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Hobby Horse / Ghost Horse

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Hobby Horse

Dan Kinzelman - woodwinds, electronics, voice
Joe Rehmer - double bass, electronics, voice
Stefano Tamborrino - drums, percussion, electronics, voice

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 more than 14 years of intense activity they released 8 records to widespread critical acclaim and their touring schedule has seen them performing in important festivals and clubs throughout Europe and North America.
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.

Ghost Horse

Dan Kinzelman - tenor sax, bass clarinet
Filippo Vignato - trombone
Glauco Benedetti - euphonium, tuba
Gabrio Baldacci - baritone guitar
Joe Rehmer - electric bass
Stefano Tamborrino - drums

Sprouting from a rich humus of latin and african polyrhythms, Ghost Horse generates a dark and mysterious ecosystem, digesting, decomposing and recombining elements of free jazz, hip hop, blues and loop music. The result is something fascinating but quietly menacing, pulsing and breathing with the visceral force of nature reclaiming abandoned structures.
An expansion of collective trio Hobby Horse, which has been breaking trail for the flowering Italian jazz underground since 2010, Ghost Horse is a natural evolution of their vision, expanding on an already vast dynamic and timbric palette with the addition of three of the most intriguing creative voices in Italy.
"Thunderous applause (and righly so) for sextet Ghost Horse (...) tight and precise, perfectly focused and united, and with a predilection for epic narrative and group improvisation, this band truly takes flight (...) I never want to stop listening."
- Luca Canini, il giornale della musica
Their critically acclaimed debut record, "Trojan", was released in 2019, appearing in numerous best-of lists including The New York City Jazz Record, Il Giornale della Musica, Musica Jazz.
2021 saw the release of their second vinyl, "Live at Area Sismica," followed by "Il Bene Comune" for Hora Records (2022).

• video •

Hobby Horse Live Videos Playlist
Ghost Horse "Pyre" - from Ghost Horse's debut album "Trojan" (2019)

• links •

Official Website for Hobby Horse and Ghost Horse
Bandcamp for Hobby Horse
Bandcamp for Ghost Horse
Instagram for Hobby Horse and Ghost Horse
Press Quotes for Hobby Horse and Ghost Horse

• Dan Kinzelman projects •


Mirco Rubegni - trumpet, french horn, percussion
Manuele Morbidini - alto sax, percussion
Dan Kinzelman - tenor sax, clarinet, flute, percussion
Rossano Emili - baritone sax, bass clarinet, percussion

Unfall Press Kit
Unfall Promo Video

Dan Kinzelman & Stefano Costanzo

Dan Kinzelman - tenor sax, bass clarinet
Stefano Costanzo - drums, bowl, bells, objects, feed-drum

Kinzelman-Costanzo Press Kit


Dan Kinzelman - tenor sax

Resist/Evolve Press Kit
Resist/Evolve Promo Video

• biography •

Following early experiences as soloist and musical director with Enrico Rava, Mauro Ottolini and Giovanni Guidi, saxophonist Dan Kinzelman has expanded his practice to embrace improvised music, performance art and electronic composition for dance. With collective trio Hobby Horse, sextet Ghost Horse and his wind quartet Unfall he has developed a fluid approach to genre boundaries which characterizes much of his work. His long-standing collaboration with choreographer Daniele Ninarello has given him greater awareness of the body's role in musical and non-musical performance practice, informing his latest solo project Resist/Evolve, a site-specific work which explores the emotive impact of special breathing techniques on the body of the artist and spectator, located at the intersection of music, sound art and performance.
In recent years he has developed a series of projects in the field of improvised music, including a duo with drummer Stefano Costanzo and a duo with organist and noise musician Romain Bertheau, as well as Six Memos, a site-specific project inspired by Italo Calvino's seminal collection of lectures Six Memos for the Next Millenium, published poshumously.
In addition to his work on stage, he has lectured at University of Miami (USA), Sibelius Academy (Finland), Monash University (Australia) and Innsbruck Conservatory (Austria).
He has worked as artistic mentor in the performing arts (Pił-Erbacce and Incubatore) and is docent of saxophone and ensemble practices at Siena Jazz University's master's program.
He has toured extensively with his projects throughout Europe, North America and Asia, performing in festivals such as Saidance Festival, London Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, Belgrade Jazz Festival, Fabbrica Europa, Saalfelden 3-Tage Jazz, Roma Europa Festival, Aerowaves, New Italian Dance Platform and more.


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