Festival artists


The ensamble has performed at: the Conference Room of the City of Castelfidardo (European Music Day), St. Joseph of Cupertino Basilica in Osimo (Missionary Project Zambia and Cuba), La Fenice theatre in Osimo (Sundays at Phoenix), Sant’Agostino Church of Castelfidardo (Queimadas Missionary Project – Brazil), in the underground archaeological area of La Fenice di Senigallia theatre (European Music Festival), St. Sacramento Church of Agugliano (Universal Brotherhood Association), Napoleonic Fort of Portonovo (Summer Music), Homer Museum of Ancona (Summer 2006), Municipal theatre of Ostra (Opening concert of the antique fairs), Piermarini theatre of Matelica (White Night), Pedaso (Day of Cultural Property), Vaccaj theatre of Tolentino (2007-08), Woven theatre of Corridonia (poster Christmas 2007), Reduction of Muse theatre of Ancona (Association of Fraternity Universal), San Rocco Auditorium of Senigallia (National Convention ANAP), La Fenice theatre of Osimo (Sundays at Theatre 2009), Nicola degli Angeli Theatre of Montelupone (Season 2008-09), Mosciano Sant’Angelo (Accordion Art Festival 2009). In 2005 the Ensemble has participated with over a dozen concerts in the province of Macerata in the Project “St. Nicholas in the suburbs of Amalgamalarte”, a series of events for the 700th anniversary of the death of St. Nicholas of Tolentino with music sacred program, organized by the Amalgamalarte Foundation.
Emanuele Storti, accordion
Antonino De Luca, accordion
Marco Franconi, accordion
Andrea Naspi, accordion
Luana Guercio, accordion
Michele Re, accordion
Valentino Mercorelli, accordion
Marco Pascucci, accordion
Giacomo Vignoni, accordion
Martina Romagnoli, accordion
Luigino Pallotta, accordion
Maurizio Scocco, bass
Alessandro Polenta, drums
Deborah Vico, saxophone solo
Gloria Frontini, flute solo
Paolo Picchio, conductor


Andrea Tini (aged 12) began playing the instrument at the age of 7 years at the suggestion of his father. Since the first year, Andrea stands out as a great talent by winning several national and international competitions.
But it is in 2009 that Andrea Tini crowns a very important series of successes by winning the international competition AccordionArtFestival of Mosciano S. Angelo (TE), the 15th European Championships held in Attimis (UD) on the 6th July 2009, and finally on the 9th August 2009 won the “17th World Championship” of Salisano (RI) placed first overall with 99 points on 100 of the junior category (from 0 to 18 years).
He was guest at various festivals and programs including the 4th International Festival of diatonic accordion “Etnie musicali”, the 1st edition of the International Accordion Prize “Peppino Principe”, the 7th prize “Gino Avella”, and finally he played for charity in the TV show “L’Aquila per la vita”.
Andrea Tini, student of M° Danilo Di Paolonicola, attends school “Voglia d’Arte” of Teramo and is graduating in diatonic accordion at the Conservatorio A. Casella of L’Aquila.

ETHNIC PROJECT symbolizes the sum of Danilo Paolonicola’s artistically elevated experiences. There fosters a marriage between research of ancient material and original compositions on one side and refined arrangements on the other, returning a sonority going straight to the heart of music like popular, jazz with classical references.
Danilo Di Paolonicola, accordion and diatonic accordion
Maurizio Rolli, electric bass
Roberto Desiderio, drum
Gionni Di Clemente, guitar, oud, bouzuki

Danilo Di Paolonicola winner of six “World Championship” diatonic accordion (1987, ‘88, ‘89, ‘90, ‘91, ‘95), and numerous national and international competitions. Among the many contests won, Danilo in 2007 with his band “Ethnic Project” won the most important competition in the world for jazz accordion “Prize Città di Castelfidardo” and always in the same year with his band also won the “Award Stefano Bizzarri” where he had the honor to open the gala concert with Richard Galliano.
He studied accordion varietè and jazz music with the teacher Renzo Ruggieri, attended higher education courses at Berklee School in Perugia (Umbria Jazz). He teaches the first experimental course in Italy for diatonic accordion at the Conservatory of L’Aquila “A. Casella”. He has recorded soundtracks for Cinik records, including “La Casa Sulle Nuvole” produced by Warner Bros.
He has given concerts in Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Croatia, Holland, Hungary, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, etc. He has performed in various festivals dedicated to folk music, ethnic and jazz, including the Castelfidardo International Accordion Festival, La Casa Del Jazz in Pescara, Festival Sounds Mediterranean of Atri (TE), Giulia Jazz (TE), Campi Sonori (AQ), Serravalle Outlet Jazz Festival (AL), Strumenti & Musica Festival of Spoleto (PG), etc…
He also played and collaborated with musicians such as Renzo Ruggieri, Peppino Principe, Toni Fidanza, Mauro De Federicis, Angelo Trabbucco, Gianluca Caporale, Marco Di Natale, Bruno Marcozzi, Massimo Manzi, Massimo Morriconi, Maurizio Rolli, Pierpaolo Pecoriello, Roberto Desiderio, Fabrizio Mandolini, Angelo Valori, Elsa Lila, Linda Valori, Jerry Gates.


