"boundless and timeless music of unbelievable beauty" Moors Magazine

"What OttoMani is shaking out of their hands, deserves a lot, a lot of airplay, because it is very refined, flawless and above all breathtakingly beautiful!" Rootstime

"Acoustic music with links to Jazz, contemporary and middle eastern music. The sound of Tolga's guitar sometimes resembles that of an ud, reminding one of Renaud Garcia Fonds. The pieces are ambitious, well-worked compositions, that let the music breathe and invite us to a dreamlike travel. Tolga has a very natural, clear sound, and plays inspired improvisations that are disciplined and deeply musical." Francis Couvreux, Etudes Gitanes

"Music of rare beauty" Alessandro Nobis, Folk Bulletin

About OttoMani...

OttoMani (eight hands in Italian) is a new musical project that
blends western contemporary music and Jazz with elements from traditional music from around the Mediterranean sea. The compositions are all written by Tolga During, a Dutch-Turkish guitarist who's currently living in Italy. Although the music is meticulously arranged, there's also much space for improvisation and interplay.

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Francesco Ganassin:
bass clarinet

He's at the core of various international ensembles, such as New Landscapes, Rituali, Radici,
Eptagroove, Caravaggio Ensemble, Stephane Casalta, Cihat Askin Ensemble, Andrea Ruggeri
Ensemble, Ottomani, Calicanto, Orchestra Popolare delle Dolomiti, has made over thirty cd's and holds
concerts all over Europe.

He has performed at important jazz and world music festivals: Kaustinen Music Festival, Festival
Interceltico Moana, Nuoro Jazz, Bergamo Jazz, Argini e Margini, Segovia Folk, Tradicionarius Barcelona,
Fira Mediterrania de Manresa, Notte della Taranta, Trad.It! Groningen, Mandopolis, Itinerari Folk, Aplec
Folk, Musikè, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, MITO, Biennale di Venezia, and many others.

In 2009 he was one of the three italian musicians involved in Hattusha project, a workshop on ancient Hittite
music and on the culture of the Mediterranean. Hattusha is an idea of the Middle East Technical
University (Ankara) and Corum Hittite University, supported by other European Universities, and
culminates with a tour all over Europe.

Between 2011 and 2016 he is conductor and arranger of Orchestra Popolare delle Dolomiti, a project
originated by the discovery of an ancient music manuscript in the Dolomite's area.
With Calicanto he wins the Prix Coup de coeur of Academie Charles Cros (Paris – art director Henry
Dutilleux) with the cd “Isole senza mar”, one of the 5 best world music cd's, worldwide, in 2006.
He composes music for theatre (Laura Curino, Titino Carrara, Ermanno Cavazzoni, Sandro Buzzatti,
ecc.) and collaborates with movie soundtracks composers (Henry Wan Man Lai, Nicholas Wright, etc).

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Tolga During:
guitar, fretless guitar

Tolga was born in Istanbul in 1977 but grew up on a small island in the north of Holland. He started playing classical guitar as a child and when he moved to Amsterdam he started studying Jazz and World Music. His first personal album as a bandleader 'Bohemia' (1999), opened doors to many international festivals like the Montreux Jazz (CH), Pori Jazz (FI), Bansko Jazz Festival (BG) etc. He has made nine CD's as a bandleader and composer, besides his work as a sideman in various formations. His compositions have been used for movies and documentaries all over the world. In 2005 he moved to Italy where he started to work with local musicians, exploring Mediterranean music. He therefore uses a custom-build double-neck guitar, of which one of the necks is fretless.

'Tolga is a musician who combines a unique and arresting style with a masterful technique. His music is striking yet remains pure and uncluttered.' Turkish Daily News

Some concerts:
Bologna Jazz Festival (IT), Royal Albert Hall (UK), Montreux Jazzfestival (CH), International Jazzfestival Terrassa (ES), Shetland Folk festival (UK), Nardis Jazzclub (TU), PIT (NO), Django Festival (PL), Killarney Summerfest (IE), Bansko International Jazz Festival (BG), Mavrovo Winter Festival (MK), Pori International jazz Festival (FI), Pennabilli Django Festival (IT), Calagonone Jazz Festival (IT), Stranger Than Paranoia Festival (NL), Baska Guitar Festival (HR), Ferrara Jazzclub (IT), Ravenna Jazz Festival (IT), Sarzana Acoustic Guitar Meeting (IT), Meer Jazz Festival (NL), Skopje Jazz and Wine (MK), Akbank Istanbul concert series (TU), Paradiso (NL), Bari Jazz Festival (IT)

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Giuseppe Dimonte:
double bass

Giuseppe 'Pippi' Dimonte studies classical music, and the age of 13
plays as a double bass player in various orchestras of classical and popular music including the ONC (National Orchestra of the Conservatories) under the direction of Maestro Franco Piersanti. At the age of 19 he moved to Bologna where he studies jazz and starts an intensive concert activity collaborating with many artists, playing Latin, swing, ethnic and experimental music.

