A pianist and composer born near Reykjavik debuted on the jazz scene in 1997. Her music is the bridge between Brooklyn and Reykjavik jazz, with European elegance, is fiery and has the New York passion.
The work of Sunny Gunnlaugs is influenced by American pianists Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, as well as by Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson. In her compositions she combines lyrical melodic themes with a striking rhythmic section.
As a child, Sunna Gunnlaugs grew up on the small Seltjarnarnes peninsula near Reykjavik. At the insistence of her mother, she began learning to play the organ. “I didn't like the idea of playing the piano as a child. I had this image of the classical pianists who seemed to have no fun playing. But you could play anything on the organ, the Beatles, the Polkas, Strauss, and it fun. However I realized that various music can be played on the piano and it was all because of the Bill Evans Trio You're Gonna Hear From Me recording, which made me get to modern jazz, ” recalls Gunnlaugs. She returns to Prague after 3 years.
jazz pianist born in 1970 in Perugia (Italy), but has been living in Paris for most of his professional life. Although his father was an amateur musician, he discouraged his son, who tried to practice playing the family piano. Only at the age of sixteen did Giovanni take his first piano lessons with his teacher. It was he who introduced him to jazz. His brother Gabriele is a world-famous clarinetist.
In Italy, soon he played with international stars such as Chet Baker (1987) and Steve Grossman (1988). In 1992 he decided to settle in Paris.
His choice to become a professional musician has proven to be right. Already in 1996 he won the award as the best soloist on Tremplin Jazz Avignon2. That same year he created the duade with bassist Pierre-Stéphane Michel and recorded his first album called En bonne et due form.
Since then, his career has expanded to include the role of head of theater and study. He has collaborated with many musicians from the Parisian and international scene, such as Stefano Di Battista, Flavio Boltro, Louis Moutin, Glenn Ferris, Andrzej Jagodzinski and Michel Portal and many others. He has performed at many international venues and festivals such as the Paris Jazz Festival, the Era Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival in Paris, the Northsea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. He has performed several concerts in Japan, some of them have also produced live albums.
So far he has recorded more than 20 albums as a soloist, as a member of a jazz band, but also with an orchestra.