He is one of the best prestigious clarinettist at international level. After his graduation with honour, for some years he had taken a great interest in technical skills, peculiar of contemporary music. His involvement with jazz went side by side with his interest in contemporary music, and continued to grow after the recording of Coloriage (1991) in duo with the accordionist Richard Galliano becoming his exclusive activity.
In duo with Stefano Battaglia he records Fiabe, with Sergio Assad Velho Retrato and he signs Cambaluc, where the Quartet of clarinet namaste joins special guests such as Richard Galliano, Riccardo Tesi and his brother Giovanni Mirabassi.
He was awarded at Top Jazz ’96 as “best new talent”. In Umbria Jazz 2000 he presents together with Luciano Biondini, Michel Godard and Francesco D’Auria, the project “Lo Stortino” with so many plaudits from critics and public, in Italy and abroad. His cd “1 a 0” (Egea) with Luciano Biondini (accordion), Michel Godard (tuba) and Patrick Vaillant (mandolin) was presented in Umbria Jazz 2001 and has been appreciated by the public and the critics in Italy and abroad, a project entirely dedicated to the Chôro, the antecedent of the great Brasilian folk music. A new recording printed by ENJA records sums up the clarinet-player’s various musical experiences, Latakia Blend, in trio with Michel Godard and Luciano Biondini, “fellow-travellers” of his last projects. In Umbria Jazz 2003 has been presented his cd Fuori le Mura (Egea) in duo with Luciano Biondini. At Umbria Jazz 2004 he has presented Graffiando Vento (Egea), his first cd with the extraordinary brazilian guitarist Guinga, defined in the same year from the Folha de Sao Paulo “the best album of brazilian instrumental music of the year”.
His collaborations are so many and extremely heterogeneous concerning the style level and languages too; many ones are documented in his discography (Rabih Abou Khalil, Mina, John Cage, Ivano Fossati, Battista Lena, Riccardo Zegna, Enrico Pieranunzi, Roberto Gatto, Cristina Zavalloni, Trio Madeira-Brasil, Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese, Marco Paolini, Mario Brunello, Orchestra D’Archi italiana), only to mention some. In the last years Mirabassi has enlarged a lot his list of collaborations, extending himself with courage to other fields of show: his now constant collaboration with Gianmaria Testa, the one with the italian writer Erri De Luca (with whom he has taken part to the theatral work “Chisciotte e gli invincibili”), the one with the singer Barbara Casini and the actress Monica Demuru: in trio they have created a new project a sort of concert/show, “Costruzione”, dedicated to Chico Buarque.
The last “fatigue” is “Canto d’ebano”, released on March 2008, an homage to the extraordinary African wood and to the passionate hands (the Italian ones) that transform it in a clarinet. On 2008, “Canto di ebano” has been awarded at Top Jazz ’08 as “BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR”. MIRAMARI, which sees him on stage with Andrè Mehmari young, talented and versatile pianist, composer and arranger Brazilian, is the latest effort, released in Italy and Europe in February 2010 with the historic label ever, Egea Records.

Carstensen was born in Eidsvoll. He started as an accordion player at the age of 9. He first learned from his father, and later from a classical player which he attended for 4 years. At the same time he was also into swing jazz, and his father who also played bass, played standard tunes with him.
When he was 15 he started to play electric guitar in a rock band. After a while he started to get back the interest for jazz again and formed a trio with some local artists. He lived as a freelancer a year or so and then he began to study in the conservatory in Trondheim, jazz department with the guitar as a main instrument. During his two years of study in Trondheim (1991–93), he formed the group Farmers Market. The group was originally a free jazz quintet, until they one day found sheet music with a Bulgarian folk tune in 11/16. This was a great experience for the band members and they practiced day and night to be able to play this asymmetrical music. After a while Stian went to Bulgaria and visited villages there to collect and study the local folk music. The result of the tour was a live record, Speed/Balkan/Boogie, with singers & musicians from the famous “Le mysteres des voix bulgares” recorded at Molde international jazz festival in Norway.
He also took lessons in Composition, learned to play the 5-string banjo inbluegrass style, played with various jazz groups (be-bop, and experimental) with Jon Christensen and Bendik Hofseth to mention some. In 1997 Farmers Market made their second album, Music from the Hybrides with saxophonist Trifon Trifonov from Bulgaria. The album got very good reviews from many contemporary music magazines as well as rock, folk and jazz magazines in Europe.
In 1998 he was asked to write music for a Norwegian festival; Vossajazz. He wrote some music and put together a band consisting of his colleague Jarle Vespestad (one of the most talented young drummers in Norway which also play in Farmers Market), Django Bates from England, and Ernst Reijseger from Holland. Another highlight was his release of the new record Farmers Market on the German label Winter&Winter, he toured Europe and Japan with this band in 2000. They got very good reviews both on the album and the concert in magazines like The Wire, Rolling Stone etc. This year Farmers Market played at the world’s biggest jazz festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Holland. He also played with Dutch cello player Ernst Reijseger He is currently on a two-year state fee to study Bulgarian traditional music. His instruments are: accordion, kaval (Bulgarian flute), bagpipes, guitar, violin, mandolin & banjo. He played the accordionist in the circus band (and the soundtrack) of the 2005 Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean film MirrorMask.
He recently recorded his solo album, with only his own compositions for Winter & Winter, it will be released in 26 countries.

