GABRIEL GROSSI & STEFANIA TALLINI
This new and very special Duo comes from the idea of Gianluca Bianco, lover and great connoisseur of good Brazilian and Italian music and a common friend of two great musical representatives of both countries: the harmonicist and composer Gabriel Grossi and the pianist and composer Stefania Tallini. That’s why the name BRASITA, a cross and a tribute to the twin countries: Brazil and Italy. From the first meeting, the musical affinity was immediate and evident, both to the artists and to the very lucky audience who attended their concert. Hence the need to record and perform concerts together. Tallini and Grossi are excellent instrumentalists and composers and they are constantly looking for something new. The Duo show is an explosion of music: original compositions, known music, music without limits of place or genre.
Paraphrasing Vinicius De Moraes, Life is art of encounter, about this Duo, we could say: Music is the art of the encounter.
Gabriel Grossi is considered one of the greatest harmonica players in the world, a true virtuoso of this instrument who has consolidated a career of the highest level. In addition to his rich solo career, he has been a member of the Hamilton de Holanda Quintet, since 2005, he was the winner of the Prize for the Best Brazilian Group in 2007, and three times consecutive finalist of the Latin Grammy Awards. 10 albums released to date, all very successfull. Many artistic collaborations or successfull.
Many artistic collaborayions or concerts with the biggest names in Brazilian and word music, such as: Hermeto Pascoal, Chico Buarque, Ivan Lins, Leila Pinheiro, João Donato, Dave Matthews, Guinga, Lenine, Djavan, Milton Nascimento, Dominguinhos, just to name a few of them. He has toured in Europe, Israel, India and South America.
Toots Thielemans: “I was impressed by Gabriel Grossi, an explosive harmonicist who plays with great ease. I was also struck by his compositions and his mastery of the Brazilian musical language. I consider him as my successor.“
Hermeto Pascoal: “Gabriel is a sensational musician who plays in all styles, plays a universal music.“
Mauricio Einhorn: “He is a spectacular harmonica player, with a strong personality, driven by an incredible passion for music and the harmonica.“
Stefania Tallini is considered one of the greatest italian jazz pianists and composers. Acclaimed internationally, she boasts a brilliant career, through synergies with great artists on the world scene of jazz and brazilian music: Guinga, Gregory Hutchinson, Enrico Intra and Civica Jazz Band, Gabriele Mirabassi, Michele Rabbia, Bruno Tommaso, Maurizio Giammarco, Javier Girotto, Remì Vignolò, Andy Gravish, Tiago Amud, Marcus Tardelli, Sergio Galvão, Roberto Taufic, and, within the classical sphere: Corrado Giuffredi, Simone Nicoletta, Phoebe Ray, Natalia Suharevic. Her discography includes 10 albums as a leader, that includes all her compositions, some of which have been chosen by great international artists, to be interpreted and recorded,such as Enrico Pieranunzi (in the Trio with Marc Johnson and Joey Baron) and John Taylor. She has been invited to the most important Jazz Festivals in Italy, France, Germany, Lithuania, United States, Israel, and many times in prestigious contexts, such as The Concerts of Quirinale.
Alceste Ayroldi, Jazzitalia: “Among the best international Jazz musicians.“
Claudio Sessa, Corriere della Sera: “Stefania Tallini belongs by right to the new generation of Italian jazz that crosses the boundaries of other genres, inventing a “total music”, in harmony with globalized ears.“
Andrea Scaccia, Lea: “One of the clearest exponents of Italian Jazz.“