Kekko Fornarelli Trio

Kekko Fornarelli Trio

 Bari, Apulia, ITA
BandJazz

Kekko Fornarelli is one of the most widely appreciated young pianists internationally. An impressive career, he has travelled around Europe working with an impressive array of artists.His main project is the Kekko Fornarelli Trio, that has been successfully touring Europe since last year.

Biography

Kekko Fornarelli (born Francesco Fornarelli - Bari, Italy 1978) is one of the most widely appreciated young pianists internationally. He began learning piano at the age of three, first through private tuition and later at Conservatorio Piccinni, Bari. Fornarelli's love for jazz music began at the age of 18, when he decided to drop out of music school to immerse himself in a life journey of musical discovery, which led him to travel all over the world. Opportunities were created throughout this journey allowing him the chance to meet a great number of artists - including Michel Benita, Yuri Goloubev, Benjamin Henocq, Nicolas Folmer, Jerome Regard, Andy Gravish, Eric Prost, Marco Tamburini, Jean-Luc Rimey Meille - and develop his skills.

In 2005 he moved to Lyon, France, where he lived for three years, meeting different artists, such as Manhu Roche, Flavio Boltro and Rosario Giuliani.
In 2009, at a time when Fornarelli's talent had started to become widely recognized after two albums Circular Thought and A French Man in New York – both critically acclaimed - he made the decision to take a break. Three years of darkness, as he himself defined this period, spent contemplating and pursuing knowledge towards his personal vision of music. This period of time led him to shape the idea that jazz needs to turn into something different, to free itself from its sometimes outdated traditions and from its temptations to withdraw into itself.
His latest album, Room of Mirrors, released in 2011 embodies the new ideologies from his explorations. After three years of silence, Kekko Fornarelli becomes a subject of conversation once more, also thanks to his new project - the Kekko Fornarelli Trio, that has been successfully touring all around Europe.

Discography

Room of mirrors
2011
Label Auand Records
Edition details Jazz Engine Ed. Musicali

A French Man in New York
2007
Label Wide Sound
Edition details Musicomania Ed.

Circular Thought
2005
Label Wide Sound
Edition details Musicomania Ed.