Q&A Project

Q&A. Questions and answers. They have always been the leitmotif of my life.

A continuous inner and outer research that led me to one choice: transform it into my original music project.

A journey among ingenuities that fall and new challenges, daily miracles and beauty, asleepings, dreams, and awakenings, human and non-human masters, expectations that end.

Luca Mannutza on piano, Luca Bulgarelli on bass, Giovanna Famulari on cello, Valerio Advantage on drums, four musicians who need no introduction, play me in my new album and on stage.

The musical direction and arrangements are by Luca Mannutza with the contribution of Luca Bulgarelli who also mixed and mastered this wonderful album.

I stole these hearts, hands, and extraordinary minds from Jazz, to give to the songs I wrote, together with marvelous authors and co-authors, the most suitable and eclectic dress, tinged with Soul, Blues, Funk, Rock, Pop, Music Indiana, Gospel, and all the crossover influences my soul has touched over the years.

And once again, navigate between different worlds until new ones are created.

Here you can see and hear a live preview.

It’s unlikely for you to not know who shares music and stage with me, but I want to introduce them to you anyway:

 Luca Mannutza

Pianist and arranger, graduated very young from the Cagliari music Conservatory, Ennio Porrino Award, special mention by the jury at the Barga Jazz, first prize International Massimo Urbani Award, Audience Award at the Tramplin Jazz in Avignon with the Max Ionata quartet, finalist at the Martial Solal in Paris, the most prestigious jazz competitions dedicated to the piano.

Since 2002 he took place in various projects of drummer Roberto Gatto and trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso, as organist and pianist; he is part of the High Five, the best-selling group with the album “Five for Fun” and also “Handful of Soul” with Mario Biondi.

Arranger for recording artists and projects such as Mario Biondi, Rosalia de Souza, Filippo Tirincanti, Lorenzo Tucci.

He has played in the most important jazz clubs in Italy and worldwide, and also with the most important Italian and foreign jazz musicians including Rava, Fresu, Boltro, Tamburini, Amato, Scannapieco, Cisi, Giammarco, Bonisolo, Giuliani, Di Battista, Sferra, Bonaccorso, B.Casini, Ferra, J.Pelt, J.Frahm, S.Grossman, J.D.Allen, G.Cleaver, D.Burno, B.Hart, C.Cheek, A.Pinciotty, E.Zigmund.

Among his performances Umbria Jazz, Villacelimontana jazz, Moncalieri Jazz, Pescara Jazz Festival, Ancona Jazz Summer Festival, Rome Jazz Festival, Form and Poetry in Jazz (Cagliari), Bologna Jazz Festival, Padua Jazz Festival, Gray Cat Festival, I hate the Summer Festival, Vicenza Jazz, Crossroads Festival and in the Italian Jazz world in New York, Shanghai 2010, Jakarta Jazz Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival, Parc Floral Paris, Italian Jazz in Beijing.

Luca Bulgarelli

Electric bassist and double bass player who graduated from the Campobasso Conservatory. He has played in the most important Jazz Festivals: Perugia, Pescara, Rome, New York, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Paris, Lyon, Porto, Malaga, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Budapest, Copenhagen, Beijing, Algiers, Montreal, The Hague, Luxembourg, Brussels, Warsaw, Tokyo, Shanghai, Bangkok, New Delhi, Goa, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Helsinki, Tallinn, Bergen, Istanbul, Vienna, Basel, Zurich.

He has collaborated and actually works with Enrico Pieranunzi, Roberto Gatto, Maurizio Giammarco, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Rita Marcotulli, Danilo Rea, Mariapia De Vito, Nicola Stilo, Rosario Giuliani, Stefano Bollani, Gianluca Petrella, Fabrizio Bosso, Stefano Di Battista, Gunther Schuller, Kenny Wheeler, Mike Manieri, George Garzone, Toninho Horta, Alain Jean Marie, Mundell Lowe, Philip Catherine, Rick Margitza, Donnie McCaslin, Bob Mintzer, Tooth Thielemans, John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman; Mimmo Locasciulli, Francesco De Gregori, Beppe Servillo, Paola Turci, Daniele Silvestri, Gino Paoli and Sergio Cammariere with whom he recorded 5 albums.

Jazz double bass teacher at the L’Aquila music Conservatory and the Saint Music College in Rome.

As Sound Designer and Sound Producer, he has mixed and mastered various recordings for Emarcy/Universal, CAM Jazz, Albore Jazz, Abeat records, Auand Records, Wide Sound, Dreyfus Jazz, Via Veneto Jazz, and Jando Music.

Giovanna Famulari

Cellist, pianist and arranger, graduated from the Trieste Music Conservatory, she collaborates with numerous Italian and international artists, in particular since 2013 she has been on tour in Italy and abroad with Ron playing in three of his albums. For years she is also being collaborating with Tosca.

Co-producer of various record works for Sony classica, she participates in the Rome Film Festival with the documentary “The sound of the voice”. Award winner of the Pavoncella d’oro and the AILA 2018.

Her numerous collaborations include artists from jazz and world music with prominent names such as Ivan Linz, Linda May, James Taylor, Marcus Eaton, Nicola Piovani, and theater such as Alfredo Arias, Peter Stein, Carlo Quartucci.

She has played with orchestras such as the Opera Giocosa del Friuli Venezia Giulia Orchestra, the Barga Opera Orchestra, the International Orchestra of Italy, the Rossini Opera Festival Orchestra. As a soloist with the Scarlatti Orchestra of Naples in several concerts in Italy and international tours in Brazil, Algeria, Tunisia, Palestine, Israel, Argentina. She has made the sound of her cello known in the most prestigious theaters all around the world, also performing in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, France, Spain, Germany.

She collaborated and has to her credit 30 CDs of different music genres.

Valerio Vantaggio

He graduated from the music Conservatory of Frosinone in Jazz Drums. Since the beginning of his career, he has collected awards and scholarships such as the one for the Berklee College of Music, was best drummer for the Jimmy Wood Award of the Tuscia Jazz Festival, represented Siena Jazz and Italy at the 24th IASJ (International Association of School of Jazz) in Cape Town in South Africa.

Since the beginning of his career, he has collaborated with numerous prominent artists, including Dave Liebman, Jesse Van Ruller, Maurizio Giammarco, Germano Mazzocchetti, Tommy Smith, Alfredo Paixao, and again with Michael Rosen, Roberto Tarenzi, Maurizio Giammarco, Amana Melomè, Greta Panettieri, Claudio Corvini, Max Ionata, Pino Iodice, Tommy Smith, Daniele Tittarelli, Pietro Ciancaglini, Enrico Zanisi, Luca Pirozzi, Jacopo Ferrazza.

He has recorded numerous albums and performed on prestigious stages such as the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, La Casa del jazz, and Villa Celimontana, as well as the most prominent jazz clubs in Italy and abroad, from the Tanjazz Festival in Tangier (Morocco) to the Izmir Jazz Festival (Turkey), from various tours in Finland to The Loop Jazz Club in Prague.

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