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Stefano Bollani & Hamilton De Holanda — O Que Será (2013)

 Stefano Bollani & Hamilton De Holanda — O Que Será (2013)

Stefano Bollani & Hamilton De Holanda — O Que Será
Location: Milan, Italy ~ Rio de Janeiro  ~  Brasilia, Brazil  ~ Antwerp, Belgium
Album release: August 27, 2013
Recording Date: August 17, 2012
Record Label: ECM
Duration:     54:05
01. Beatriz      (3:25)
02. Il barbone di Siviglia      (6:27)
03. Caprichos de Espanha      (3:05)
04. Guarda che luna      (6:52)
05. Luiza      (6:18)
06. O que será      (5:27)
07. Rosa      (3:37)
08. Canto de Ossanha      (8:54)
09. Oblivion      (4:35)
10. Apanhei-te Cavaquinho      (5:25)
• Klaus Auderer  Cover Photo
Stefano Bollani  Composer, Mixing, Piano, Primary Artist
Chico Buarque  Composer
Hamilton de Holanda  Bandolim, Composer, Primary Artist
Vinícius de Moraes  Composer
Walter De Niel  Engineer
Manfred Eicher  Producer
Johan Favoreel  Engineer
Antonio Carlos Jobim  Composer
Sascha Kleis  Design
Jan Erik Kongshaug  Mixing
Roberto Lioli  Mixing
Edú Lobo  Composer
Gualtiero Malgoni  Composer
Ernesto Nazareth  Composer
Bruno Pallesi  Composer
Astor Piazzolla  Composer
Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna)  Composer
Baden Powell  Composer
Cees Van De Ven  Photography
Album moods: Airy Ambitious Amiable/Good-Natured Bittersweet Calm/Peaceful Complex Confident Cosmopolitan Dramatic Earnest Elegant Energetic Enigmatic Euphoric Exciting Fantastic/Fantasy-like Flashy Flowing Freewheeling Humorous Improvisatory Intense Intimate Literate Lively Lyrical Organic Poignant Quirky Relaxed Romantic Rousing Sophisticated
Website SB: www.stefanobollani.com
Website HdH: www.hamiltondeholanda.com
Label: http://www.ecmrecords.com/
•  "Italy's creative piano virtuoso Stefano Bollani meets Hamilton de Holanda, Brazil's peerless master of the bandolim, the 10-string mandolin. O que sera is a summery celebration of the joy of music-making, radiating an irresistible enthusiasm, and raising the bar for trans-idiomatic instrumental interaction. Bollani, acknowledged as one of the most prodigiously-gifted soloists of jazz, is matched every step of the way here by de Holanda, and the exchanges between the musicians are frequently breath-taking. Repertoire draws upon the rich heritage of South American music including Jobim, Piazzolla, Chico Buarque, Baden Powell, Ernesto Nazareth and more, plus original compositions by the protagonists. . O que sera was recorded live in Antwerp last August before an audibly-delighted audience at the Jazz Middelheim Festival."
In french:
•  Rencontre (Italie-Brésil, mais ce n'est pas du foot!) "live" de 2 virtuoses, l'un du piano, l'autre de la mandoline a 10 cordes (bandolim) a travers un répertoire tres varié et séduisant.
•  With its ingenious interaction and breathtaking virtuosity, its playing of deep feeling and improvisational daring, and its moments of high humour, O que será, by Stefano Bollani and Hamilton de Holanda makes a great case for the art of the duo. The first audio document of a priority project for both players, this CD was recorded live at the Jazz Middelheim festival in Antwerp in 2012. The musicians’ enthusiasm is contagious: you can hear the audience being swept up by it.
•  Stefano Bollani, the uniquely gifted Italian pianist, first encountered Hamilton de Holanda, Brazilian master of the bandolim (the 10-string mandolin) on stage at a festival in Bolzano, in South Tyrol, in June 2009. On that occasion they played just two pieces, compositions of Baden Powell/Vinícius de Moreas and Egberto Gismonti, but the empathy between them was immediate and unmistakable.
•  That meeting — which can be seen and heard on YouTube, incidentally — left the players hungry for more. In August 2011, they reunited for their first complete show together, in Ischia, Italy, (working up a full programme of material after de Holanda arrived from Brazil — by air, sea and land — on the afternoon of the performance). The Ischia show established a blueprint for further concerts in Brazil and Europe. Trust and improvisation are the watchwords of this duo, and the decision to record live also reflects their wish to maintain the sense of spontaneity and risk that animates the shows.
