Stefano Bollani Italian pianist born December 5 1972 in Milano
was part of Prize Winner Enrico Rava's JAZZPAR 2002 Sextet.
Stefano Bollanis professional debut came at age 15 and he received
his diploma in piano at the Cherubini Conservatory of Florence in 1993.
Today Bollani can be heard on scores of recordings.
The music of Bollani has many directions: a pronounced
Italian flavor and bubbly tie with the legacy of American jazz performed
in the 50s. Characteristics that are evident both in LOrchestra
del Titanic and when he sets Fosco Marainis playfully surreal poetry
The young musicians vast playing record extends
a full 360°. From classical music with the Orchestra Regionale Toscana
to pop-rock, from electro-acoustic experimentation to modern jazz (foremost
Enrico Rava, Roberto Gatto and Richard Galliano, but also with Lee Konitz,
Gato Barbieri, Phil Woods, Jimmy Cobb, Han Bennink, Paolo Fresu, Aldo
Romano, Roswell Rudd, Kenny Wheeler and Greg Osby). Bollani loves the
interpretations of Nat King Cole as much as he loves South American music.
Bollani also has a unique project to fit his own musical
taste. Being a young man with a taste for black humor, the overwhelming
popularity of the romance and tragedy of the film Titanic
seemed a perfect place to start. L Orchestra Del Titanic does not
re-create the ill-fated ships lounge-jazz orchestra. It does, however,
feature Stefano Bollanis personal approach to the great melodic
jazz tradition. The mostly original program reveals a soft, sly and slightly
70s touch touches of Frank Zappa, Sly & the family Stone and
South American bolero.
Stefano Bollani is a perfect contributor to a jazz combo
that wants to fill a ballroom with warm, intimate sounds while at least
one couple dances passionately as the romantic lights begin to dim. He
also has the ability to suddenly break out of the mould and burst into
passages of withering brillance. He can imitate any artist with astoundingly
accuracy and his humorous talent will always break out at some point in
He won the Musica Jazz magazine referendum as the best
jazz talent in 1998 and the Italian Django dor in 2000. Bollani
has all the qualities of a rising star.