Mon May 22, 2017
Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige presents

Diodati/Kinzelman/Stemeseder 'KIN' (I/USA/A)

Francesco Diodati: guitar
Dan Kinzelman: tenor saxophone, clarinet
Elias Stemeseder: piano

The original trio came about during the 2016 edition of the Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige. The event loves reaching new heights and exploring uncharted territory. Characterised by beautiful locations and breathtaking landscapes, its aim is to discover new musical horizons and reach spectacular harmonic summits. The last editions of the Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige have featured renowned musicians from the international scene as well as rising stars from all over the world. The buzzwords favoured by musicians and organisers in the last years have been ‘unknown’, ‘unheard’ and ‘unexpected’.
That’s how this group was born, with its distinctive swaying between meditative and evocative moments, peppered by tenser passages, and the three take the expressive possibilities of their respective instruments to the extreme, running after and overlapping each other’s sounds to create an oneiric whole you awaken from only at the end of the concert.
‘Picture throwing a pebble into the water,’ says the trio when speaking of their music, ‘the surface ripples, and you follow them even if you don’t know where they’ll lead until you reach an unknown destination. You’re suspended in the air, stuck in a limbo until you’re suddenly plucked out of it.’ The group plays original compositions but also interprets Nirvana, and their lyrics are evocative, looking for an overall, refined and personal sound, favouring simple melodies and underlining small details. ‘We chose ‘Kin’ as a name because that’s what we are. A musical brotherhood unites us.’
Elias Stemeseder (1990) currently lives in New York and is the new Jazz piano revelation from Austria; Francesco Diodati is a top-notch guitarist in new European contemporary jazz; Dan Kinzelman, an American living in Italy, has become an international sax star. Bold musical explorers: their combined ages may not even total 100, but they already have class and experience which won’t disappoint you, and create something new and surprising every time they take to the stage.
‘Sublime and angular lines […] They pick up each other’s phrases and stroll dreamily with them’ Alison Bentley