Stefano Bollani was born in Milan, and began playing piano at 6, enrolling in Florence’s Cherubini Conservatory five years later. He made his first professional performances at 15, initially in pop contexts; work with Enrico Rava from1996 confirmed a deeper commitment to jazz. Since then he has played with numerous musicians including Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Michel Portal, Gato Barbieri, Richard Galliano etc. ECM recordings with Rava since 2003 – “Easy Living”, “Tati”, “The Third Man” and just recently “New York Days”- and his own album “Piano Solo” in 2006. Non-ECM albums include two with the “Danish trio” with Bodilsen and Lund, “Mi ritorni in mente” and “Gleda”. Bollani’s many awards include the European Jazz Prize 2007. He has written for ensembles of all sizes, collaborated with Brazilian musicians, and published a novel (“La Sindrome di Brontolo”, 2006).
Jesper Bodilsen and Morten Lund both attended Denmark’s Royal Music Academy in Aarhus, and have played together in numerous contexts since then, along the way becoming, as has been frequently noted, the tightest bass/drums team of their generation on the Danish jazz scene. Bodilsen has been playing professionally since 1985 and has performed and/or recorded with Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Enrico Rava, Ed Thigpen, John Abercrombie, James Moody, Jeff Tain Watts, Paolo Fresu among others. Lund has performed and recorded with Mike Stern, Curtis Stigers, Cæcilie Norby, Lars Danielsson, Ulf Wakenius, Christian McBride, Avishai Cohen, Chris Minh Doky, Silje Nergaard, Viktoria Tolstoy, Anders Jormin, Bobo Stenson, Lars Jansson, Bob Mintzer, Tom Harrell, Johnny Griffin, Phil Woods, Etta Cameron, NHØP, and many others. Bodilsen and Lund have each appeared on around 100 albums. “Stone in the Water” is their first for ECM.