Minus one festival, the artists

Zadeno Trio winners of the European jazz contest 2017


Claudio Jr De Rosa - sax
Alessio Bruno - double bass
Jacopo Zanette - drums

Guests at Minus one festival: Zadeno Trio, an ambitious formation born in Holland in the summer of 2014, is a project led by the neapolitan saxophonist Claudio Jr De Rosa and completed by Alessio Bruno on double bass and Jacopo Zanette on drums. The sound of the trio, mainly based on a traditional post-bop language, has acquired over time elements of great modernity, as result of the influence of trios such as those of Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Elvin Jones and later of formations led by musicians such as Chris Potter and Joshua Redman. The three musicians, coming from different musical experiences, met in Holland, and performed in about 90 concerts in Italy, Belgium, Holland and Romania. Winners of international awards ("Premio Terme Preistoriche", won during the Jazz Festival "Jazz by the Pool 2014" in Montegrotto Terme), they recorded and published for the "Emme Record Label" their first album, "Holes in the Ground" in February 2016. The next recording work is scheduled for January 2018.

All the musicians participate in the project as composers and arrangers, continuously bringing new life, ideas and music material. Zadeno Trio, not having a harmonic instrument in its ensemble, makes constant reharmonization and rhythmic/harmonic interplay two fundamental elements of its sound. On November 20, 2017 they won the European Jazz Contest, an international contest for young jazz artists organized by Saint Louis College of Music. On the jury an international commission made up of musicians and experts such as Enrico Intra, Paolo Damiani, Stefano Mastruzzi and many others.

Liliko Korkotashvili, Vocals

Special guest of Zadeno Trio

I was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1998.
Music has always been a part of my life, so I enrolled in the Tbilisi Conservatory in the department of classical music - classical flute - and studied there from 2009 to 2016. As soon as I finished the course, I decided to continue my studies in the Department of Jazz, as a singer.

In 2017 I had the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus+ project, studying at the Siena Jazz Academy in Italy.

I participated in several music projects, gaining multiple experiences, including performing in popular and famous festivals in Georgia such as “Tbilisi Kavkaz Jazz” and “Tbilisi Jazz festival”.


Stefano Minder, vocals
Antoni Zygmunt Kuzak, alto sax
Lorenzo Nanni, piano
Alessio Renda, bass
Emanuele Della Cuna, drums

Guest at minus one festival: Stefano Minder presents "Love Through My Eyes". Deeply devoted to songwriting between Jazz and Soul, the singer and pianist Stefano Minder presents his first CD "Love Through My Eyes". Through his continuous research in the musical field, Stefano undertakes different ways to experiment with new methods on how to use the voice, to recreate new colors and worlds.

His motto is: “The voice is an instrument in all respects, capable of expressing deep feelings that perhaps no other instrument can do. It is directly connected with the soul and becomes its audible expression; converts the invisible into visible, creates new sounds and colors, transforms an emotion into music. The voice is an instrument to be discovered, subject to continuous evolution and expansion. An expansion that goes beyond our imaginable limits".


Lasha Deisadze, Guitar

Special Guest of Stefano Minder “Love through my eyes”


ATRìO. feat. PixFoil

Gianluca Massetti - piano
Dario Giacovelli - bass
Moreno Maugliani - drums
PixFoil - electronics

The "Atrìo." are born from a deep friendship connected to music respecting all styles.
The passion for jazz is combined with the search for simple melodies and rhythmic energy, with an eye to contemporary music genres.

The formation was born in 2013. Its work is focused on the creation of original pieces, through which the musicians undertake a search for rhythmic solutions based on the concept of subordination and metric modulation. Parallel to this process, they give their personal tribute to tradition by working on pieces from the jazz and popular world.

They immediately project in an intense live activity, both performing live in Roman clubs, and participating in national and international festivals.
2015 sees them as protagonists at the open Jazz Festival in Palermo, the Jazz Festival in Mantua, the Locus Festival in Locorotondo, the Jazzit Festival in Collescipoli, the Piccolo Festival Animato in Rome (opening for the Radiotrio), the Unesco World Jazz Day at La Casa Del Jazz of Rome.

