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Opening Night

Monday, March 16th, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Zentrum Paul Klee



Michel Camilo, piano
Tomatito, guitar


Stefano Bollani, piano
Hamilton De Holanda, mandolin

Michel Camilo & Tomatito

Pianist and composer Michel Camilo was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1954. At 16, he became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra. Camilo made his Carnegie Hall debut with his trio in 1985. In 1987, he became the musical director of the Heineken Jazz Festival in his native Dominican Republic, a post he held through 1992. November of 1988 marked his debut on a major record label with the release of his self- titled album, "Michel Camilo". The album became an instant success and held the top jazz album spot for eight consecutive weeks. His next recording, "On Fire", was voted one of the top three Jazz Albums of the Year by Billboard, and 1990’s "On the Other Hand" was a top-ten jazz album. Camilo’s list of compositions, recordings and other achievements throughout the ‘90s is vast. His composition "Caribe" was recorded by pianists Katia and Marielle Lebeque, and by the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, in 1991. His "Rhapsody for Two Pianos and Orchestra", commissioned by the Philharmonica Orchestra, premiered a year later at the Royal Festival Hall. In addition to compiling an extensive discography and maintaining a rigorous performance schedule, Camilo has composed and recorded a number of Spanish film scores over the years, and holds almost countless honorary degrees. In 1992, he was named a Knight of the Heraldic Order of Christopher Columbus by the Dominican Government. In November 2001, he was awarded the highest honor from the President of the Dominican Republic: the Silver Cross of the Order of Duarte, Sanchez & Mella.

José Fernández Torres “Tomatito” was born in Almeria in 1958. José grew up in an environment closely linked to music and especially, to flamenco. He learnt his first chords from his father and grandfather and showed strong musical talent and almost innate ability from an early age. Tomatito became a flamenco sensation when he was discovered by guitarist Paco de Lucia. He accompanied legendary flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla for two decades. With de Lucia and de la Isla he recorded four albums, and had a 1979 hit called “La Leyenda del Tiempo”. Their album “Paris 87” won a Latin Grammy for best flamenco album in 2000. Their partnership continued until Camarón’s death in 1992. Tomatito’s music blends traditional flamenco and jazz. He has also worked with flamenco singers Duguende and Potito and pianist Chano Dominguez, among others. A collaboration with Michel Camilo produced the albums “Spain” (2000), which won a Latin Grammy, and “Spain Again” (2006). Tomatito has produced six solo albums, for two of which he won further Latin Grammy awards.

Stefano Bollani & Hamilton De Holanda

At age 11, Stefano Bollani enrolled at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, where he received his diploma in piano in 1993. In 1996, he met Enrico Rava who immediately invited him to play in Paris with him. Stefano flung himself into jazz, language of improvisation and freedom. His upswing was marked by rapid laps: the important, and continuing collaboration with mentor Enrico Rava, directing his “Orchestra del Titanic”, with numerous concerts to its credit and two recordings, making records and performing tribute shows to pop music of the past (“Abbassa la tua radio” with, among others, Peppe Servillo, Irene Grandi, Marco Parente), right up to winning the “Premio Carosone”, usually awarded to singers, in September 2003 in Naples. Stefano has played with musicians like Richard Galliano, Gato Barbieri, Pat Metheny, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Scott Colley, Clarence Penn, Paolo Fresu and countless others and appeared on the world's most prestigious stages. Stefano truly is a musician without any musical boundaries and is always looking out for new ideas and collaborations!

Virtuosic, brilliant and unique - those are some of the adjectives used to describe this musician Hamilton De Holanda who sets world audiences ablaze, developing a career studded with awards. Over the past 14 years, Hamilton established a technique reinventing the 10 string Mandolin. Hamilton has devoloped a characteristic way of playing. His phrasing, the extra strings and his powerful sound combined with speed and improvisations are inspiring a new generation with a new sound. Hamilton is not so much after innovation, but after music focussing on beauty and spontaneity. Figures such as Ivan Lins, Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Bethânia, Djavan and João Bosco consider him as being “one of the best musicians in the world”. Hamilton has recorded or shared stages with Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento, Chucho Valdes, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Buena Vista Social Club, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Richard Galliano, Stefano Bollani, Seu Jorge, Ivan Lins, Paquito D`Rivera and has 26 albuns in his discography. With a splendid technique and absolute “brasilian-ness”, Hamilton combines dazzling playing and performance filled with emotion. He is utterly versatile, and feels at ease in any type of line-up.

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