The way our project is started


A Cold Winter is a project born from the collaboration of two Italian musicians, from Trentino (Northern Italy), Alessandro Sester and Carlo Debortoli.
Our music is inspired by 90’s indie rock and brit pop artists like Radiohead, Travis, R.E.M. …
The idea of our duo is started in 2019, after years of collaborations we started writing and working on new songs.
Our philosophy is focused on self-production, only one goal: make great music!
Starting from November 2020 our debut album ‘ Empty Skies ‘ is available on all major digital streaming platforms. This work is the first part of our music project: record four concept albums/EPs with different themes: sky, earth, water and fire. We are working on our second album which will be published by the end of 2023.


Alessandro Sester

voice, guitar and digital instruments

I live in Levico Terme in Trentino, Italy. I have been playing the guitar since the late 90s, in those years that I trained musically by getting passionate and following the indie rock movement of those years, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins up to the more recent Sigur Ros and The National.

I was the main guitarist and composer of the indie rock band SAMLE in the period from 2000 and 2008 – with whom we recorded two singles in 2007 with the English producer Jim Lowe (his credit list includes Stereophonics, Nick Cave, The Charlatans…) at the Forum Music Village Studios in Rome. I had many satisfactions under the artistic and personal level: the concerts in Northern Italy, the recording sessions, trips to London, “Tim” tours, various festivals, but above all, the engraved, created, played, recorded pieces that will always accompany my life.

I love to play acoustic guitar and clean sounds, in recent years I have enjoyed emerging folk bands such as Mumford & Sons and Band of Horses.

Carlo Debortoli

bass, keyboards and digital instruments

I study keyboard as a child but I soon break the key press and I think I would like more to slide the walls with low frequencies. In 2001 I bought my first 4-string bass and started studying as a self-taught. The curiosity and passion are joined by the lucky events that contribute a lot to my bass music training: I meet the luthier Marcello Nardelli of NardelliBass, from whom I learn the concepts of violin making applied to bass and, thanks to this friendship, in one of the first editions of EurobassDay I know Gianni Gadau, a bass player of well-known national fame with whom a beautiful friendship is born. Gianni, as well as Marcello for violin making, contributes fundamentally to my training as a bass player and musician, and he still does it today.Together with him, the BassDiscovery project was born, a networked space dedicated to the world of electric bass which in a short time has found the favor of many professionals. My most important project was the path taken with The Foot Rocker.