Daniele di Bonaventura / Giovanni Ceccarelli
Daniele di Bonaventura – bandoneon
Giovanni Ceccarelli – piano
on request with guest artist
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 love playing in small musical units, thus allowing the musicians to express themselves by wisely using nuances, space and silence.
The bandoneon 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 a 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 publishes the album Mare Calmo, with a special release in Japan by label bar buenos aires. It is a CD containing fourteen original compositions, plus a DVD featuring live performances and music videos.
(“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 homage 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 and co-produced in 2019 by Bonsaï Music, with a special edition in Japan by bar buenos aires.
Daniele and Giovanni have given concerts at 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.
Photo credits: Emilia De Leonardis.