Francesco Diodati (IT) – guitar
Dan Kinzelman (USA) – sax, clarinet
Elias Stemeseder (A) – piano
Elias Stemeseder, at just 26, is already for 4 years a member of the band of drummer Jim Black. 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 (Londonjazz)
‘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. He has already played at the Vortex with Phillip Gropper’s Philm. He is now a regular member of the trio of Jim Black. “An impressive improviser taking his cues from Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett” (Jazzwise)
Francesco Diodati is a top-notch guitarist in new European contemporary jazz, and is already playing in the band of trumpeter Enrico Rava; 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. “An impressive imporoviser taking his cues from Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett” (Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise)
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.
‘Sublime and angular lines […] They pick up each other’s phrases and stroll dreamily with them’ Alison Bentley
Presented by Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige.
Each year, this festival, held at the beginning of July, focusses on a particular country in Europe. Centred around Bolzano, it brings contemporary jazz to towns and villages – and even mountain refuges – in this area in the heart of the Dolomites. For 2017, the theme is Benelux. In 2015, for example, the theme of UK was curated by Kit Downes and Ruth Goller. It is possibly one of the most heart-warming festivals to encourage love and pleasure of this music.
Photo by Tim Dickeson