FRANCESCO FRATINI

Francesco Fratini Quartet
Franceso Fratii – trumpet
Domenico Sanna – piano
Luca Fattorini – bass

Francesco Fratini Quartet originates from a shared interest in the study of music by the members of the group.  Coming from different backgrounds, Francesco Fratini, Domenico Sanna, Luca Fattorini and Matteo Bultrini have collaborated for years as sidemen in various bands to finally find themselves reunited in this new project.
The group is born and raised in Rome, a very traditional and yet eccentric city, a fertile ground for the inspiration. The idea is that of an extremely democratic ensemble, where music itself is the focus of the narration, and where each member provides his own fundamental contribution to the free development of musical creation. This idea can only be realized thanks to the deep friendship and esteem that binds the members of the quartet, as well as the variety of the compositions proposed.
Places, people, ideas: the original repertoire of the band comes out as strongly evocative, inevitably devoted to the musical communication of such suggestions. What results is a compact and determined sound, an expression of the urban civilization, the setting of our everyday lives.

CAMILLA BATTAGLIA

CAMILLA BATTAGLIA “EMIT: ROTATOR TENET”

Camilla Battaglia – voice, piano, effects
Michele Tino – sax
Andrea Lombardini – bass
Bernardo Guerra – drums
Special Guest: Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet

EMIT: RotatoR TeneT, the second album of the singer and composer Camilla Battaglia will be released on October 8, 2018 . The band will present the album in Europe in April/May 2019
The repertoire of this album is the result of experimentation with compositional techniques that include mainly the serial use of letters and numbers combined with a personal interest and passion for the concept of Time (in science, philosophy, but obviously also related to the vehicle of music).

In “EMIT: RotatoR TeneT”, Camilla Battaglia combines ideas of science, literature, and philosophy.  She was inspired by the poems of Sylvia Plath, the letters from “Being and Time” by Heidegger, the numbers that represent the consonants between words announced by the demon in “The Joyful Science” of Nietzsche and the images by Carlo Rovelli in “L’Ordine del Tempo”
This repertoire represents the perfect alliance between the written rules and the perfectly natural improvisations.

The compositions are linear, including palindrome lines. The purpose of the musical expression is to lose the sense of temporal positioning to which we are accustomed: past-present-future.  The album could almost be thought of as a suite, rather than a collection of songs, where the beginning and the conclusion are indissolubly mixed.

ELEKTRA

Camilla Battaglia – voice/kaosspad
Elisa Mini – voice
Michele Tino – sax alto
Francesco Fratini – trumpet, effects
Filippo Vignato – trombone
Federico Pierantoni – trombone
Simone Graziano – piano & keyboards
Francesco Fiorenzani – guitar
Andrea Lombardini – bass
Francesco Ponticelli – double bass
Bernardo Guerra – drums
Stefano Tamborrino – drums & voice

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

DAYNA STEPHENS

Internationally renowned saxophonist/ composer/educator Dayna Stephens is a force to watch out for. A fluid, vigorous soloist with a warm, soulful sound, Dayna has also proven himself a master of composition and arrangement, a highly acclaimed band leader and an in-demand side man for contemporary jazz masters such as Kenny Barron, Al Foster, Idris Mohammed, Taylor Eigsti and Roy Hargrove.

www.daynastephens.net

DAYNA STEPHENS GROUP

Dayna Stephens (USA) – tenor & baritone saxophones, EWI, synthetizer
Aaron Parks (USA) – piano
Ben Street/Matt Penman (USA) – bass
Gregory Hutchinson (USA) – drums

DAYNA STEPHENS TRIO 

Dayna Stephens (USA) – tenor & baritone saxophones, EWI, synthetizer
Ben Street (USA) – bass
Eric Harland (USA) – Drums


AARON PARKS

Pianist Aaron Parks released his Blue Note debut “Invisible Cinema” at the age of 25 following three Blue Note releases with trumpeter Terence Blanchard. The BBC declared it “one of the great albums of 2008.” JazzTimes hailed him as “a new visionary.” The San Jose Mercury News named his “Alive in Japan” release as their 2013 Top Jazz Album of the year. He has released two albums on ECM including a solo piano album and a trio record featuring Billy Hart and Ben Street.