He has played in festivals and clubs in various countries like Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Spain, Romania, France, Poland; has participated in several master classes and competitions, winning prizes and scholarships both as a performer and as a composer.

After collaborations in various albums as sideman, in 2014 he debuts with his first work as a leader"Morning Session" (FonoFabrique,
2014), followed by "Hieronymus" (FonoFabrique, 2016) and "Trio Mezcal "(Majara, 2018).

He has played with: Adrien Moignard, Sebastien Giniaux, Antoine Boyer, Duved Dunayevsky, Adama Bilorou, Nilza Costa and many others.

In 2017 the New York jazz magazine Bird is the Worm rates him among the 7 most interesting bass players of the international jazz scene
for the publication of "Hieronymus".

Some festivals:
Fara Jazz Fest (IT), Tuscia Jazz Festival (IT), Sibiu Jazz Festival (RO), Bucharest Jazz Festival (RO), Cluj Napoka Jazz Fest (RO), Jazz
Maastricht (NL), Stranger than Paranoia (NL), Johnny Raducanu Jazz Festival (RO), Wroclaw Jazz Festival (PL).

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Andrea Piccioni:
framedrums, percussion

Andrea Piccioni is recognized as one of the leaders worldwide on frame drums. He is author of a technical and stylistic renewal on the Italian Tamburello, has crossed with his style the boundaries of jazz, world, and early music. He is touring worldwide with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Paul McCandless, Gianluigi Trovesi, Basel Rajoub, Luciano Biondini, Manfred Leuchter, Lucilla Galeazzi, Les Haulz et les Bas, Caitrìona O’Leary, Donàl Lunny and Wu Man. He is a popular teacher at major festivals, universities and conservatories around the world as well. Andrea published DVDs and books dealing with the Italian frame drums and rhythm language.

His musical collaborations include:
World Music: Nidi D’arac, Unavantaluna, Indaco, Lucilla Galeazzi, Masters of Frame Drums (Velez, Fresco, Coskun, Piccioni), Caitríona O'Leary and Dúlra (IRL), Donàl Lunny (IRL), Wu Man (CHINA), Homayun Sakhi (AFG). Jazz: Antonio Calogero, Ensemble Fisfuz (GE), Paul McCandless (USA), Basel Rajoub (SI) Giovanni Palombo, Manfred Leuchter (GE), Gabriele Coen, Luciano Biondini, Gianluigi Trovesi, Bobby McFerrin (USA) Early Music: Freiburger Spielleyt (GE), Orlando Di Lasso Ensemble (GE), Les Haulz Et Les Bas (GE), eX (IRL)
Theater/Dance: Lucia Poli, Giorgio Rossi “Edipo e la Pizia” (IT); Joachim Schloemer “Engel der Verzweiflung”(AU/GE).

In 2014 Andrea start a cooperation with AGA KHAN MUSIC INITIATIVE, with whom he collaborated in musical projects alongside world-famous soloists and ensemble, and as educator at universities, conservatories and music institute all over the world.
In 2015 Andrea was in tour in Europe with the legendary jazz singer BOBBY MCFERRIN.

CD OttoMani Gelibolu

CD "Gelibolu" (Visage Music 2018, distributed by Materiali Sonori)
You can buy it here: http://www.visagemusic.it/prodotto/ottomani-gelibolu/

Concerts

Some past concerts:

Shanghai World Music Festival - China, 2018
Bologna Jazz Festival - Italy, 2016
Stranger Than Paranoia Festival - Netherlands, 2017
Ferrara Jazzclub - Italy, 2016
Pisa Jazz - Italy, 2016
De Ruimte - Netherlands, 2017
Eco della Musica Festival - Italy, 2018
Teatro Mascagni, San Marcello P. - Italy, 2018
Museo della Musica Bologna - Italy, 2017

for upcoming concerts, please check:
http://www.tolgamusic.com

+0039 334 3766536
Double neck guitar freteless. photo by Gloria Chillotti

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