The King Stones – Trio
Relaxed and smoky blend of Soul and Jamaican music, “The King Stones” come from Jamaica, Italy and Germany but have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their different heritages with their natural love for modern music.
Their sound combines Gabriella’s sultry vocals with modern live loops, Jazz contaminated nylon-strings guitars and evocative strings arrangements with the spellbinding dreamy atmosphere reminiscing the likes of Sade, Harry Belafonte and Tracy Chapman.
Gabriella Reno (Kingston, Jamaica) is the singer, Kalimba player and songwriter. She tells the public about the ideals behind the songs, stories about the complexity of love, life and the roads that lead from playing it safe to putting it all on the line.
She is attributed by the Jamaican press as the princess of the new Indie-Reggae movement.
Samuele Vivian (Venice, Italy) on guitar, voice and loop station, he also writes the music for most of the songs. Samuele’s enigmatic guitar style borrows elements from musical worlds that are linked by the constant need to explore the world since his teenage years on a journey that took him from the coasts of the Mediterranean
Sea to the waters of the Caribbean where he spent 5 years filled with collaborations with grammy winning artists such as Buena Vista Social, Sean Paul, Antonio Sanchez, Shaggy and the Marley brothers.
Jansen Folkers (Hamburg, Germany) on violin. Started playing at the age of 5, won his first competition at 12 and was chosen to play with the Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra at age 15 for the “Concert of the best” as a winner of the national violin competition. Since then Jansen has won multiple international awards, recorded on over 100 records, performed all over the world and collaborated with illustrious Orchestras and artists such as Grammy winning pianist Chilly Gonzales.
His playing style eclectically travels between classical tradition, modern pop and Jazz improvisation.