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“The Machine Stops”— debut album of guitarist Tommaso Gambini — released on March 25th on Workin Label (IRD distribution).

Gambini was inspired by the short story of the same name by english writer Edward Morgan Forster, written in 1909. More then one hundred years ago, the writer envisioned a dystopian future in which humans rely on a universal machine to provide for their needs and to interact with each other, effectively predicting the rise of the Internet and Social Networks.

The album contains a suite of original compositions by Gambini, each one based on a particular aspect of the novel; the tracks also includes “spoken” excerpts from the book.

For this project Gambini is accompanied by Manuel Schmiedel on piano, Ben Tiberio on double bass, and Adam Arruda on drums. Also appearing on the album are Ben Van Gelder, on alto saxophone, and Dayna Stephens on tenor saxophone.

“The Machine Stops” was premiered at the Torino Jazz Festival this May, to critical acclaim. It was also presented at the prestigious Italian Institute of Culture in New York.

Since moving to New York in 2015, Gambini has distinguished himself as one of the leading voices of his generation. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has performed internationally both as a sideman and as leader of his group with such musicians as drummer Antonio Sanchez, saxophonists George Garzone, Miguel Zenon and Ben Van Gelder and Italian prodigy Francesco Cafiso.

Born and raised in Torino, Italy, Gambini fell in love with music at a young age while listening to the Beatles and started playing guitar under the influence of his father. While in high school, he entered the Jazz program at the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory.


1. The Old Machine
2. Kuno
3. Vashti
4. Second Hand Ideas 
5. The New Machine
6. Anonymous
7. Tomorrow

All compositions by Tommaso Gambini. All rights reserved

Tommaso Gambini guitar, synthesizers

Manuel Schmiedel keyboard, synthesizer

Ben Tiberio bass

Adam Arruda drums, percussion

Ben Van Gelder alto saxophone (track 4)

Dayna Stephens tenor saxophone (track 6)

Jacopo Albini clarinet, bass clarinet (track 1, 5)

Anggie Obin flute (track 3) 

Additional synth programming Casey Berman

Vanisha Gould spoken words

Recorded by Andy Taub on June 1-2 2019 at Brooklyn Recording

Produced and Mixed by Tommaso Gambini

Mastered by Giovanni Agosti

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Photos Davide De Martis / Graphic Design Matteo Pulina