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Lorenzo Sighel  // saxophon
Marco Stagni // bass
Max Plattner // drums

MPT (c) Florian Augustus Alexander

Memorable songs, signature arrangements: Smart compositions subverting jazz clichés subtly and three musicians taking their music more serious than themselves.

Lorenzo Sighel, Marco Stagni, and Max Plattner represent a generation of jazz musicians influenced by pop culture. With skillful musicality, sophisticated composition, and a good sense of humor, they dive into questions and phenomena of today.

But in the development, they never lose sight of their passion for jazz music. The incredible joy in playing they develop on stage excites the audience, even without conventionally adding instruments for harmonies. Therein lies the trio’s strength: to get harmony into their pieces without the traditional means at hand. With saxophone, bass, and drums only, they create catchy tunes—touching in their clarity while at the same time brought on stage raw and dirty.

In January 2018, they met to record their debut album. A total of nine songs was recorded to be later split up on two EPs. The first four compositions are to be found on »Beta EP« and were presented on an Austria and Germany tour in April 2018. This record was released on the Vienna label »Do Mjusik« and is available on Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, iTunes as well as Apple Music since December 21, 2018.

The five remaining pieces were released on their second EP “Beats & Ballads” in March 2019. On the tour of the same name the trio played in clubs in Italy, Austria, and Germany.

Max Plattner Trio’s debut album “II” makes your ears prick up at the sound of their self-composed songs which uniquely, cunningly and tastefully play with jazz. It’s a game of opposites which needs no instructions, leading you through the 13-track album with compositional charm.

The Italian-Austrian trio draws on musical influences from different parts of the world as well as topics close to the realm of pop culture. This has resulted in songs that attest to an incredible sense not only of sound but also of how to convey intense emotions, songs that create an entirely unique atmosphere in which you can lose yourself and at the same time find yourself.

Partly aided by computer-generated voice, partly through the use of cyclic harmony, the trio creates both mysterious and familiar soundscapes which time and again open up enormous spaces for solos that are filled with a well-balanced dose of improvised moments.

Even without a harmony instrument, Lorenzo Sighel, Marco Stagni und Max Plattner succeed in creating memorable melodies which are touchingly clear while at the same time presented to the listener in a “raw and dirty” way.

The trio’s debut album “II” is not a concept album. On the contrary: every song tells its own story. A story which becomes visible in one’s mind’s eye while listening, always collapsing in the face of its contrarieties, only to be reassembled again then and there.

In a delicate, yet powerful way they combine solemn melancholy and light-hearted exuberance in a dialectic relationship. In this way, dull and lucid states of mind always become somehow impetuous protagonists of their extraordinary creation. The trio fully relishes the freedom of interpretation that both instrumental music and everyday occurrences offer, and the musicians’ inventiveness and passion for such interpretational freedom is clearly audible.

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