Martial Solal/Stefano Bollani
On stage, Stefano Bollani (40) combines a huge virtuosity with a contagious feeling for slapstick. The 85 year-old pianist Martial Solal is a musical legend counting seven decades. An unlikely virtuoso who always surprises: more cerebral than Bollani and his humour is dry and restrained. The age difference is about 45 years but these two brilliant pianists are totally united in music. They even mount the stage without much in the way of set agreements but let themselves be inspired by the moment, daring as well to deconstruct and reinterpret old standards or plunge into classical music.
Last summer Stefano Bollani played a compelling and highly enjoyable set at Jazz Middelheim 2012 with Brazilian bandolim player, Hamilton de Holanda. Their vibrant and playful music full of cheerful and dazzling phrases had the place jumping. Bollani is a classically trained pianist capable of improbable improvisations in which he links Prokofiev to Lennon/McCartney or Scott Joplin to Ornette Coleman. Bollani wins over every audience with his lively personality and gift for entertaining. His music is characterized by irony and the bizarre and unusual.
Martial Solal was born in Algeria but made his name in the 1950s in France. He became famous with his film score for ‘À Bout de Souffle’ (1960) by Jean-Luc Godard. He later wrote several other film scores and made music together with many big names like Django Reinhardt, Chet Baker and Lee Konitz. He is a particularly quirky and brilliant pianist and composer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz history. For a long time he had his own trio with which he enjoyed much freedom. He has also led his own big bands such as Dodecaband and later the New Decaband.
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