Hobby Horse

Date: 
Tue Jun 25 6:45pm
Ticket Price: 
Free Admission

Presented as part of the Spotlight on Italy by Toronto Downtown Jazz, the Instituto Italiano di Cultura and I-Jazz, with support from the Italian National Tourist Board

Dan Kinzelman – Winds/Percussion/Voice/Electronics
Joe Rehmer – Bass/Harmonium/Voice/Electronics
Stefano Tamborrino – Drums/Voice/Electronics

Hobby Horse is a progressive/experimental/crossover jazz trio based in Italy, figurehead of the rapidly developing new Italian jazz scene, but equally comfortable playing underground rock venues and dance clubs. During 6 years of intense activity they have released 5 records to widespread critical acclaim and their touring schedule has seen them performing in important festivals and clubs throughout Europe and North America including Umbria Jazz, Jazzwerkstatt Graz, Sudtirol Jazz Festival, Ton Art Tirol, Saxstall, Skylark Chicago, Jazz Estate Milwaukee and Ausland Berlin.

Their music is a wildly unpredictable mix of styles, a melting pot of musical languages ranging from slam poetry to techno to psychedelic bossanova, prog rock, hip-hop and chamber music. Passing from hypnotic drones to violent explosions of noise, they manage to maintain an underlying sense of balance, shared exploration and discovery, sculpting their sets into an overarching form which maintains artistic coherence despite (or perhaps due to) the drastic contrasts it contains.

‘...extremely original and unpredictable, sophisticated and powerfully visceral...one of the most intriguing and unique groups on the Italian scene.’ - Neri Pollastri, Allaboutjazz

‘...Energetic and overpowering, an uninterrupted collective flow.’ - Roberto Pavaglianiti, Strategie Oblique

‘I expected much, and I got even more: telepathic interplay, languid and subtle jazz with shadings of pop (including a delicious version of Nick Drake’s ‘Three Hours’), burning accelerandos, startling interpretive choices. And an unbelievable unity, something essential and pure in the group sound which was a simple joy to hear. Hobby Horse is among the very best that Italy has to offer.’ - Luca Canini,
Allaboutjazz

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