Double bass player/composer, Matteo Bortone is making a name for himself among the rising talents of the newest jazz generation, not only as an instrumentalist but also as a composer and bandleader, expecially after being awarded as “Best New Talent 2015”in the annual poll held by the journalists of italian jazz magazine Musica Jazz.
Italian but musically raised in Paris, where he earned a Jazz Master Degree at highly-respected Conservatoire Nationale Superieur (CNSM), Matteo leads two bands: “ClarOscuro”, a brand new trio with pianist Enrico Zanisi and drummer Stefano Tamborrino (recording is scheduled for May 2017) as well as TRAVELERS a french/italian quartet with saxo player Antonin-Tri Hoang, drummer Ariel Tessier and guitarist Francesco Diodati. With Travelers, Matteo released two albums : his debut in 2013 (“TRAVELERS” Zone di Musica Label) has been highly-welcomed by international press, receiving some important awards as “Révélation Jazzman” (revelation young new talent) and “Jazz Découverte” in France as well as “Jazzit Likes it” in Italy. The album was also unanimously nominated among “one of the best jazz releases in 2013” by italian magazine JAZZIT.
Travelers’follow-up disc “Time Images”was released in 2015 (Auand Records, with the help of Puglia Sounds).
Born in Otranto (South of Italy) in 1982, Matteo began to play classical piano, guitar and electric bass, before starting to play double bass.