?Grand Pianoramax displays Leo Tardin's ability to send free-form jazz, future funk, art rock and hip-hop into exhilarating free fall.? ? Metro London (UK) Winner of the first Montreux Jazz Festival International Piano Solo Competition, Swiss born, NY bred pianist Leo Tardin conceived Grand Pianoramax as an all-live keyboards/drums duo blending fiery analog-synth bass, maddening arpeggios, organic drumming and freestyle spoken word from occasional guest vocalists.
? Metro London (UK)
Winner of the first Montreux Jazz Festival International Piano Solo Competition, Swiss born, NY bred pianist Leo Tardin conceived Grand Pianoramax as an all-live keyboards/drums duo blending fiery analog-synth bass, maddening arpeggios, organic drumming and freestyle spoken word from occasional guest vocalists.
Among the collaborators that contributed to Grand Pianoramax one can mention Zurich-based, Dominik Burkhalter (offical and current drummer of the project), as well as first-class NYC drummers Deantoni Parks (The Mars Volta, Meshell Ndegeocello), Jojo Mayer and Adam Deitch (Talib Kweli, John Scofield). On vocals, an impressive rotating cast of US underground hiphop legends and poets have lent their talent to the project, including Mike Ladd, Black Cracker (CocoRosie, Bunny Rabbit), Invincible (Platinum Pied Pipers), Mr Lif and French hip-hop/folk artist Spleen.
Grand Pianoramax's first CD, the self-titled ?Grand Pianoramax? was released worldwide in 2005 by ObliqSound. The album generated more than 43,000 downloads via iTunes USA and top-notch reviews from both sides of the Atlantic. The Starlite single was also released on vinyl in 2005, featuring remixes by Nuspirit Helsinki and Domu, and frequently appeared on the playlists of tastemakers Laurent Garnier, Rainer Tr?by, Mr Scruff, Patrick Forge, Osunlade.
Grand Pianoramax's second album, ?The Biggest Piano In Town?, was released worldwide by ObliqSound in 2008, generating rave reviews and features in publications including BPM, XLR8R (USA) Metro, Time Out London, (UK) l'Uomo Vogue (IT). DJ Spinna's remix of the album's single ?The Hook? was digitally released shortly after. It is now available on vinyl as well.
Grand Pianoramax's third album, ?Smooth Danger?, was recorded and mixed between Mumbai, Berlin, Paris and Bristol (and masterised by Sahwn Joseph, collaborator of Portishead) and will be released in Europe and the USA in October 2010, supported by a European release-tour in November-December. Various guests appear on the album, including Grand Pianoramax long-time collaborators Mike Ladd, Black Cracker and for the first time Karsh Kale on tabla.
Primarily a live project, Grand Pianoramax was recently on a 10-city tour in the USA opening for jazz/funk legend Maceo Parker at legendary venues including the Fillmore in San Francisco and the Roxy in Los Angeles. The band also extensively toured in Europe in major cities including Paris, Berlin, London, Milan, Rome, Zurich, Lisbon, as well as more eastern destinations including Istanbul and Mumbai (where two Tracks from ?Smooth Danger? were recorded).