Eldar Tsalikov - alto & c-melody saxes, clarinet
Elias Stemeseder - piano Igor Spallati - double bass
Ugo Alunni - drums

„Pianist Elias Stemeseder cares neither about the rules of the jazz - establishment, nor
about tho- se of the postmodern. He rather has his completely unique pulse.“ 
Wolf Kampmann, Jazz Thing
„This was an impressive solo performance by a pianist we're sure to hear more of in the future.“ 
Ian Patterson, All About Jazz UK
„This young Austrian is a huge discovery. He plays with a serene melancholy that is almost distur- bing at such a young age.“ 
About the band: 
Elias Stemeseder had thought about making a band to play his original music for a while, but he could never settle on a sonic concept and a musical direction. Fortunately, with these people he found no need to settle anything. Schooled by Jim Black’s uncompromising search for contrast and melody in composing, Elias Stemeseder’s writing for this project touches a number of different genres yet always maintains a very personal touch.
Building on a musical foundation rooted in jazz, each of the quartets’ members brings to the ta- ble a very personal passion for other musics: Eldar Tsalikov has in less than three years made a name for himself as one of Berlin’s most refined interpreters of Middle Eastern and Balkan music and 20’s manouche swing. Inspired by Aphex Twin’s ‚Drukqs‘ album, Elias Stemeseder has been using preparations in the last years in order to get a percussive extension to the ‚normal‘ piano sound. Igor Spallati enjoyed classical training before getting into jazz, so his knowledge of con- temporary classical music and his arco voice seeks comparison. Ugo Alunni’s love for African music and heavy metal account for the grounded yet eruptive vibe of the music. 
Aware of the reciprocity of tradition and innovation, the quartet glides between jazz, folk, pop and new music with the elegance of a snake, leaving back traces of de- and peculiar reconstruc- tion. 

Thomas Fitterling, RONDO Magazin 

About the musicians: 
Elias Stemeseder (AUT) - Piano
Born in Salzburg, Austria in 1990, Elias Stemeseder moved to Berlin in 2010 to study under the guidance of Tino Derado, Greg Cohen, John Hollenbeck and Kurt Rosenwinkel. He currently li- ves and works in Berlin. 
Since 2008 Elias has been working and studying extensively with the American drummer Jim Black. Completed by Thomas Morgan on double bass, the Jim Black Trio has so far released two recordings, „Somatic“ (2011) and „Actuality“ (2014) on the German label Winter&Winter. Alongside Jim Black and guitarist Nels Cline, Elias is also part of the collective power trio „Eye- bone“, in which he plays the Wurlitzer piano and bass synthesizers. 
As a solo performer he has performed at the Nuoro Jazz Festival (IT), Haus Der Berliner Festspie- le (DE) and at the 2015 edition of the 12points Festival in Dublin (IRL). 
Elias’ playing is featured on a number of releases by projects from both Europe and the USA (among those, „Anna Webber’s Percussive Mechanics“ and Philipp Gropper’s „Philm“, as well as the collective trio „Jagged Spheres“). In addition, he has recently been working with Greg Cohen, Chris Tordini, Oskar Gudjonsson, Petter Eldh and Ellery Eskelin. 
Web-page: www.eliasstemeseder.com
Eldar Tsalikov (RUS) - Saxophone/Clarinet
Born in 1993, in Rostov on Don, Russia. After finishing studying at the «Kim Nazaretov Children’s Jazz School», Eldar moved in Berlin in 2011, where he’s currently studying at the «Jazz-Institut-Berlin» with such great musicians as Peter Weniger, Greg Cohen and John Hollenbeck. 
The first time Eldar visited Europe in June 2005, when he took a part in the «Glasgow International Jazz Festival», and since then has been traveling and performing in such countries as Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Denmark, Greece, Poland and etc. 
Along with his own gypsy-swing group «Eldar Tsalikov FO’tet», Eldar has been taking a part in numerous projects, collaborating with such great artists as Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Dave Liebman, Evan Christopher, Wycliffe Gordon, Irvin Mayfield, Anna Webber, Jerry Bergonzi, Tommy Smith, Dennis Rowland. 

Igor Spallati (ITA) - Double Bass Born in 1985 in Perugia. 
After completing his classical double bass studies in Italy with M° Silvio Bruni and Francesco Pe- tracchi, he moved to Berlin to study the “ Jazz Institut Berlin “ with Greg Cohen, John Hollen- beck and Kurt Rosenwinkel . He has been performing all over Europe and Japan, playing with different bands and different kinds of music. 
He has played with: Joe Chambers, Fred Hersch, David Russel, Brad Shepik, David Gilmore, Pie- tro Tonolo, Gabriele Mirabassi, Mike Richmond, Joe Hisaishi... In festivals like Umbria Jazz, Jazz at Baltica, Rumori Mediterranei ( among others ). 
Ugo Alunni (ITA) - Drums
Born in Perugia, there he attended the Conservatory "F.Morlacchi" after which he investigated further the drums at the Collective School of Music in New York City. 
He currently resides in Berlin and attends the Jazz Institute under the guidance of John Hollen- beck, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Cohen and David Friedman. He has played with: 

Rossano Emili, Perugia Jazz Orchestra, Pietro Tonolo, Joe Chambers, Andrea Beneventano, Dan Kinzelman, Joe Rehmer, Marco Ferri, Francesco Lento, Alessandro Lanzoni, Uli Kempendorff, Ed Partyka, Peter Weniger, Julia Hülsmann and many others. 

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