Born in Ostuni, Italy, on 21st February 1983. At the age of eight years he studied music with his father Franco and A. Sanese. He studied and/or attended masterclass with Franco D’Andrea, Bruno Tommaso, Richard Galliano, Joelle Leandre, Steve Potts, Roberto Gatto, Dado Moroni and he graduated in jazz music at the Conservatory “Nino Rota” of Monopoli.
In October 2000 he won the 25th International Prize and Award in Castelfidardo and in 2003 he won the 53th Trophèe Mondial. Since 2000 he is the Borsini’s Testimonial.
He wrote the original soundtrack for the movie “Le Mamme di San Vito” by Gianni Torres, the film won the Prize Globo Tricolore 2011 – Brazil / Cinema. He has performed in various parts of the world: Germany, Brazil, United States, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, England, Austria, South Africa, Denmark, Holland and Canada, performing at festivals and prestigious jazz clubs: Virada Cultural (São Paulo), NAMM Show (Los Angeles), Vibrato Grill Jazz (Los Angeles), Java Jazz Festival (Jakarta), Mellow Yellow jazz club (Bangkok), Esplanade Hall (Singapore), Smalls Jazz Club, Nublu e Zebulon (New York) TerniJazzFest, Bari in Jazz, International Accordion Festival (Castelfidardo), National Arts Festival (Grahamstown) playing with great musicians: Juini Booth, Marc Ribot, Marvin Bugalu Smith, Stacy Dillard, Flavio Boltro, Carlo Actis Dato, Davide Penta, Antonio Di Lorenzo, Giuseppe Delre, Roberto Ottaviano, Luca Ciarla, Lucio Dalla.
In 2006 approaches to vintage keyboards like the Farfisa organ, Hammond organ and Rhodes, maintaining the same creative approach that has on accordion. In 2009 designs along with Carlo Borsini a new system for the exchange accordion register, that allows to widen the range sound of his instrument . The new accordion, after more than a year of construction and design, was officially presented at the fair in Frankfurt in April 2011. Richard Galliano, speaking about young accordionists into an interview published on French magazine “Jazzman”, has said: “Who has impressed me it is a young Italian, from Puglia: Vincenzo Abbracciante. In every song he has embarked me in a history and touched”.

Alti & Bassi are an “a cappella” vocal quintet born in 1994 in Milan. Sing “a cappella” means using only the voice: with the voices and 5 microphones they create their harmonies without the use of tools, but imitating some, such as drums, bass, horns, guitars, etc… The ALTI & BASSI show is a mix of entertainment, music and culture.
They were guests at “I Pomeriggi Musicali” of Milan, at the show ”I Notturni” in Villa Simonetta, Festival of Italian song ’40s / ’50s to Palazzo Reale in Turin, at the Umberto Giordano Festival in Baveno (VB), at the San Remo Song Festival Jazz in Sanremo, S. Tempia Choral Academy at the Conservatory of Turin, the music marathon “La musica è per tutti” organized by Amadeus in the Sala Verdi at the Conservatory of Milan, the Academy Philharmonic of Messina at the Teatro Annibale di Francia, La Musa Leggera at the Auditorium Haydn of Bolzano, at the Teatro delle Muse of Ancona and Teatro Manzoni of Pistoia, at the Saschall Theatre in Florence, the festival “Visioninmusica” at the Auditorium Gazzoli of Terni, the Concert Season of the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, Accademia Filarmonica Romana at the Argentina Theatre in Rome, at “La musica e il vento” in Pantelleria. Were often guests at the Blue Note.
They have participated in numerous radio and TV italian programs and gave voice to several jingles and television themes; have been invited to international festivals such as Voice Mania 1998, 2000 and 2006 in Vienna, A Cappella Festival in Zug (Switzerland), Pure Voices in Katzeldorf, VokalTotal in Graz. The Italian Swiss Radio invited Alti & Bassi to the festival in Locarno and “Notte di mezza estate” in Mendrisio. They have won the prize “Quartetto Cetra ’98” and the Prize “Carosone” on 2006.

