Daniele di Bonaventura/Giovanni Ceccarelli
Daniele di Bonaventura – bandoneón
Giovanni Ceccarelli – piano
on request with guest artists:
Camille Bertault – vocals
Ivan Lins – vocals
Jaques Morelenbaum – cello
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.
… (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” (digital distribution by Bonsaï Music). It 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 secondo album, “Eu Te Amo – The Music of Tom Jobim” is a hommage to the great Brazilian master. Outstanding Brazilian artists Ivan Lins, Jaques Morelenbaum, and French young jazz star Camille Bertault are featured in this recording. The album is released in 2019 by Bonsaï Music, with a special edition in Japan by bar buenos aires.
Video trailer album “Eu Te Amo – The Music of Tom Jobim”
Daniele and Giovanni have given concerts in important international festivals, concert seasons, and venues in Europe and North Africa: Umbria Jazz, Crossroads, Jeunesses Musicales concert season, Festival Léo Ferré, Italy; Italian Cultural Institute, Algeria; Jazz at Bran Castle, Romania; Elijazzen Festival, Norway; Sunside Jazz Club, France; Akordeono Festivalis, Lithuania.
Contact for concert booking: Musicalista di Magalì Berardo.
Photo credits: Emilia De Leonardis.