character Daniele Sepe on tenor sax, long-time companion Nico Gori on vibrant clarinets, and by young dynamic Bernardo Guerra on drums. A cornucopia of musical ideas and surprises: Napoli Trip quartet always embark in Naples, but before taking the stage, they never know where their musical journey will lead to.
Stefano Bollani explains: “Listening is a key point of the Danish Trio’s work, and each one of us is constantly listening to what the others are playing, focusing on the sound as a whole. This is exactly what my ideal of a jazz band is.” Indeed, each concert is a masterclass in attention to detail and in group interaction. And in telepathy. The trio seamlessly alternate and intertwine between individual shining and collective band sound.
The trio, that’s merry Bollani and his two internationally acclaimed Danish musician friends Jesper Bodilsen on double bass and Morten Lund on drums. They first met in 2002 through Enrico Rava. Ever since this round dynamic piano trio have shared their fun of music making with their audiences - both on stage and in recordings. Their albums are Mi ritorni in mente (2004) and Gleda (2005) for Stunt Records; Stone In The Water (2009) and - with Bill Frisell (guitar) and Mark Turner (tenor sax) - Joy In Spite Of Everything (2014) for ECM. In 2017 they performed and recorded the Italian project Mediterraneo (ranging from Gioachino Rossini to Ennio Morricone) for ACT at the fully packed Berlin Philharmonic with French accordionist Vincent Peirani and enthusiastic members of the hailed Berliner Philharmoniker, arranged and directed by Norwegian Geir Lysne. Their latest album, The Music of Sasha Argov was first released on CD in Italy in summer 2019 by national daily “Corriere della Sera” within the extraordinary 10-CD series Stefano Bollani e i suoi maestri, then, a few months later, internationally in digital form by Bollani’s label Alobar: a historic concert of an outstanding band, also featuring Nico Gori on clarinet and Antonello Salis on accordion, playing revered Israeli composer Sasha Argov’s vivid melodies with compelling energy, recorded at the Royal Opera House of Tel Aviv in 2009.
DUO STEFANO BOLLANI & HAMILTON DE HOLANDA
Stefano Bollani and Hamilton de Holanda met over ten years ago and have been roaming the world ever since, mesmerising and conquering every audience with their lovely combination of piano and bandolim (Brazilian mandolin) and their boundless love for Brazilian music. In order to get an idea of their overwhelming energy on stage, listen (!) to their live recording “O que será” released by ECM in 2013:
Not only does Hamilton de Holanda have a profound knowledge of the samba and choro genres and the (amazing) plethora of other Brazilian popular music traditions of his country, he is also an extremely enchanting and captivating bandolim virtuoso.
Hamilton and Stefano are two fantastic hummingbirds who fly and improvise and improvise and fly, inventing a different common path every time they perform, playing the role of leader in turn. Actually, more often than not, there is no leader at all, or rather it is Music itself that pushes and leads the two outstanding artists wherever and however it feels like going (and dancing).
DUO CHUCHO VALDÉS & STEFANO BOLLANI
Stefano Bollani and Chucho Valdés are now a duo! Without doubt one of the most fortunate, musically original and energising encounters between two outstanding musicians and personalities of contemporary music making. When the two pianist-composers first met in Bollani’s latest Italian TV show and then, in 2018, in concert at the Gran Teatro de la Habana, they already appeared as a perfectly well-blended duo showing total musical understanding and affinity, enrapturing both critics and audiences. A musical "coup de foudre", so to speak, an extraordinary duo project informed by Chucho’s multi-faceted Afro-Cuban heritage and Bollani’s flamboyant versatile musicality.
Italian piano wizard Stefano Bollani’s project "Que Bom" - a genuine hymn to life marked by sparkling liveliness and (contagious) joy - mainly consists of Bollani’s own original tunes and distinctive melodies strongly influenced and informed by Brazilian music culture, which Bollani has always cherished since the very beginning of his rich, multifaceted crackerjack music making and dexterous playing.
In "Que Bom" Bollani is joined by the same outstanding Brazilian rhythm section as in his earlier, extremely successful CARIOCA project (2008) - Jorge Helder (db), Jurim Moreira (dr) and Armando Marçal (perc) - plus Thiago da Serrinha (perc), but on the album "Que Bom" (recorded in Rio de Janeiro in December 2016 and released worldwide in May 2018 by Bollani's own label ALOBAR) also by the grand guest stars Caetano Veloso, João Bosco, Jaques Morelenbaum and Hamilton de Holanda.
When not playing, Bollani writes books or creates theatre shows such as “La Regina Dada”, written and performed with 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 latest show “L’importante è avere un piano” was broadcast on Rai 1 TV in November/December 2016.
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