From marches of Salento to fanfare of Dalmatia, Albania and the Greek Islands
This is a project band with 5 brass, percussion, female vocals, a cello and the organ of the Albanian “Director” Claudio Prima for sinuous melodies and rhythms of the two shores of the Adriatic.
The music of BandAdriatica is the daughter of the sea. Conceived in the dark nights of calm or in the days of hot sun. On the deck of a ship that has been magically meeting place of different cultures and music.
A trip, a wager become a project of music and life that unites musicians and navigators who decide to embark together and look for a new common language, almost as if the native languages ??were not sufficient to fully understand. A long journey, made of chance encounters and research spasmodic. And traveling by sea is not like traveling on land, is a way subservient to the desires of the changing winds and currents.
The ensemble led by Claudio Prima, eclectic diatonic accordion player of Salento, is a meeting of cultures and backgrounds under the sign of the Adriatic Sea. In May 2008 the musicians embark on Idea 2, a ship which takes them in the ports of the Adriatic where the band meets important exponents of traditional music and ethnic contamination and with which he composes the music that became the foundation of a new repertoire Adriatic.
In 2009, the project becomes “Rotta per Otranto” a film that tells the story of this extraordinary adventure. From Venice to Capodistria, from Dubrovnik to Durazzo to Otranto, Idea 2 carrying musicians-sailors that tell in music their own travel experiences. Original music and lyrics run through an ideal journey looking for a new language that can unite the different cultures Adriatic, each of which has always been a band or a brass band to bring music into people’s homes.
Claudio Prima, diatonic accordion and voice
Redi Hasa, cello
Emanuele Coluccia, tenor sax and soprano
Andrea Perrone, trumpet, flugelhorn
Vincenzo Grasso, clarinet and tenor sax
Gaetano Carrozzo, trombone
Giuseppe Spedicato, bass
Ovidio Venturoso, drums


Donato Santoianni – Salvatore Cauteruccio, a “pas de deux” between the accordions.
An artistic project that implements wonderfully their common path. They have different experiences and backgrounds but have an undeniable feeling that makes them artistically complementary.
Accordion Duo is a musical meeting between friends “brothers” talented, listening to them is an extraordinary privilege and with them the music is spreading like oxygen, essential life-breath. But in this blend of accordions is the passion, effort and instinct music of years of study and experimentation.
On their side, a fast-paced rhythm composed of bassist Sasà Calabrese and and drummer Fabrizio La Fauci.
Donato Santoianni, accordion
Salvatore Cauteruccio, accordion
Sasà Calabrese, double bass
Fabrizio La Fauci, drums

Veronika Todorova, 24 years-old bulgarian accordionplayer, practices since she was six. Trained by bulgarian, german and italian masters she won several national and international competitions since the late 90th.
“Deutsche Meisterin 2006” in Baden Baden, “Primo Assoluto” in Lanciano, “Best Female accordionplayer 2006” at the World Cup in Norway. The list of victories is endless. Soon the media focussed on her.
Concerts at several german radio and television stations like SWR-3, Radio Berlin, Deutsche Welle and Hessischer Rundfunk followed. Newspapers and magazines wrote portraits and reviews about her concerts and her studies with jazzaccordeonstar Renzo Ruggieri from Italy.
Since 2005 she founded a trio, the “Veronika Todorova Band”; tango, jazz and balkanpolka are only three of numerous highly musical stiles presented excellently by the band.
Veronika also founded the “TangoRova-quintet” playing the tango of Astor Piazzolla.


Born in Atessa (CH) on 20/08/88, began studying piano at the age of 7 years with Prof. Marilena Cellucci and later with M° Massimo Berghella at the Civic School “F. Fenaroli” of Lanciano.
At age 11 he began studying Accordion with M° Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, who won the World Trophy C.M.A. 2001 held in Lorient (France). Winner of several national and international competitions including note: Ass 1 st International Competition “Città di Lanciano” (’99, 2000, ’01, ’03, ’04); Ass 1 st International Competition “Città di Capistrello” (Aq) (’01, ’02, ’03); 1 Ass to the National Competition “Città di Avezzano” (Aq) (2002); 1, Ass Contest “Prize Adamo Volpi’” Città di Loreto “(2002, ’03, ’04); 1, Ass to the National Competition “Città di Ortona” (Ch) (2003); 1, Ass to the National Competition “Città di Palagianello” (Ta) (2004); Ass 1, the European Competition “City of Philadelphia” (VV) (2010); In 2004 he graduated 3rd Place at the World Trophy C.M.A. (Junior Variété) held in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) from September 29 to October 3. In September 2007, plays music written by M° Stefano Fresi in the comedy “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare, directed by Loredana Scaramella, at the Globe Theatre in Rome with the artistic direction of Gigi Proietti.
In October 2007, is part of the orchestra of Teatro dell’Opera in Rome for the representation of the Opera Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, conducted by M° Gianluigi Gelmetti, directed by Giancarlo del Monaco. In the June 13, 2010 in the town of Pineto (TE) has been selected to represent Italy at the 60th World Trophy CMA based Vigo (Spain).
On 19 December 2010 was a guest of the Master Tonino Guerra in the theater Vittoria of Pennabilli (RN). He attended master classes with professors R. Tomic and Yuri Shishkin. He has given concerts as a soloist and chamber ensembles in Italy and abroad.

