“…Roberto is in my estimation one of the most talented pianists
I have encountered over the past years. He is disciplined, knowledgeable about the jazz legacy, has great ears and most of all, a burning desire to be a great musician…”
– Dave Liebman
“…Roberto exhibits an amazing assuredness of swing and technique juxtaposing a contemporary linear approach with respect for the roots. His touch on the piano and great spirit, along with his angular compositional approach makes this a worthwhile and enjoyable listen…”
“Roberto has all the qualities I look for in a musician: command of the instrument, a depth of musical knowledge and a willingness to interact with his fellow musicians. At the heart of it all is a great feeling for what he is playing. His intuition is guided by knowledge which makes for the best possible result”.
Double bass player/composer, Matteo Bortone is making a name for himself among the rising talents of the newest jazz generation, not only as an instrumentalist but also as a composer and bandleader, expecially after being awarded as “Best New Talent 2015” in the annual poll held by the journalists of italian jazz magazine Musica Jazz.
Italian but musically raised in Paris, where he earned a Master Degree at highly-respected CNSM (Conservatoire National Superieur) Matteo released 3 albums as a leader: “ClarOscuro” out in March 2018 (CAM Jazz), “Time Images” (Auand 2015) and “Travelers” (ZonediMusica 2013), all highly-welcomed by international press, praising his works with some important awards as “Révélation Jazzman” (revelation young new talent) and “Jazz découverte” in France as well as “Jazzit Likes it” in Italy and “one of the best jazz releases in 2013” by italian magazine JAZZIT.
As a sideman, Matteo is also one of the most-in-demand bass player and can be heard as a member of italian drummer Roberto Gatto quartet, Alessandro Lanzoni’s Trio, Ada Montellanico’s Quintet, Greg Burk’s Trio, french piano player Christophe IMBS’ trio, ‘ABHRA’ european sextet led by french saxophone player Julien Pontvianne.
Born in Otranto (South of Italy) in 1982, Matteo began to play classical piano, guitar and electric bass, before starting to play double bass.
After getting a degree in Economics and Tourism in Milan, he moved to Paris joining Paris National Conservatory (CNSMDP) where he earned his Master degree in 2011, under the watchful eyes of Riccardo Del Fra, Dré Pallemaerts, François Theberge, Glenn Ferris, Hervé Sellin and Patrick Moutal.
Matteo’s musical education is punctuated by some student awards, most notably, two scholarships endowed by SIENA JAZZ (2007 and 2008), the second allowing him to represent Italy at the 19th Edition of the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz) in 2009, led by Dave Liebman.
He won the 1st prize at REZZO competition (Jazz in Vienne 2008) and “Trophées du Sunside” (Paris) with the band OXYD.
Since 2013 Matteo has toured around Europe, North America and Asia and grounded the performances of a wide range of artists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Leon Parker (Inception Trio), Cyrille Aimée, Antonio Faraò, Anne Ducros, Anne Paceo, Tigran Hamasyan, Laurent Coq, Ben Wendel, Ralph Alessi.
The Italian-born drummer Roberto Pistolesi, who currently lives between Italy, New York and the Netherlands, began his jazz career in the band of the world famous saxophonist Stefan Di Battista and performed with him all around the globe. He has worked with jazz music legends such as Steve Grossman, Dave Liebman, Rick Margitza, Antonio Faraò, Peter Beets, Ameen Saleem, Dario Deidda and others.