Parks has performed and recorded with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dhafer Youssef, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ambrose Akinmusire, Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott, and Marcus Miller, among others. He is also a founding member of James Farm with Joshua Redman, Matt Penman and Eric Harland. His latest project “Aaron Parks & Little Big” will debut in 2018.

www.aaronparks.com

AARON PARKS TRIO

Aaron Parks (USA) – piano
Ben Street (USA) – double bass
Billy Hart (USA) – drums

Any return of Aaron Parks to Seattle stages carries an air of “the prodigal son” to some of us. But this impressive trio setting – with the iconic drummer Billy Hart and top-flight bassist Ben Street – is epic indeed, especially on the heels of a major new release, Find The Way, on a major global label like ECM.
When the New York Times said that Aaron Parks was, “a step ahead of everyone else,” they were telling the rest of the world what we already knew. Find The Way, behind which this trio tours, brings Parks’ remarkable facility into harmony with his quest for beauty, and enhances it sublimely in the hands of two of the finest rhythm masters in jazz.

AARON PARKS & LITTLE BIG

Little Big, the new band from pianist/composer Aaron Parks, could in some ways be seen as a continuation of the trajectory set on his 2008 record “Invisible Cinema,” with a deeper commitment to melodic songwriting, modern rhythms, and immersive storytelling. With members Greg Tuohey (guitar), DJ Ginyard (electric bass), and Tommy Crane (drums) bringing their experiences not only from jazz and improvised music but also electronica, R&B, indie pop, alt-country, and much more, this is genre-fluid music which creates a world of its own.

Aaron Parks (USA) – piano
Greg Tuohey (NZ) – guitar
DJ Ginyard (USA) – bass
Tommy Crane (USA) – drums


KASSA OVERALL

Kassa Overall is, asTime Out NewYork puts it, “a Renaissance man: part chopsy, super-funky jazz drummer, part beatmaking producer and a more than capable MC to boot.” While percussion is his main focus, Overall has a passion for electronic-based production and often incorporates the use of laptops and samplers into his music.

He’s collaborated with a formidable list of artists, including Vijay Iyer, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Francis & the Lights, Yoko Ono, Marc Ribot, Mayer Hawthorne, Ravi Coltrane, Gary Bartz, and many more. He spent five years as a key member of the pianist Geri Allen’s Timeline band and around a decade with trumpeter Theo Croker, whose album Escape Velocity he co-produced. As a rapper and producer, Overall has collaborated with Das Racist and the duo Peaceful Solutions with Kool A.D. In 2017, he was a DJ onThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s house band, Jon Batiste & Stay Human. Aside from his own work,Kassa currently works as a spoken word and laptop artist with Terri Lyne Carrington’s Social Science; plays drums with Carmen Lundy, and plays drums and produces for NoWave pioneer Arto Lindsay.

https://www.kassaoverall.com/

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 JOE SANDERS “INFINITY”

John Ellis: Saxophone
Aaron Parks: piano
Joe Sanders: bass
Eric Harland: drums

A versatile artist, but as precise as a metronome, Joe Sanders is one of the most sought-after bassists of his generation. He has worked with Ravi Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and others.
Sanders leads an all-star quartet celebrating the forthcoming release of his sophomore album, “Humanity”.

www.joesandersbass.com


REINIER BAAS & BEN VAN GELDER DUO

Reinier Bass (NL) – guitar
Ben van Gelder (NL) – saxophone
Available in trio with Han Bennink (NL) – drums

Guitarist Reinier Baas (32) and saxophonist Ben van Gelder (28) are prominent figures in the Dutch music scene, and long time collaborators. They have played over 150 shows together in the past years, performing as a duo, as a trio with drum legend Han Bennink and with both their quintets. Their joint efforts have resulted in a collaboration with the multiple Grammy Award winning Metropole Orkest.
An active bandleader, Reinier Baas has toured with his quintet ‘The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble’ in Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. He was awarded the prestigious Edison Award in 2013, as well as in 2017. As a soloist, he has performed with the Metropole Orkest, Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw and the New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra. In 2015, the North Sea Jazz Festival granted him their annual composition assignment. In 2016, Baas released his fourth studio record “Reinier Baas vs. Princess Discombobulatrix, a ‘mostly instrumental opera’. This collaboration with illustrator Typex and a line-up of 15 prominent improvisers and classical musicians received wide-spread critical acclaim: “Ravel, Prokofiev, Poulenc, Baas, truly!” – VILLA D’ARTE. In July of 2017, Reinier Baas was the Artist In Residence of the Südtirol Jazz Festival.
Ben van Gelder is an authority on the alto saxophone and a composer with a contemporary view. His music is rooted in tradition but is distinguished by a unique blend of “lyricism, energy, grace and rhythm.” His albums ‘Frame of Reference’ and ‘Reprise’ garnered outstanding reviews in the Dutch and international press. The album ‘Reprise’ was named ‘best jazz album of the year’ by de Volkskrant. Van Gelder has won various awards, such as the Deloitte Jazz Award and the Stan Getz/Clifford Brown fellowship, and more recently a composition assignment from the Jazz Gallery in New York. He has collaborated with outstanding musicians such as Mark Turner, Ambrose Akinmusire and Aaron Parks. His latest outing is ‘Among Verticals’, a record inspired by the painting of Frantisek Kupka that received 5-star reviews in Dutch newspapers NRC and Volkskrant.