Was born was born in Soriano Calabro ( 09/10/1987), undertook the study of self-taught accordion at the age of 6 years; later he enrolled at the Conservatory “Fausto Torrefranca” of Vibo Valentia and in 2007 he graduated with highest honors under the guidance of M° Mario Milani. In 2009 he started studying the chromatic accordion with M° Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi winner of World Trophy CMA 2001 held in Lorient (France). He attended master classes with Massimiliano Pitocco, Yuri Shishikin, Mika Vayrynen, Nada Vjestica, Adriano Ranieri, Milian Bieletic, Dario Flammini, Viatcheslav Semionov.
Winner of numerous national and international competitions among which: 1 st prize at the 35th International Competition of Castelfidardo, Category D (Soloists without age limit); 1 st prize at the 13 th International Music Competition of Val Tidone “Young Talents” held in Pianello Val Tidone (Piacenza); 1 st prize at the II European Music Competition held in Philadelphia (VV); 1 st prize at the 32 ° National Music Competition held in Lamezia Terme, the “Contemporary Music”; 1 st prize at the First National Competition of Musical Performance “CITTA’ DEL SOL” held in Portopalo Capopassero (Syracuse); 1 st prize at the II International European music competition “Città di Acri”; 2 ° place in the International Competition “L’Estro Armonico” held in Ladispoli (Rome); 2 nd place at the V International Competition Città di Graci (AV); 3 rd place at the VII International Competition “FISA … ARMONIE 2009″ held in Trieste; In addition to concerts at the national level, participated in March 2008 to the Odissey of Homer’s dramatic installation that took place in Athens (Greece). He has collaborated as soloist with the orchestras of breath of Pizzo Calabro and Limonest directed by M° Diego Ventura and Arnaud Caumeil.
In 2010 he performed as a soloist at the Theatre Vittoria of Pennabilli (RN) for the poet, screenwriter Tonino Guerra. He has recorded for the label FIRE MUSIC the CD “Edupatès” for accordion and oboe and has made ??recordings on behalf of Vatican Radio and the Music Publishing Physa.

Pianist, he graduated with honors in 1994 under the guidance of M ° Bruno Bizzarri, at the Conservatory “G. Rossini” in Pesaro and later he earned a degree brilliantly to “biennio Interpretativo e Compositivo” at the Conservatory G. B. Pergolesi of Fermo under the guidance of M° Enrico Belli. Plays concerts both as soloist and in various chamber ensembles, playing in important events.
Also as a soloist he has performed with the string ensemble La Corte Sveva and again with the Orchestra Sinfonica of Pesaro, also during the visit of Pope Giovanni Paolo II to Loreto. Since 1994 is interested in the music of Argentina, in particular by Astor Piazzola, improving with M° Aisemberg Hugo in 1999 and won the competition for musical performance in Macerata Feltria (PU). In 1992 he obtained the qualification of “Piano teacher for the Children” is allocated by the European Social Fund after having attended a course organized by the school of music, “L. Liviabella” of Macerata, in 1996-97 the Seminar on “Solmisazione- Ritmica and pedagogical thinking of Zoltan Kodaly” held by the M°Maggiori.
He attended the seminar on the music of ‘900 of M° Bruno Canino in Ravenna, seminars interpretation of M° Riccardo Risaliti in Recanati, of M° Franco Gulli and Enrica Cavallo on the sonatas for violin piano in Reggio Emilia, of M° Bruno Bizzarri in the sphere of “Seminari Intenazionali” in Macerata. Plays an intense teaching activity at the Civic Music School “P. Soprani” of Castelfidardo – where he also appointed Artistic Director – at the School of Music “B.Gigli” of Recanati taking 2002 to 2004 also Seminars Summer at the Academy of Feronia San Severino Marche where in 2004-2005 he also held the Seminars Summer of Postgraduate and, in Macerata, at the School of Music “L. Liviabella” taking by 2006 the course “Physiology of Piano Technique” in the field of “International Seminars”.
He was invited as a juror in national and international competitions. Many students are winners of national and international competitions. He performs regularly with the duo Michelangelo ’70 with the violinist Michele Torresetti.