•  Bollani’s love of Brazil is well-known. Several of his previous ECM releases, including the duos with Chick Corea (“Orvieto”) and Enrico Rava (“The Third Man”) and the trio album “Stone In The Water” have incorporated music of Brazilian composers. Amongst many other attributes, the pianist is able to creatively integrate aspects of Brazilian musical culture in an affectionate and original manner. In the encounter with Hamilton de Holanda he is allied with a true representative of Brazil’s musical heritage. Their programme includes original pieces by both protagonists, as well as a salute to Argentine tango Nuevo master Piazzolla, but draws most deeply on the Brazilian greats — Ernesto Nazareth, Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Pixinguinha — and the rhythms of Choro, Samba, and Baião.
By John Fordham, Thursday 29 August 2013, 22:05 BST
Score: ****
•  There aren't many ECM albums that mix live-audience rapture with solemnity-mocking jokes from the performers, but label boss Manfred Eicher won't feel he is risking his revered company's credibility with this delightful set. The Italian pianist Bollani and the Brazilian De Holanda, who plays the bandolim (a 10-string mandolin), have worked up a largely South American repertoire of tangos and love songs, variously treating them with dazzling virtuosity, humour and captivating tenderness. Baden Powell's Canto de Ossanha has both players pounding the woodwork like a conga section, and the ecstatic finale takes in classical restraint, feverish Latin dancing and ragtime piano. This remarkable duo's pleasure in their work is infectious.
Fortaken: http://www.theguardian.com/
Stefano Bollani (Milan, 05/12/1972)
•  At the age of six, wanting to become a singer, Stefano Bollani would accompany himself on the family keyboard. A few years later, he recorded a cassette of himself singing and playing, which he sent to his idol Renato Carosone, along with a letter explaining his dream. Carosone replied advising him to listen to a lot of blues and jazz, and so Bollani did.
•  His first record was the second volume of the jazz encyclopaedia published by Fratelli Fabbri. At age 11, he enrolled at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, where he received his diploma in piano in 1993.
•  At age 15, he tread the boards professionally, playing mostly pop, at the same time studying under Luca Flores, Mauro Grossi, and Franco D'Andrea whose seminars he attended at Siena Jazz.
In 1996, he met Enrico Rava at the Teatro Metastasio in Prato who immediately invited him to play in Paris with him: "You're young, you don't have a family. Take the risk, give up pop and devote yourself full-time to the music you love." Taking Rava's advice, Bollani backed out of Jovanotti's tournée and flung himself into jazz, language of improvisation and freedom. His upswing was marked by rapid laps: from the important, and continuing collaboration with mentor Enrico Rava to his affirmation with a referendum held by Musica Jazz magazine (best new talent 1998); from directing his Orchestra del Titanic (with numerous concerts to its credit and two recordings for the Via Veneto label) to making records and performing tribute-shows to pop music of the past (Abbassa la tua radio with, among others, Peppe Servillo, Irene Grandi, Marco Parente, Elio from the Storie tese … and Guarda che luna! with Gianmaria Testa and Banda Osiris), right up to winning the Premio Carosone, usually awarded to singers, in September 2003 in Naples.
•  They caught on to Stefano Bollani even in Japan. Swing Journal, the country's most authoritative jazz publication, awarded him the New Star Award in 2003, the first time for a European musician. Besides his "historical" collaboration with Rava, he has played with countless others, including Richard Galliano, Gato Barbieri, Pat Metheny, Michel Portal, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Han Bennink, Paolo Fresu, and appeared on the world's most prestigious stages (from Umbria Jazz to the Montreal Festival, from Town Hall in New York to the Scala in Milan). His music often frequents irony, an evident characteristic of all of his work, some of it quite bizarre and offbeat, like Gnosi delle fanfole, a recording in which, along with songwriter Massimo Altomare, he set to music the surreal poetry of Fosco Maraini (1998), and Cantata dei pastori immobili, a sort of musical oratory for four voices, narrator and piano, on texts by David Riondino, published in a slip-case by Donzelli (2004). He has done four recordings for the French, Label Bleu: Les fleures bleues, 2002, a homage to writer Raymond Queneau, recorded with Americans Scott Colley on the bass and Clarence Penn on the drums, the solo recording Smat smat, 2003; Concertone, 2004, a composition for jazz trio and symphonic orchestra with the arrangements and direction of Paolo Silvestri and, finally, I Visionari, the first recording with his new quintet formed by Mirko Guerrini on the sax, Nico Gori on the clarinet, Ferruccio Spinetti on the double bass, and Cristiano Calcagnile on the drums. In 2003 he began playing with Danish musicians Jesper Bodilsen and Morten Lund, recording with them for Stunt Records, Mi ritorni in mente and, in 2005, Gleda, Songs from Scandinavia.