Between September and December they embark on a mini European tour touching Helsinki, Maastricht and Aalborg as part of the "Italian Jazz On The Road" initiative.
On 9 September they perform at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome, recording their first live album produced by Camilla Records with guests Rosario Giuliani and Javier Girotto.
2016 opens with the B-Jazz Festival Competition held in Leuven, Belgium. They pass the selection by entering the first 6 projects out of over 150 proposals from all over Europe, ranking fourth with excellent recognition from the public and critics.

Parallel to the writing and composition of Trio pieces, they dedicate themselves to collaborations with artists from different musical backgrounds, such as Serena Brancale and Javier Girotto.

PixFoil is the "Avatar" of Luca Spagnoletti in his various reincarnations of electronic music. PixFoil can manifest itself, depending on the occasion, in various formations or simply "solo" but maintaining its experimental, minimalist and glitch nature. This integrates with abstract visual narratives, generated by the mixture of unique synthetic generation images and images of various analog origin. PixFoil aims to recover the experience of authors as live instruments and improvisers, supplemented by the background of experimenters in electronic composition; This set is underlined by synchronisms and visual chromas induced by the same sound suggestions, a reciprocity that manifests itself as an indissoluble union between the different languages.

Guest at Minus one festival

Lasha Sakvarelidze, Sax
Special Guest of Atrìo. feat. Pixfoil

Born in Kutaisi, Georgia, in 1992.
Between 2002 and 2007 he studied music at Conway Middle School and Boone High School in Orlando, Florida. In 2016 he received a BA in Jazz Performance from the Newpark Music Center in Dublin, Ireland.
In 2018 he studied at the Jazz Academy of Siena, in Italy with Erasmus+ through the Tbilisi State Conservatory.
Since 2016 he has been a regular member of the “Reso Kiknadze Quintet”.

Minus One festival Paolo-damiani


Paolo Damiani - double bass and music
Simone Alessandrini - saxophone
Daphne Nisi - vocals
Francesco Fratini - trumpet
Andrea Molinari - guitar
Fabio Sasso - drums

A newborn project that proposes itself at the Minus one festival. This new project includes young musicians now very established and leaders of their own formations. Here they are guided by Paolo Damiani, composer, cellist and director of the Jazz Department of Santa Cecilia Conservatory. The repertoire includes original compositions by Paolo Damiani, characterized by an original melodic vein that has its roots in the ethnic music of the Southern Italy and in Italian Opera.
In the songs, although strongly structured, the lines of counterpoint tend to generate open and flexible spaces in which the breath and the sudden gesture dance freely and joyfully. The cantability of the compositions never renounces research, understood above all as curious listening, invention, amazement, ironic erranza, pleasure, enjoyment."
The "New Band" project is representative of the great collectives of graduate and graduating students that the Maestro Damiani involved in his projects, producing music with them and taking them on tour as for the National Jazz Young Talents Orchestra. As it is for the Orchestra, the Saint Louis supports and encourages this type of projects, finding that they are strongly formative for the students since it provides them with the possibility of interfacing with great Masters in highly professional situations. Precisely for this reason in 2016 the Saint Louis Management, through its label Camilla Records published: "Ma che ci fanno le foglie negli armadi" which envolved Maestro Damiani accompanied by the Orchestra Nazionale Jazz Giovani Talenti.

Pentatomic - Melodic Minor, Seminar on the modal system


Nicola Di Tommaso - guitar
Giuseppe Romagnoli - double bass
Francesco Fratini - trumpet
Matteo Bultrini - drums

Guest at the Minus one festival: Nicola Di Tommaso quartet amazes for the great jazz coherence and awareness, with original compositions that, although they leave room for innovation and stylistic contaminations, are rooted in the strength and stability of great jazz. The musicians who compose it are among the leading names of the new Italian scene, distinguished by style, technical ability and originality.

The sound of the trio is characterized by the strong interaction between the guitar and the rhythm section. The guitar in fact binds perfectly with the music idea of rhythmics, developing the thematic material with counterpoints and melodic joints. Matteo Bultrini's drums and Giuseppe Romagnoli's double bass create a solid and powerful rhythmic section that, aware of tradition, bases its playing on modern polyrhythmias. Stylistically, the trio's music approaches contemporary American jazz and, without forgetting its origins, is inscribed in the wake of its most recent transformations, adding a European breath.

