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Dadi – vocals, guitars, mandolin, electric bass

Giovanni Ceccarelli – piano, keyboards

Ferruccio Spinetti – double and electric basses

Francesco Petreni – drums, percussions


on request with guest artists Ivan Lins or Musica Nuda


The group is founded in 2009 by Giovanni Ceccarelli and Ferruccio Spinetti, who meet in Rio de Janeiro with Dadi and start together this project including also Francesco Petreni.

The repertoire is based on original songs with lyrics in Portuguese, Italian, Neapolitan, and English, as well as classics of the Brazilian and Italian songbook.

The group’s first album, entitled InventaRio, is published in 2010 by Italian label My Favorite Records, featuring as special guests Ivan Lins, Marisa Monte, Pacifico, and Petra Magoni.

The album meets the public’s and critics’ success:

(InventaRio is) a work of delicate sophistication, in perfect balance between jazz, the best Italian songwriting, and the great Musica Popular Brasileira.

Sergio Pasquandrea, Italian magazine JazzIt, 2010.

Japanese website HMV rates InventaRio among the five best world music albums of the year.

InventaRio’s new project involves great Brazilian composer, singer and pianist Ivan Lins.

After being featured in InventaRio, singing his own song Ti Amo (Te Amo) in Italian, Ivan Lins proposes to InventaRio to record a whole album together: InventaRio incontra Ivan Lins is a homage to Lins’ music, with original arrangements and new versions sang in Italian, English, Portuguese and Neapolitan. The album stars some outstanding guests, such as Chico Buarque, Samuele Bersani, Fabrizio Bosso, Maria Pia De Vito, Vanessa da Mata, and Vinicius Cantuária. The album is released in Italy in 2012 by famous label Blue Note. In 2013 it is published in Brazil by prestigious label Biscoito Fino with the title InventaRio encontra Ivan Lins. Moreover, song Camaleonte (Camaleão) from this album – starring Maria Gadú and Jessica Brando – is included in Gadú’s album Nós. In 2014 InventaRio incontra Ivan Lins is nominated at the 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards as Best MPB Album.

All (members of group InventaRio) are excellent musicians, and admirers of my work. Recording with this group was simple and surprising. I soon realized that they are very creative, which brought a new sound to the songs.

Ivan Lins

(InventaRio incontra Ivan Lins contains) music with no definite borders, which has been conceived and played with extreme sophistication.

Ugo Bacci, Italian newspaper L’Eco di Bergamo, 2012.

InventaRio’s latest release is a LP presenting a selection of songs from the group’s two CDs. Simply entitled InventaRio, it was released in 2017 by Warner Music.


Making of video – CD “InventaRio incontra Ivan Lins”, 2011:


Ravello Festival a tempo di Jazz InventaRio e Ivan Lins sul Belvedere di Villa Rufolo – Fondazione Ravello


Contact for management and concert booking: Bubba Music.


Photo credits: Angelo Trani, 2009.