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Matthieu Bordenave/ Giovanni Guidi/ Emmanuele Maniscalco

  • Matthieu Bordenave
  • Giovanni Guidi
  • Emanuele Maniscalco
Booking: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, East Europe

The newly formed trio with saxophonist Matthieu Bordenave, Giovanni Guidi on piano and Emanuele Maniscalco on drums will undoubtedly cast a spell over its listeners. The three artists, who record for the ECM label, explore the art of trio playing in their very own way, always in search of a coherent unity in musical diversity.

Matthieu Bordenave’s “beguiling saxophone sound” (Deutschlandfunk) and melodic sensitivity find the ideal ally in Giovanni Guidi, a pianist praised by Enrico Rava for his “boundless curiosity” and “unyielding refinement”. Emanuele Maniscalco’s complex yet finely shaded drumming – which he perfected through many years of collaboration with renowned jazz musicians such as Stefano Bollani – lends the ensemble a further dimension of dynamic intensity.

From ballads that shimmer with inner tension to energetic, avant-garde pieces – the musical spectrum reflects the openness of the three musicians as well as their unconditional will to be creatively daring.


Matthieu Bordenave is a French saxophonist and clarinetist, who is currently based in Munich, Germany. Born in 1983 in Southern France, he began his early musical studies with classical saxophonist Christian Charnay and with Thierry Girault (jazz) in Annecy, before he moved to Paris at the age of 17, where he continued to work with André Villéger. He entered the national conservatory (CNSM), studying in its department of jazz and improvised music. His workshops teachers in Paris included Chris Potter, Louis Sclavis, Paolo Fresu, Marc Johnson and bass-clarinetists Jean-Marc Volta and Philippe-Olivier Deveaux. His musical education continued at the Musikhochschule of Munich where he graduated with a Master of Music, he also received the DAAD Prize during his studies.
He has performed with some of most outstanding musicians including Lee Konitz, Rudi Mahall, Yaron Herman, Henning Sieverts, Florian Weber, Shinya Fukumori, Peter O’Mara, Geoff Goodman.

Giovanni Guidi, born on February 6, 1985, is an outstanding Italian pianist and composer known for his expressive creativity and imaginative approach to jazz. Growing up in Foligno, a town in Umbria, he discovered his love for music at an early age and started playing the piano at the age of four.
Guidi’s musical journey led him to intensive studies at the Conservatorio di Musica “L. Refice” in Frosinone, where he honed his pianistic skills. His training allowed him to explore a wide range of styles and techniques, from traditional jazz to contemporary avant-garde.
Giovanni Guidi’s career has been internationally recognized through his collaboration with the renowned ECM label. Under ECM, he released a series of albums that were praised by critics for their harmonic subtlety and emotional depth. His ability to interweave melody and improvisation gives his music a unique lyrical quality. Guidi has worked not only as a bandleader, but also as a sought-after sideman with various greats of the jazz scene. His collaborations with musicians such as Enrico Rava, Gianluca Petrella and Louis Sclavis highlight his talent as a sensitive accompanist and innovative improviser.
His artistic path is characterized by the search for new forms of expression and a deep understanding of the cultural diversity of jazz. Giovanni Guidi remains a fascinating personality in the contemporary jazz landscape and his musical journey continues, always in search of new creative horizons.

Emanuele Maniscalco, born in 1983, is an outstanding Italian percussionist and composer whose musical work is characterized by innovative energy and creative diversity. His musical journey began in Palermo, Sicily, where he discovered his interest in percussion at an early age.
Maniscalco deepened his percussion skills by studying at the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini in Palermo. There he developed his skills as a versatile percussionist and acquired a solid understanding of musical composition and improvisation.
His career has been internationally recognized through collaborations with renowned jazz musicians such as Enrico Rava, Thomas Morgan, Stefano Battaglia or Stefano Bollani and his work on the prestigious ECM label. Under ECM, Maniscalco has released albums that highlight his unique capacity for rhythmic innovation and his sensitive interplay with other musicians. His collaborative projects span various styles and genres, from traditional jazz to avant-garde experimentation. His drumming is characterized by precision, dynamics and creative freedom, and his ability to master complex rhythms with ease makes him one of the most sought-after drummers on the contemporary jazz scene.
Emanuele Maniscalco remains a fascinating personality who is constantly pushing the boundaries of drums and percussion in jazz. His musical journey is characterized by a quest for artistic development and a deep commitment to the diversity of expressive possibilities in the world of improvised music.

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