Christian Riganelli obtained his diploma in classical accordion at the Conservatorio “N.Piccinni” of Bari under M° M.Pitocco. Subsequently he obtained a diploma in “Didattica della Musica” and a degree in “Discipline Musicali” at the Conservatorio “G.B.Pergolesi” of Fermo. He is very busy as a soloist performer and in various formations, playing classical and popular music. He has played throughout Europe and as an exponent of “nuevo tango” and has played this often in Argentina.
He is a member of the “Milonga Quintet”, a group that has released the CD “Romance” which proposes new arrangements and variations based on the music of Astor Piazzolla. He has worked with Vinicio Capossela and was the first to perform the music of “Il Viaggio”, a show by David Riondino in collaboration with RaiTrade.
In 2005 he was the soloist at the “Giornata delle Marche” broadcast live on Rai International from the Teatro “G.B.Pergolesi” of Jesi. In 2007 he played at the premiere of “La funzione del centenario” by Roberto De Simone, a cantata for tenor and solo accordion, male choir and band, for the 37th edition of “Settembre al Borgo” in the Duomo of Casertavecchia.
In 2008 he published the CD “Livin God” for the Arts Foundation Amalgama done in collaboration with Regione Marche. A project dedicated to the spread of inter-culture containing readings and songs of sacred music performed in duo with flute and soprano. On 4th December 2008 presented the CD “…a conduzione familiare” with the Concerto Musicale Ambaradan which offers original pieces inspired by the song writing produced by Rararecords.
On 21st and 22nd March 2009 at the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, he performed as soloist with the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana interpreting in first national performance music by B. Moretti for the ballet “Terra”. He is the teacher of accordion at the “P.Soprani” School of Music of Castelfidardo.

The Fisa & Bass Duo is an original musical proposal: starting from turning with the timbre of the accordion bass to the choice of repertoire based on popular tunes and songs belonging to the so-called classical music: flavors of Russian music, Jewish and Gypsy, French and Spanish are interwoven here and merge, creating a fascinating atmosphere of multicultural music.
In the concert are reproduced with great respect, authors such as Koussevitzky and Schurbin: their compositions “Chanson triste” and “Sonata No. 2″ are executed in versions including the highly personal variation on the theme, improvisation and the distortion of the original form.
GIACOMO ROTATORI (fisarmonica)
After graduation in the contrabass with the master Gobbi achieved at the conservatory “Rossini” of Pesaro, he decides to devote himself entirely to study the accordion under the guidance of master Scappini, with which he graduated brilliantly in 2005 at the conservatory “Verdi” in Milan.
Same time deepens the technique of jazz with Simone Zanchini, and attended seminars by R. Galliano and L. Biondini in the International Award of Castelfidardo in 2004. For years he has collaborated with several orchestras, including the Orchestra Maderna of Forlì, under the direction of M° Karl Heinz Steffens, and RAI Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonardo De Amicis. He has performed in the most important Italian Festivals ranging from classical to jazz, from tango to the song writing: in fact, his repertoire includes many genres of music, from Baroque transcriptions ((Bach, Frescobaldi, Scarlatti) to original compositions for accordion (Lundquist, Bettinelli, Ferrari-Trecate, Lattuada, Pozzoli), excerpts from the popular tradition (Rota, De Gregori, De Andrè) to “jazz standards” most famous (Jobim, Parker, Gillespie, Kosma). Offcial demonstrator of accordions “Euphonia”, is now considered one of the largest Italian accordionists.
ROBERTO BARTOLI (contrabbasso)
He graduated in contrabass at the Conservatory of Pesaro in 1980, then studied jazz arranging and composition with Bruno Tommaso. He collaborates with numerous musicians including T. Lama, G. Trovesi, G. Mirabassi, F. Meloni, M. Marzi, M. Negri, M.Tamburini, S. Zanchini, E. Fioravanti, S. Battaglia, A. Succi, V. Atanasovski and other participating in international festivals in Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Russia, Lebanon, Tunisia, Ethiopia.
He published the CD “Amaremandorle” with the group TAO and Paolo Fresu, published by the German YVP, “Terre di mezzo” with the trio Rodriguez-Zanchini-Bartoli published by the Italian Philology, “Astolfo sulla luna” with the Collettivo Leòn, “Pulcherrima ignota” with E. Bairàv Ensemble, published by Zecchini Editor, “Faro” with E. Rodriguez, S.Zanchini and E.Fioravanti published by Wide Sound, “Anche se solo un miraggio, ci vuole coraggio”, a suite for contrabass and computer edited by Stella Nera label, “Jazz back” with Antonio Marangolo and the Sebastian Coleman Gallery, “La musica del vento” with Fabrizio Meloni, E. Bairàv Ensemble and the Virtuosi Italiani, “From Napoli to Bueno Aires” with ensemble of international soprano Barbara Ulricca Theler, “Non posso riposare” with Paola Sabbatani; is being published by label Gallo Roho the Cd Tirodarco with S.Maiore, D. Sillato and A. Succi.
He is the author of several works of music theater: “Lo scialle”, based on the story of C.Ozick and “Canti per elefanti” of Elena Bucci, “Gordon Pym” from E. Allan Poe theater adaptation of Enzo Vetrano and Stefano Randisi. He currently teaches bass and music at Scuola Comunale of music “Vassura-Baroncini” of Imola (Bo).
He was recently invited to lecture at the Conservatory of Music in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).


