F L O O R S
Francesco Diodati – guitar, electronics; Francesco Ponticelli – double bass, electronics; Filippo Vignato – trombone, electronics
Floors is collective project formed by three of the most intriguing young musicians of the new Italian jazz scene.
Francesco Ponticelli, Francesco Diodati and Filippo Vignato founded the trio driven by a common vision of research that superimposes acoustic sound to electronics, used in real time by all of them.
The name of the band itself evokes a layered and stratified music, with a look at minimalism, at polyrhythmic paths and at the same strong attention to melody and lyricism.
The repertoire, mostly composed of original music written by the three musicians, was premiered at world re-known Umbria Jazz Festival in July 2018.
‘A new group containing three of Italy’s most talented, most fearless players (guitarist Francesco Diodati, trombonist Filippo Vignato, and bassist Francesco Ponticelli) surprised everyone by behaving themselves. They played an atmospheric set of concentrated quietude. Elvis Costello’s “Someone Took the Words Away” emanated into a room of dead silence.’
(Thomas Conrad – JazzTimes)
Francesco Ponticelli is one of the most sight-forward jazz bass players in Italy. Able to fit in the most diverse musical contexts, his career began in the New Generations project by Enrico Rava at just 20 years old.
Since then he has collaborated with many of the most influential musicians of the scene making himself a name for his outstanding musical sensitivity and his endless creative contribution.
Francesco Diodati is a guitarist who takes inspiration from tradition and looks to contemporary music, rock, folk, combining a spontaneous approach to melody and acoustic sound with a brilliant use of electronics and effects. He collaborated with world re-known musicians such as Jim Black, Bobby Previte, Dave Binney and Paolo Fresu to name a few.
Since 2014 he is part of the New Quartet of trumpeter Enrico Rava, with whom he also collaborates in duo.
Filippo Vignato, trombonist and composer, won the ‘Best New Talent’ award in the 2016 ‘Top Jazz’ critics pool promoted by the historic Italian jazz magazine ‘Musica Jazz’, following the release of his debut album ‘Plastic Breath’. He performs intensively in Italy and Europe as a sight-forward sideman and as a leader of his own bands and he is considered as one of the most interesting Italian musicians of his generation.