Stefano Bollani / piano, Fender Rhodes
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Projects in concert:
- "Piano Solo"
- (NEW) "Piano Variations on Jesus Christ Superstar" (piano solo)
- "Napoli Trip" (quartet): original music of Bollani's inspired by the universe of traditional forms of popular Neapolitan Song.
- Duo w/ Chucho Valdés (p).
- Duo w/ Hamilton de Holanda (bandolim).
- "Danish Trio" (w/ Jesper Bodilsen, db & Morten Lund, dr).
- 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. Bernardo Guerra on drums - from June 2019 on;
* Gershwin: "Rhapsody in Blue";
* Poulenc: Concerto in d minor, FP61 for two pianos and orchestra (with Hyung-ki Joo);
* Mozart: Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488 for piano and orchestra.
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 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.
Bollani premièred "Concerto Verde" at Teatro Coliseo, Buenos Aires, on 19 June 2019 with the Orquestra Sin Fin under the direction of Ezequiel Mantega - it was received with greatest enthusiasm and joy.
Italian piano wizard Stefano Bollani’s latest 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.
Whatever Stefano Bollani does, it is always to communicate joy. Which is utterly true with his 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 entertaining Naples character Daniele Sepe on saxophone; fabulous long-time companion Nico Gori on clarinets; and, to pump it up even more, young Bernardo Guerra on drums. Wonderfully beautiful. Hilariously intelligent.
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 outstanding 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.
For 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. In June 2017 they performed and recorded the project "Mediterraneo" at the fully packed Berlin Philharmonic with outstanding French rising star accordionist Vincent Peirani and enthusiastic members of the hailed Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Geir Lysne from Norway. Arranged by Lysne, "Mediterraneo" represents a unique project consisting of Italian repertoire ranging from Rossini, Leoncavallo, Puccini to Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone and Paolo Conte. The recording of the triumphant concert was released by ACT in autumn 2017.
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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