Attracted by the sounds since he was 4 years thanks to his grandfather’s passion for music (classical accordion), with which he began his musical studies.
At 6 years he henrolled at Centro Didattico Musicale Italiano in the class of M°Giuseppe Pagni with which complete the 10-year course in classical accordion with honors and learn the basic rules of composition. From 88 to 90′s studies accordion jazz with M° Peppino Principe. Since ’93 he is dedicated exclusively to the piano under the guidance of M° Vincenzo Di Sabatino with which he graduated with honors from the Conservatory “A. Casella” in L’Aquila.
He has won major international competitions such as: International Competition “J. Brahms” and International Competition “A.Rubinstein”, has performed as pianist in prestigious theaters in Italy and Europe. For about six months he started to play the accordion after 23 years and has released a new album titled “Ricomincio da qui” released in mid June, which he produced in collaboration with renowned jazz musicians.
This is a project of World Music with modern and original compositions, where the accordion plays the lead role.

I don’t know if in other human manifestation is the same, but there is no purity in music. There has never been. Every phenomenon is the result of meetings, commixtures and no judicious pairing at all. And actually every tradition – which is sold off as something very solid – is a slow and constant transformation of shapes, sounds, colors and attitudes.
And those two instruments (accordion, bandoneon and guitar) which vibrate in the hands of Cristiano Lui and Stefano Ciotola are necessarily “impures”. These instruments can be recognized in a lot of different styles, several genres and repertories. – As happens in music, as happens in life – the guys almost came across together throughout a kind of metaphorical journey, departing from shared passions but touching so many places and tastes.
The story tells us about the bal musette and also about the meeting with the chromatic accordion through Italian immigrants who settled in Bastille and Faubourg Saint-Antoine neighborhoods of Paris, between ‘800 and ‘900; it talks about the mixing of foreign dances like polka, tango and rumba and about the the need of a new kind of ball like the java; about the success earned by the very first little jazz orchestras and above all it make us know about the vitality of persons like Django Reinhardt (a Belgian gypsy guitar player) who will draw big inspiration from the accordion player of the time.
The path of Cristiano Lui and Stefano Ciotola take shape from these elements and predilections. And it is a path ideally drawn as a kind of journey in the subway of Paris which is often the scene of unrehearsed concerts of varied artists.
Then, Paris has always hosted artists from all over the world without any hesitation, “making them Parisian”, adopting them, but also preserving every kind of personal and intrinsic quality.

Alessandro and Gabriele began studying accordion at a very early age, and already now give evidence of their extraordinary musical talent coupled with their curiosity led them to become children out from the usual academic schedules.
Flagships of their teacher Antonio Spaccarotella, Alessandro and Gabriele are undoubtedly the greatest talents of the diatonic accordion Under 16 in Italy. Just nine years these children have scored a diverse number of national and international competitions won with first places and are preparing for the World Championships of diatonic accordion.
If even very young these children perform a complex repertoire of classical music for diatonic accordion with authors such as: R. Tesi, D. Di Paolonicola, A. Spaccarotella, Trombesi, E. Pascoal. Currently they studying at the Conservatory Tchaykovky of Nocera Terinese (CZ) in the class of diatonic accordion with and are preparing for a long season of concerts that will take them throughout Italy.

Equipped with a natural flair for music, started studying the accordion at age seven and made his debut in the show years later won the 1 prize in the contest entity Italian radio (EIAR) titled “Paradise of the amateurs”.
His innate musical qualities, such as absolute pitch and visual memory associated with the natural ability to improvise on any subject, enabling him to quickly complete their academic training and start a solo career crowned by the victory of numerous first prizes in more accordion competitions, both national and international, without distinction of class: passes it with aplomb and a sense of the show from the classical repertoire that earned the praise of renowned jazz masters who preside over the jury, such as Franco Alfano, Felice Lattuga, Renzo Bossi, Guido Farina, Nino Rota, Luigi Ferrari Trecate, Lino Liviabella, Adamo Volpi.
The experts are taken aback by how natural the perfect technique, his touch from the sturdy, surprisingly dall’agilità and safety enforcement. Same time she devoted herself to concert performing in solo concerts in major cities in Germany, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Denmark, Spain, U.S. Venezuela, Canada. Talented composer, and author of dozens of pieces, some of which, recorded by accordion virtuoso, have been published by the German publishing house Wurzburger in the series dedicated to the repertoire of the accordion.
Intense his recording career, which began in the era of long Plaing and continued with the implementation of the Compact Disc particularly appreciated the skillful arrangement of the songs, however, all “original” prepared by the same Di Modugno, and for the lively melody line that makes it particularly characteristic of the “sound” of the artist.
He has recorded four CDs for Jazz The Red Record. A pioneer in the use of electronics applied to traditional accordion, currently playing an instrument specially built for him by the company “Beltuna” of Castelfidardo called “Model Pino Di Modugno” associated with it a special amplifier and “MIDI” (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology from the Master of Castelfidardo production, enabling it at any time to develop evocative orchestral sounds impressive to the public.