In the pieces there is an alternation of thematic lyricism and more complex atmospheres, in which various musical styles coexist. Improvisation, nourished by the skilful interplay between the musicians, remains the characterizing and predominant element, completing the group's sound.

The trumpet of Francesco Fratini, a young star of Italian jazz, is added to the trio.

Reso Kiknadze

Guest at Minus one festival REZO KIKNADZE, Tenor and Soprano sax, Duduk and electronics

Special Guest of Paolo Damiani “New Band” and Nicola Di Tommaso 4tet

He studied classical philology at Tbilisi State University. He played saxophone in the Georgian TV Big Band and Conservatory Jazz Quintet, performing at various festivals in Tbilisi, Tallin, Vilnius. In 1986-90 he studied Georgian traditional music and composition at the Tbilisi Consevatory.

In 1992-94 she was part of the improvisational ensemble 'Nuova Sonanza', collaborating with "tatoeba – theatre dance grotesque", a traditional German-Japanese dance company. Since 2000 he has collaborated with TanzOrt Nord, a contemporary dance company in Lübeck. In 2002 he created the 'Resolution Group', an ensemble of electroacoustic music improvisation.

In 2007 he co-organized the 'close encounters' Swiss-Georgian festival. He is currently Professor of Electroacoustic Music at Ilia State University in Tbilisi in Georgia and the Rector of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire. He has played as a saxophonist and electronic musician all over the world. He is composer and co-author of multiple dance, visual arts, poetry, cinema and theater projects.



Paolo Zou - guitar
Benjamin Ventura - piano and keyboards
Stefano Rossi - bass
Davide Savarese - drums

Guest at the Minus one festival: Dumbo Station was born in October 2015 from the meeting between Paolo Zou (guitar), Benjamin Ventura (piano and keyboards) and Stefano Rossi (electric bass). The alchemy between the three, musical and non, is evident right away, and is further strengthened by the new entry into the group: Davide Savarese (drums).
The group immediately began an intense concert activity, becoming the resident band of the Rome Groove Session, a music reality that has taken hold in the Roman music scene since 2016, inspired by the multi-stylistic jams of northern Europe.

Thanks to this collaboration, the group has the opportunity to weekly accompany artists from the jazz / soul / hip hop music scene (some of the artists accompanied: Gregory Hutchinson, Rosario Giuliani, Danno, Colle Der Fomento, Maurizio Giammarco, Dario Deidda, Michele Papadia, Fabio Zeppetella, Pierpaolo Principato, Stefano Sabatini, Phil Aelony, Davide Shorty, Lello Panico and Antonello Sorrentino).

In parallel with the concert activity, the quartet has been engaged since its inception in the production of its debut album, which includes only original songs. The result is an extremely eclectic work, ranging from modern jazz to traditional jazz, from funk to gospel, up to nu soul and Hip Hop/Rap; all while keeping interplay and improvisation as cornerstones.

The record work, entitled "Tirana Café", was recorded in May (2017) at Enrico Furzi's "La Strada recording Studios" (with the participation of Davide Shorty, Maurizio Giammarco, Vincenzo Presta and Elvio Ghigliordini), and is released on 25 January 2018 for Alfa Music.
The group's most recent activities include a mini-concert tour with well-known jazz saxophonist Rosario Giuliani and participation as a finalist in the B-Jazz International Contest.

The group has recently concluded the summer tour for the presentation of “Tirana Cafè”, of which the reissue on vinyl is now available in collaboration with Tuffkong Records.
In the meantime Dumbo Station is dedicating itself to writing the next recording work, as well as two new projects that will be unveiled during 2018/2019.


Tornike Abuladze, Alto sax

Special Guest of Dumbo Station

Born in Kutaisi, Georgia.
Since 2017 he has been studying at the Tbilisi State Conservatory and playing in many local events in different formations, together with fellow students and already established professionals.


For more information on Minus One: marzia@slmc.it