photos : Emanuele Meschini

“Bortone’s subtle ensemble has a voice of its own. One of the great stuff you never knew about”

Thomas Conrad, The New York City Jazz Record

“One of the most audacious bands of the new jazz scene”

Djam, France

“A brilliant young quartet, forged by a unique relationship between the musicians”

Jazz Magazine, France

“An astonishing evidence of avant-garde spirit in jazz language”

Sentire Ascoltare, Italy

Since 2008 Matteo Bortone has been leading ‘No Land’s’, a french/ Italian band embracing sonic adventures trying to explore the edge between contemporary jazz and rock/pop music. This musical intention is created by bridging a weaving world of contrasts and dialogues between heady melodies, cleverly arranged sweet songs, subtle rhythmic shifts and full-on improvisations where electric and acoustic interwine.

Originally conceived as quartet under the name of ‘Travelers’, in 2019 Bortone’s ensemble experimented new sounds in quintet, building up  a new repertoire commissioned by Novara Jazz Festival and Sudtirol Jazz Festival.

So far, the band released 2 albums garnering critical acclaim both in France and Italy receiving important press awards such as “Révélation Jazzman”, “Jazz Découverte”, (‘4 stars Jazzman’) in France as well as “Jazzit likes it” in Italy. Since then, they toured in Italy, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Taiwan and China.

ANTONIN-TRI HOANG/ JULIEN PONTVIANNE : sax, clarinets

FRANCESCO DIODATI : Guitars

YANNICK LESTRA : Rhodes, Synth

MATTEO BORTONE : Basses, electronics, compositions

ARIEL TESSIER : Drums