Nostalgic indie jazz brimming with energy

 CLOD! Upper caps and an exclamation mark please. And for good reason. This Rotterdam quintet formed around Italian bassist and composer Alessandro Fongaro likes it a little rough around the edges.

During his studies at Codarts Rotterdam – previously called the Rotterdam Conservatorium – Fongaro was regarded as one of the biggest talents of his generation. He won the Erasmus Jazz Prize (2014) and The Records (2014) and graduated with top honours. Ever since, he has played with countless luminaries on the Dutch jazz scene, from Ben van Gelder and Tineke Postma to Koeniverse3 and the Sun Mi Hong Quintet.

He brings all that experience and adventurous approach to CLOD!, fusing jazz and electronica. Fongaro formed the band in order to experiment with the sound and customary style of songwriting within indie rock. His nostalgic disposition, combined with a love of melody and improvisation and careful experimentation with danceable beats, results in a sweet and sour sound that is unique in the contemporary jazz world.