MARIA GRAND

María Grand: Saxophone
Kanoa Mendenhall: bass
Savannah Harris: drums

María Grand – A fantastic young saxophonist, virtuosic, conceptually daring, with a lush tone, a powerful vision, and a deepening emotional resonance, María is poised to move this music forward with grace, strength, and passion – Vijay Iyer

María Grand is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and vocalist. She moved to New York City in 2011. She has since become an important member of the city’s creative music scene, performing extensively in projects including musicians such as Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, Jen Shyu, Steve Lehman, Aaron Parks, Marcus Gilmore, Jonathan Finlayson, Miles Okazaki, etc.

Her debut EP “TetraWind” was picked as “one of the 2017’s best debuts” by the NYC Jazz Record. The New York Times says “on TetraWind, Ms Grand unfurls a teetering logic. [..] She is both measured and frank, often venturing into gentle provocation”. María is a recipient of the 2017 Jazz Gallery Residency Commission and the 2018 Roulette Jerome Foundation Commission. She can be heard on Steve Coleman’s albums “Morphogenesis” and “Synovial Joints”. She was deemed a “revelation” by Jazz Magazine in 2016; AllAboutJazz said of her saxophone playing that it is “full of passion and sophisticated phrases and turns”, while the NYC Jazz Record says “Grand’s aching saxophone has the richness of the great breathy tenors of jazz history—Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Gene Ammons.” Vijay Iyer recently picked her as one of 5 musicians to watch for in 2018 in an article published on sfjazz.org – he said of her that she is “a fantastic young saxophonist, virtuosic, conceptually daring, with a lush tone, a powerful vision, and a deepening emotional resonance, María is poised to move this music forward with grace, strength, and passion.”

DiaTribe is Grand’s main leader project. She continues and deepens the elements started with “TetraWind” with her new album “Magdalena”, to be released on Biophilia Records on May 11th, 2018. With members David Bryant, Rashaan Carter, and Jeremy Dutton, she continues a long standing musical relationship that provides the trust and freedom necessary for the exploration of spontaneous composition. They bring a wealth of experience, having themselves performed with an enormous number of musicians on the creative scene, ranging from Wallace Roney to Ambrose Akinmusire; Steve Coleman to Camille Thurman; and bringing an understanding that ranges from the deep of tradition to the heights of avant-guard.

María has performed across genres, appearing with mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran in her Breaking Ice piece premiered at Prototype Festival in NYC and MassMoca; she is a member of the Doug Hammond quintet, as well as with RAJAS, an ensemble led by Carnatic musician Rajna Swaminathan, and Ouroboros, led by Grammy Award winner alto saxophonist Román Filiú,. She has toured Europe, the United States, and South America, playing in venues and festivals such as the Village Vanguard in NYC, La Villette Jazz Festival in Paris, Saafelden Jazz Festival in Austria, Millennium Park in Chicago, the Blue Whale in LA, IloJazz in Guadeloupe (FR), and many others.

The trio is also avilable with the singer Fay Victor as a special guest

PERSEPHONE / HER STORY | MARIA GRAND

Persephone is the story of a life cycle, told through the abstraction of a Greek myth. By cycles set in abyss, life is expressed in a non-linear way: the four major stages of a woman’s existence (which are, in a non-literal way: maiden, mother, queen, crone) are lived and relived in a struggle to gain self-knowledge. This work is inspired by Persephone’s journey into the underworld. In the realm of the dead, she plays various roles: from a girl kidnapped and forced to stay there, she becomes a Queen, who then is able to bring back the knowledge she draws from the darkness to the surface, in the world of mortals. Women experience all these stages, nonlinearly, during their life cycle but also during their menstrual cycle. Thus, Persephone lives a little bit in all women, and this is the story we set to tell here.

