Max Ionata, saxophone
Luca Mannutza, hammond organ
Klemens Marktl, drums
Born in 1972, Max Ionata is considered one of the major Italian contemporary saxophonists. He won the Jazzit Award as best Italian tenor saxophonist in 2012 and 2013, and was addressed by the well-known magazine “Jazz Life” (Japan) as a musician “who opened new boundaries in jazz”. Ionata has published more than 70 cds with national and international artists, he leads several projects and collaborates regularly with artists such as Robin Eubanks, Lenny White, Billy Hart, Joe Locke, Anne Ducros, Steve Grossman, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer, Bob Franceschini, Flavio Boltro, Fabrizio Bosso, Enrico Pierannunzi, Mario Biondi, Renzo Arbore and many others.
Luca Mannutza was born in Cagliari in 1968. He released two albums for the legendary Blue Note records with the High Five Quintet, and participated in some of the most important international jazz festivals, such as Umbria Jazz, Italian Jazz in New York, Parc Floral of Paris. In 2002, jointly with Max Ionata’s quartet, he won the prize of the audience in the contest Tramplin Jazz in Avignone, France.
Klemens Marktl, born in 1976, is professor for jazz-drums studies at the Conservatory in Klagenfurt. He had formative experiences in Amsterdam and then New York, where he became part of the upcoming jazz elite around Vincent Herring, John Swana, Waldron Riks, Mark Rapp and played at jam and home sessions with Robert Glasper, Greg Tardy, Wynton Marsalis, Brian Lynch and Chris Potter. He founded his own quartet with Chris Cheek, Aaron Goldberg and Matt Penman, with which he published his second album for the famous label Fresh Sound New Talent. At the end of 2004 he chose Vienna as his new working area.