Daniele di Bonaventura / bandoneon, piano
Gábor Simon Konzertagentur represents Daniele di Bonaventura worldwide.
Projects (scroll down for info):
- Ritus - Solo. Availability on request.
- Mare Calmo - Duo Daniele di Bonaventura & Giovanni Ceccarelli. Available: 19-24 May 2016, and on request.
- Sine Nomine - Daniele di Bonaventura & Vertere String Quartet. Available: 1-16 May, and on request.
- Band'Uniòn - Quartet. Available: 12-15 October, and on request.
- Ritus - Solo. Availability on request.
Available on request.
Duo Daniele di Bonaventura & Giovanni Ceccarelli
Lineup: Daniele di Bonaventura (bnd), Giovanni Ceccarelli (p)
“Mare Calmo” - it is hard to believe - is only their first project together. Already when Daniele di Bonaventura’s bandoneon and Giovanni Ceccarelli’s piano met for the first time, already when setting off a few years ago, the two musicians appeared and established themselves as a perfectly well-blended duo showing total musical affinity and understanding, and have enraptured both critics and audiences since.
Di Bonaventura and Ceccarelli are both classically trained pianists and prolific authors of gorgeous music founded on classical-contemporary structures and the liberties of jazz. Both come from Italy’s region Marche, thus sharing musical erudition and cultural heritage. What is more, they share their authentic need to make music in small instrumental formations to articulate finest nuances and to use moments of space and silence charged with moving eloquence. Finally to give voice to the most original encounter between a bandoneon and a piano.
The poetically enchanting dialogue (and interplay) between the bandoneon and the piano naturally flows along in a subtle balance of written music and improvisation, of blending and juxtaposing - showing manifold qualities of singing, choral, percussive, contrapuntal or purely tonal expressivity.
“Mare Calmo” is top-notch chamber music halfway between classical-contemporary music and jazz, presenting an own distinct Mediterranean flair. To a large extent, it is di Bonaventura and Ceccarelli’s musical homage to their roots, to the land and people of their region Marche. With an emotionally rich, merrily melancholic repertoire made of original compositions and arrangements.
After having a promo video shot at Teatro Marchetti in Marche town Camerino in 2013, di Bonaventura and Ceccarelli recorded the music at the same venue a few months later. “Mare Calmo” was released (by EvArt and, in Japan, by Bar Buenos Aires) in September 2015 - as a CD+DVD-package containing 14 original tunes, an interview with the two musicians, excerpts of various live performances and two short films inspired by the duo’s dreamy, evocative music.
Daniele di Bonaventura & Vertere String Quartet
Lineup: Daniele di Bonaventura (bandoneon, comp., arr.), Vertere String Quartet: Giuseppe Amatulli (violin), Rita Paglionico (violin), Domenico Mastro (viola), Giovanna Buccarella (cello)
Daniele di Bonaventura from Fermo (in Italy’s Marche region) is a classically-trained pianist-bandoneonist and composer-arranger who has always felt the urge to improvise and has always been open to a wide range of music genres: from early-classical-contemporary music, jazz and tango, to ethnic and world music, also in cinema, theatre and dance production contexts.
Daniele di Bonaventura’s strong (and over ten-year-old) bond with classical Vertere String Quartet from Apulia (who have also performed with grand jazzmen such as Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu and Javier Girotto) is founded on the shared interest in reviving and proposing music related to their origins and common heritage.
“Sine Nomine” is a CD and concert project of heart-stopping beauty that exactly mirrors Daniele di Bonaventura’s approach to music making: it spans from sacred to more profane atmospheres, evolving along a dramaturgically entrancing sequence of themes and five-voiced counterpoints, played with classical rigour and enhanced by creative moments of improvisation.
“Sine Nomine” is not only unique chamber music for its rare combination of instruments and thus texturally distinct soundscape, it is also unique for composer di Bonaventura’s manifold musical references and influences, and thus an asset to venues of both classical and jazz music. Whether it is di Bonaventura’s original compositions or his effective arrangements of Astor Piazzolla or Carlos Gardel they perform, the quintet - free of any stale mannerism or dry intellectual experimentalism - will continue bewitching audiences with their emotionally and spiritually intense rendering of authentic tunes of strong pure lyricism.