María Grand uses the saxophone, her voice, and a gong, which she plays over a soundtrack she created specifically for this version of the piece, to express her vision of the stages of Persephone’s life.

www.mariagrand.com 


NOAM WIESENBERG

Noam Wiesenberg: bass, compositions
Philip Dizack: trumpet, FX
Immanuel Wilkins: alto sax, clarinet
Shai Maestro: piano/Fender Rhodes
Kush Abadey: drums

More than ten years ago, bassist/composer Noam Wiesenberg left Tel-Aviv and descended upon Boston (graduating Berklee in 2010, Magna Cum Laude in Jazz Performance), and eventually New York City, with the aspiration of playing alongside the world’s greatest musicians. After many years of doing just that (with the likes of Camila Meza, Kevin Hays, Antonio Sanchez, Gilad Hekselman, Ari Hoenig, Billy Hart, Seamus Blake, Shai Maestro, Will Vinson, Uri Caine, Lage Lund, Dave Liebman and many others), the time has come to release his debut album, and his premiere as a composer and bandleader, Roads Diverge.
They say, “timing is everything”. Making choices without fear of consequence can be daunting. And, in Robert Frost’s famous poem “The Road Not Taken” the author stresses the importance of choosing the road less traveled. All of these factors played a significant part in the conception, production and delivery of the album you hold in your hands, Roads Diverge. “I think I have been hiding in other people’s projects and music a little bit, and it feels good to make this choice for myself. I’ve never gone down the path of releasing my music before, so this is definitely a ‘road less traveled’ for me, but it feels like the right time to do it!” The album, featuring Noam Wiesenberg (bass, compositions), Philip Dizack (trumpet & FX), Immanuel Wilkins (alto sax, clarinet), Shai Maestro (piano/Fender Rhodes), Kush Abadey (drums), and special guest Dayna Stephens (tenor sax), was released this May 18, 2018 on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records.

www.noamwiesenberg.com


JURE PUKL “DOUBTLESS”

Jure Pukl – tenor saxophone
Melissa Aldana – tenor saxophone
Joel Ross – vibraphone
Joe Sanders – upright bass
Gregory Hutchinson – drums

As New York-based saxophonist and composer Jure Pukl enthuses, Doubtless is pretty much a family project/album – an exuberant, high-spirited double-tenor quartet with wife Melissa Aldana plus close friends Joe Sanders (double bass) and Greg Hutchinson (drums).  For this European tour, Jure invites the bright young vibraphonist Joel Ross ( who has performed with historic and seasoned artists – Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris – as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, Jon Batiste and many more

“Doubtless” represents another strong offering from Pukl. Straddling the cusp between composition and improvisation the album is consistently engaging and the playing is excellent throughout. Pukl and Aldana combine well and have the kind of intuitive chemistry that one would expect from a married couple, That said Sanders and Hutchinson are equally brilliant as a team, this supremely adaptable and versatile rhythm section seems to act like a single entity, providing the two saxophonists with exemplary support. Sanders and Hutchinson are both superb technicians and every nuance of their playing is captured on a typically excellent Whirlwind Recordings production.  Even more crucially they have a great rapport as a unit and it’s something that they are able to share with the husband and wife team of Pukl and Aldana, the two halves of the quartet combining to create a dynamic and convincing single entity.


SHAKE STEW

Lukas Kranzelbinder – bass
Clemens Salesny – alto sax
Johnny Schleiermacher – tenor sax
Mario Rom – trumpet
Oliver Potratz – bass
Niki Dolp Drums – percussion
Mathias Koch Drums – percussion

SHAKE STEW is Austria‘s jazz band of the hour. After playing more than 25 gigs during the first months since premiering at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2016 and selling out their debut record „The Golden Fang“ within half a year, the unique septet is conquering the music world with a hypnotic mixture of afrobeat and jazz grooves shaken up by the intense and mysterious soundscapes created with a combination of  3 horns, two drummers and two bass players! Shake Stew released their highly anticipated new album „Rise And Rise Again“ in early 2018 (with Shabaka Hutchings as a guest on 2 tracks) and kicked off an international touring marathon that includes shows from Montreal Jazz Festival to Jazzfestival Frankfurt and will continue carrying this hard-workin groove-machin all around the globe in the next months. Everywhere they went so far, the press has been more than enthusiastic, often trying to create new terms and genre-labels to put their live experiences into words. So one thing’s for sure: At some point SHAKE STEW will let loose. And if that happens you’d better be around