•  For the "Racconti di canzoni" series, he published L'america di Renato Carosone (Elleu, 2004), a tribute to the history of swing and jazz in Italy and, especially, to his idol Carosone. This past May, the Jazz series of the weekly magazine L´Espresso, released the first Italian CD of his trio with Ares Tavolazzi and Walter Paoli. The previous discs had been released only for the Japanese label Venus Records. For his ingenious and sparkling character, and his natural gifts as an entertainer, Stefano Bollani earned the cover of the weekly magazine Topolino (this past May), the only Italian jazz musician to measure himself against Fethry Duck!
•  September 2006 marked the contemporary release of Piano Solo, the first CD in his name for ECM, which immediately rose to the top of jazz sales charts and landed the 31st place in the Sorrisie Canzoni chart, and his first novel, La sindrome di Brontolo, published by Baldini Castoldi, Dalai.
•  The referendum among the journalists of the American magazine Downbeat of 2007 ranks him eighth among the jazz new talents and third among the young pianists in the world. The critics of the Allaboutjazz magazine in New York appoints him among the five most important musicians of 2007, beside monstres sacrés like Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins. In December of the same year, in Vienna, he is awarded with the Europejazzpreis, as european musician of the year.
•  His last work is an incursion in the popular Brazilian music, "Bollani carioca", a CD recorded in Rio de Janeiro with important local artists. Together with them, he performed in several cities of Brazil and has been the second musician in the world to play a grand piano in a favela in Rio, on the 1st December 2007. The first to do that was Antonio Carlos Jobim.
•  He's been author and conductor of a comic radio show about music for Radiorai3, the national cultural radio channel (Il dottor Djembè) and has also created a live tv show featuring noteworthy guests named Sostiene Bollani (2011) which was a huge success on Italian television.
•  Music has no real boundaries for him. That' s why he continues to seek out new collaborations, even in the classical field (performing and recording concertos for piano and orchestra by Poulenc, Ravel and Gershwin) or in pop music.
•  2007 The American magazine Allaboutjazz voted him as one of the 5 most important musicians of the year (next to giants like Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins)
•  2007 European Jazz Pries in Vienna as Best European Jazz Musician of the Year
•  2009 Paul Hacket Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland
•  2010 Laurea ad Honorem from the Berklee School of Music
Selected discography:
•  2002 Les fleures bleues (Label bleu) with Scott Colley and Clarence Penn
•  2003 Smat Smat (Label Bleu)
•  2004 Concertone (Label Bleu) with The Orchestra della Toscana, arrangements by Paolo Silvestri
•  2006 I visionari (Label bleu) with his band I Visionari plus Petra Magoni, Mark Feldman and Paolo Fresu
•  2006 Piano Solo (ECM)
•  2008 Carioca (Emarcy/Universal) with Marco Pereira, Jorge Helder, Ze' Nogueira, Monica Salmaso and other Brazilian musicians
•  2009 Stone in the water (ECM) with Jesper Bodilsen and Morten Lund
•  2010 Rhapsody in blue (Decca) with the Gewandhaus Orchester from Leipzig, conducted by Riccardo Chailly
•  2011 Big Band! (Verve/Universal) with the NDR Big Band from Hamburg, arrangements by Geir Lysnec
•  2011 Orvieto (ECM) w/h Chick Corea
•  2012 The sounds of the 30s ( Decca) S. Bollani/R. Chailly/ Gewandhausorchester
Hamilton de Holanda, who makes his ECM debut here, is a major figure in Brazilian music. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1976, and raised in Brasilia, he began playing mandolin at the age of 5. Within a year he was playing live gigs and appearing on TV. From 1983 he also studied violin at the Brasilia Music School. Since the 1990s he has moved easily between the worlds of Choro, jazz and transcultural experiments, disinclined to acknowledge genre differences: “The important thing is that it sounds beautiful.”
•  Hamilton’s collaborations with US mandolinist Mike Marshall helped boost his reputation beyond Brazil’s borders, and since then there have been more joint ventures: de Holanda has appeared with Richard Galliano, Béla Fleck, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many others. Meanwhile he has continued to lead his own groups and to issue a steady stream of critically-regarded albums in contexts from solo (“Intimo”) to orchestral (“Sinfonia Monumental”).
© Cees Van den Ven, ECM Records
© Marcos Portinari, ECM Records
© Marcos Portinari, ECM Records

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