LORENZO FELICIATI started playing in Rome clubs around the age of twenty, privileging Rock-blues bands for his first "official" steps. This choice has indissolubly marked his formation, creating a strong" background that has contributed to the definition of his sound and style, with an approach that never forgets the role of " harmonic and rhythmic support " the Bass always has to give the band. Together with a constant Live activity he continues to study, paying particular attention to the evolution of the role of Bass, especially in more extreme music styles, considered as less noble by many musicians.In 2003 Schoots Records released his first CD as a leader, "Upon my Head" followed in 2006 by "Live at European BassDay&more"recorded live at the 4th European BassDay in Viersen(Germany),both received worlwide enthusiastic reviews...In the last two years he has started a live activity all over Europe with gigs and his partecipation to all thBass Day festival as the only one italian artist and to the Eurobassday in Verona (Italy) and the first english BassDay in Manchester, sharing the stage with Richard Bona, Linley Marthe, Dominique Di Piazza, Norm Stockton and others.He has been spotlighted as "Bass Face of the Month"in February 2005 by the International Institute of Bassists. Since 2005 he is a steady clinician at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Tilburg and the Accademy of Contemporary Music of London
ROY POWELL, born 1965 in Langham, England, is a musician of many different facets. He is beginning to be known equally by his classical music compositions as he is by his jazz recordings. After studies in piano and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music he first came to prominence in 1994 with his debut recording A Big Sky which was hailed as “a real bench mark in British contemporary electric jazz” by Jazz on CD .He then emigrated to Oslo, Norway where he first collaborated on an album of advanced free improvised music –Holus Roy Powell Trio which was described as “ an outstanding success” by Jazz journal International.His latest release as a leader North by Northwest featuring Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen, has also been a critical success as well as being selected as Best Jazz CD of 2001 by Amazon.co.uk . His piece Bow Out has been performed by Oakland, Richmond, Cincinnati and Florida ballet companies and has had performances all over the globe from Japan, Australia, and USA to Europe and Scandinavia. His recordings have appeared in the Gramophone Jazz Good CD guide, Gramophone Classical Good CD guide, the Lord Discography, The new Grove Dictionary of Jazz as well as jazz periodicals in Europe and the US and radio shows in the UK, Scandinavia and the USA.He has played with some of the jazz greats including Art Farmer, Anthony Braxton and Eddie Daniels and as a jazz player seems equally at home in bop, free, mainstream or fusion genres, drawing inspiration respectively from his favourite pianists Bud Powell, Keith Jarrett and Chic Corea. In the area of shared influences between classical and jazz is where Powell is perhaps happiest, a conservatory trained pianist and composer who has always dug deep into the African American musical language for his inspiration.
CUONG VU is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. A truly unique musical voice, Cuong has lent his trumpet playing talents to a wide range of artists including Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Cibo Matto, and Mitchell Froom.As a youngster, Cuong's intense dedication and love for music led him to a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz studies with a ditinction in performance. Transitioning from his studies in Boston, he moved to New York in 1994 and began his career actively leading various groups while touring extensively throughout the world. As a leader, Cuong has released five recordings, each making critics’ lists of the 10 best recordings of their respective years. Each record displays how he has carved out a distinctive sonic territory on the trumpet, blurring all stylistic borders while developing his own compositional aesthetic.A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Cuong was awarded the Colbert Award for Excellence: The Downtown Arts Project Emerging Artist Award. As an assistant professor in jazz studies, he was recently awarded the University of Washington's prestigious Distinguished Teacher Award and is a Donald E. Petersen Endowed Fellow. In 2002 and 2006, Cuong was a recipient of the Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album as a member of the Pat Metheny Group. He’s been recognized as one of the top 50 young Jazz Artists in an article called “The New Masters” from the British magazine, “Classic CD” and in 2006 was named the Best International Jazz Artist by the Italian Jazz Critics’ Society. Amazon listed Vu’s “Come Play With Me” on their “The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time”. Cuong is a "Yamaha Performing Artist", playing the Yamaha Custom YTR8310Z trumpet.
PAT MASTELOTTO started playing the drums at the age of 10. By the time he was 16 he was playing in popular local bands, and while still in high school commuted several hours to Lake Tahoe for gigs. Moving to Los Angeles in the mid 1970s, Mastelotto worked for many bands and as a studio session drummer. In this capacity he worked for Martin Briley, Holly Knight, Scandal, Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Martika, Danny Wilde as well as playing drums on the double platinum album Rockland by Canadian rock musician Kim Mitchell.In 1983, Mastelotto was a founding member of Mr. Mister. The band had a number one album, Welcome to the Real World, and two number one singles, "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie". They recorded four albums, with the fourth remaining unreleased.His tenure with Mr. Mister was followed by more session work for bands such as XTC, The Sugarcubes, Hall & Oates, Cock Robin, The Rembrandts, Jude Cole, Eddie Money, Tina Arena, Matthew Sweet, Julia Fordham, Robyn Hitchcock and David Sylvian. In 1991 Mastelotto co-produced Peter Kingsbery's first solo album before being asked to join King Crimson.Mastelotto has been a member of King Crimson since 1994, and appears on over twenty King Crimson albums and several music videos. He also produced, edited mixed or played on several King Crimson ProjeKcts releases.He has continued to guest on other projects, working with Jay Terrien, Cock Robin, drummer Terry Bozzio, Mecca, Tony Levin and the California Guitar Trio, as well as working on solo work. He is also a member of the progressive/experimental bands TU (with fellow King Crimson alumnus Trey Gunn) and KTU (with Trey, Kimmo Pohjonen and Samuli Kosminen), and Tuner; a duo with centrozoon's Markus Reuter that has released four albums and toured periodically. On stage Tuner have been known to reinterpret King Crimson material such as the 1984 track 'Industry', as evidenced on their 2009 live album ZWAR.Since moving to Austin, Texas, he has worked with Austinites Storyville, Abra Moore, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and theremin player Pamelia Kurstin. Personal projects include, Mastica, BPMM and M.P.TU with guitarist Phil Brown (Little Feat), singer Malford Milligan and bassist Mark Andes (Spirit, Firefall, Heart).In 2007 Mastelotto went on tour with The Flower Kings in Europe supporting their album The Sum Of No Evil. In 2008 a new King Crimson lineup formed, including a drumming team of Pat and Gavin Harrison, which played eleven shows in August. Then the enormous Creation of Peace festival in Kazan, Russia, with Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Eddie Jobson. This was followed by another new project, HoBoLeMa, with Levin, Bozzio and Allan Holdsworth.
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