The Stefano Battaglia Trio will perform on 20 February at the Concert Hall of the Slovak Radio building in Bratislava, in Slovakia, in a concert organised by the Italian Cultural Institute.
The concert by this excellent Italian jazz band, which has a long-dated experience performing on the international scene, is also the first event that celebrates the cultural agreement signed by Italy and Slovakia with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Stefano Battaglia (piano) with an education in classical studies, he soon revealed to be exceptionally talented. He started playing jazz when he was a teenager, influenced by Keith Jarrett and Paul Bley. Having acquired an all-round and constantly evolving technique, Battaglia has always combined in his work classical music, 20th century vanguard music, pop, rock and jazz improvisation.
Between the ’80s and ’90s, he recorded a number of memorable records for Splasc(h) Records, including two disks dedicated to the repertory of Bill Evans. Since 2000, he has performed in a duo with Michele Rabbia and in a trio with Maiore and Dani.
In 2004 he started working with the German recording company ECM, publishing his first album “Re: Pasolini”, a piece inspired by the world-renowned intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini and performed in prestigious concert halls, including the Steinway Hall di New York, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and the Vachron Theatre di Athens. In the recording “In The Morning”, he gave an original interpretation of several compositions by Alec Wilder. He has been on tour in the United States, Japan and Korea. He has and continues to direct the courses of the Permanent Musical Research Laboratory at the Chigiana Musical Academy of Siena.
Salvatore Maiore (bass) has performed with several Italian bands (Cerri, Venier, Mirabassi, and others), but also with Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Cedar Walton, just to mention a few soloists. He directs the Jazz Music Department of the Conservatory of Vicenza, where he also teaches jazz bass and electric bass.
Roberto Dani (drums) is ranked among the top percussionists in Europe. After advancing in his career as a jazz artist in the 1990s, since 2003 he has privileged “solo” performances merging traditional moves with ground-breaking techniques, thus moving up the notion of excellence. He was a guest of “Paperbacks” at the Art Centre in 2014.