Stefania Tallini was a teacher of jazz piano for several years at the Conservatory of Pesaro, and she is currently a professor at the Conservatory of Benevento. Her artistic activity spans collaborations with numerous musicians, film music, abundant performances in both jazz and classical music, creations for theater, television and radio.
Her creative power is also reflected in countless record releases. Uneven (2020) is her tenth album as a leader. Pianist Stefania Tallini works on her new album with drummer Gregory Hutchinson and double bass player Matteo Bortone. A formation that is not born of necessity, but an expression of her advanced experience and the result of a lengthy selection process.
The title of the album is the demand that Stefania makes on herself and her music, and at the same time the listeners can expect from her. In her own words: "The feeling of unpredictability and surprise at setting off upon new pathways together, the exploration of various different possible solutions through a total freedom in thinking about music, and the sense of play combined with lively fantasy".
With A Twin Thought, Stefania delicately approaches her subject of concern. The theme has dynamism, depth and elegance. Nevertheless, Hutchinson and Bortone do not set the direction, but rather only provide accents.
Uneven does justice to its title, the meaning of the word, and its interpretation set by the composer through idiosyncratic, unpredictable playing and the instrumentation chosen. One probably needs such a premise to enjoy the following Il Sogno to the fullest. Il Sogno means The Dream and its Stefania's personal reverie.
The Cyclops Islands (Le Isole dei Ciclopi) are a small group of islands in the Ionian Sea. They are located off the east coast of Sicily. After the kind of musical progression that goes somewhat into salsa, Stefania describes not the loveliness of the archipelago but its fabled origins.
The night is for sleeping or for some night owls for
entertainment and amusement. For which type do you think
Stefania wrote her anthem In the Night? Bluesme
lets it rumble. It's amazing that many listeners only know jazz
in this style.
Anna has a melodic character, which gives a lot of time
to think and into which everyone can interpret his own emotional
world. In a Cave conveys a feeling of confinement and
the reaction to this confinement, where the feelings bounce off
the walls. If you listen to the same piece on the piano, it
immediately takes on a different meaning. That's how strongly
the instrument can influence the impetus. Finally a song from
the American Songbook, The Nearness of You.