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Stefano Bollani - piano, voice
Daniele Sepe - sax, flutes, voice
Nico Gori - clarinet
Bernardo Guerra - drums

Stefano Bollani was born in Milan in 1972 and grew up in Florence. He began playing piano at the age of 6 and enrolled in Florence’s Conservatory five years later, where he received an old-fashioned classical training: “My teacher came from a very old school, the Neapolitan school of piano playing, which gave to the world people like Aldo Ciccolini, or Ricardo Muti”. He first performed professionally at 15, initially in pop contexts. He began playing with the great Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava in 1996, confirming a deeper commitment to jazz. Since then, he has played with Pat Metheny, Martial Solal, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Gato Barbieri, Miroslav Vitouš, Richard Galliano, Michel Portal and Roberto Gatto, among many others.
Bollani first recorded for ECM in 2003, starting with a sequence of albums with Rava: Easy Living (with an all-Italian quintet), Tati (a trio with Paul Motian), The Third Man (duo) and New York Days (quintet with Motian, Mark Turner and Larry Grenadier). Bollani made his ECM debut under his own name with the modestly entitled Piano Solo in 2007, of which the Irish Times reviewer wrote: “His harmonic language is full of lovely surprises, his time impeccable, his touch wonderfully expressive, and his inventiveness always informed by an innate sense of structure”. The pianist has also made duo albums for ECM with Chick Corea (an effervescent live album, Orvieto) and bandolim master, Hamilton de Holanda (O que será).
Naples: a place with a very powerful, volcanic energy that allows its inhabitants to exist and resist through continued dominations. Over the past couple of centuries alone, they have been under the yoke of the French, then the Spanish and now the Italians.
In this project Napoli Trip reassuring figures encourage us to board the ship and then wave at us as we set sail along with Daniele Sepe, who dishes out his talent on stage with sax, flutes and his comic and polemic verve; with the penetrating clarinet of Nico Gori, Stefano’s adventure companion since the days of I Visionari and the Carioca project; and the always attentive drums of the young Florentine talent Bernardo Guerra, the band’s newest sparkling addition.
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