Daniele di Bonaventura/Giovanni Ceccarelli
Daniele di Bonaventura – bandoneón
Giovanni Ceccarelli – piano, whistle
Daniele di Bonaventura and Giovanni Ceccarelli musically meet in 2013, by creating together this original duo project.
The first approach to music happened for both musicians on the piano. As a matter of fact, di Bonaventura and Ceccarelli share even more affinities: they both are prolific composers, and they both love playing in small musical units, which allow the musicians to express themselves by wisely using nuances, space, and silence.
The bandoneón and the piano weave a dialogue which enhances the two instruments’ rich expressive palettes: chant, percussion, counterpoint, choral textures, and pure sound. As a result, they blend together and juxtapose by interacting in delicate balance between written parts and improvisation.
Daniele di Bonaventura and Giovanni Ceccarelli propose themselves in concert with a repertoire of original compositions and arrangements.
… (The concert of the duo) unfolds as an intimate and grandiose one, though no grandiosities are featured. Spontaneous and silent, full of invention and unique. Without virtuosity nor frills, without acrobatics, special effects, redundant triumphalisms, emphasis, nor contractual bows…
Pier Giorgio Camaioni, Italian website “Utmagazine”, 2017
In 2015 the duo releases the album “Mare Calmo” for Italian label EvArt and distribution by IRD. The album is also released in Japan by label bar buenos aires. “Mare Calmo” is a CD containing fourteen original compositions, plus a DVD featuring an interview, concert performances, two short films by Blas Gimeno Ribelles, and a music video by Maurizio Machella.
(“Mare Calmo” is) an absolutely delicious, elegant, tranquil, and evocative album.
Alberto Bazzurro, Italian magazine “Musica Jazz”, 2017
(The music pieces contained in “Mare Calmo”) tell imaginative stories whose nobility at the bottom eventually conquers the listener. One could define it as an imaginary soundtrack… I recommend not to try to label this music. Just enjoy it.
Marco Crisostomi, Italian magazine “AudioReview”, 2015
The duo’s upcoming album is a hommage to the music of Tom Jobim. Great Brazilian artists Ivan Lins and Jaques Morelenbaum, plus French young jazz star Camille Bertault are featured in this recording.
Daniele and Giovanni have given concerts in important international festivals, concert seasons, and venues: “Jeunesses Musicales” concert season, “Chamber Music Festival”, Associazione Musicale Meranese, “Crossroads” Festival, “Festival Léo Ferré”, “Musicamdo”, Italy; Italian Cultural Institute, Algeria; “Jazz at Bran Castle”, Romania; “Elijazzen” Festival, Norway; Sunside Jazz Club, France; “Akordeono Festivalis”, Lithuania.
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Video trailer – album “Mare Calmo” (EvArt / bar buenos aires, 2015)
Audio clip – album “Mare Calmo”
Photo credits: Carlo Pieroni, 2013.