He was born 23 January 1991 in Koper (SLO – Slovenia). Untill ten years he studied classical accordion as an autodidact. One year later he began studying the diatonic accordion with teacher Mitja Kodarin, junior world champion 1991. After a year of study with Mitja, he began studying with Andrei Gropajc, junior world champion 2001.
During the study with Andrej, which lasted five years, he win the most competitions. Subsequently he is improved by prof.Zoran Lupinc, first diatonic accordion champion in 1987 and professor of his past teachers.
In 2009 he gave a concert as a soloist in the school of music in Koper (SLO) and he was a guest on radio Eurostar in Umag (CRO), guest of Radio Koper – Koper (SLO), a guest on TV Sponkie (SLO), guest at the transmission “Lo Scrigno” of TeleFriuli, guest in the festival Alpe Adria Folk Fest in Portole (CRO) in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009. In the last year he has been proclaimed European Champion 2009 in absolute diatonic in Attimis with 100 to 100 points.
He is currently arranging songs varietè and classic for diatonic accordion, is a master of diatonic accordion at the Communities of Italians in Momjan (CRO) and is preparing for the entrance examination to upper course for Saxophone at the Conservatory.

Marsell Marinšek, born in 1969, he attended music school in Pirano, Slovenia.
He has learned so much studying and playing along with accordionist Mihael Cener who took as a model for the first time. They played together for many years, was joined by the folk group of Pirano, where he developed his sense of the popular music. Great importance for his artistic career he had a meeting with several accordionists, and that’s how he discovered he wanted to devote himself to jazz, blues, funk, etc..
He attended courses at the School of Music in Capodistria and took part in seminars of jazz improvisation organized by Renato Chicco, Renzo Ruggieri, Frank Marocco and other talented artists.He has won several awards at the International Competition of Castelfidardo in the category Jazz.
He currently plays solo and collaborated with the actress and singer Miriam Monica, is the author of several shows and Cabaret and, with Enzo Hrovatin, songwriter and composer of numerous hit songs in Slovenia.

The notes of Frank Marocco Accordion did the soundtrack to more than 400 Hollywood productions (from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” signed for four hands with Henry Mancini for “The Godfather”, from “Gladiator” to “Pulp Fiction” just to name a few), TV series, commercials and cartoons, especially Disney’s (among others, “Ratatouille” or “Beauty and the Beast”).
But even more amazing cause for his collaborations with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, Doris Day and Dave Gruisin, not forgetting Pavarotti, Prince, Madonna and Pink Floyd (The Wall). Also of his signature last CD “Safari” by Jovanotti. Even though he was born in Illinois, the origins of Frank Marocco are in our country: the father of Caserta, while his mother Emiliana. He begins to study music at the age of seven years with M° George Stefani, who encourage him to new musical horizons as well as classic ones, and will remain at his side as a teacher and mentor for nearly 10 years.
At 17 years old Marocco begins its performance in public playing with the Chicago Pops Orchestra, and later formed a trio with which sound travels across America and, later, he performed in Las Vegas and Palm Springs to Hollywood success. In the United States has been nominated for eight times in a row as “Most Valuable Player” by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, earning the coveted title twice.
During his career he has received numerous awards, including the “Golden Reed” and “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Frank Marocco, has played with some of the best American and European jazz musicians: Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Zoot Sims and Lee Konitz, Joey Baron, Herb Ellis, Ray Pizzi, Ivor Malherbe, Carlo Atti, Sam Most, Giancalo Bianchetti, Jacob Fischer, Pekka Sarmanto, Martin Classen, Andy Martin, Tuomo Dahllom, Ric Todd, Harold Jones, Gerry Gibbs, Mikko Hassinen, Conti Candoli, Philippe Cornaz, John Pattatucci, Mats Vinding, Mogens BBaekgaard Andersen, Marcel Papaux, Aage Tanggaard, Fire Ron and Richard Galliano Peter Erskine, Klaus Paier, Renzo Ruggeri, Max Cut, Pete Christlieb, Larry Koons, Simone Zanchini AndySimpkins, Bob Shepard, Frank Rossolini, Jim Hall, Abraham Laboriel, Grant Geissman, Luis Conte and Stix Hooper, these are just a few names.

Composer, arranger, piano, bandoneon, has grown since the beginning of his work a strong interest in improvised music while having a musical background of classical extraction (Diploma in Composition) began just 8 years with the study of piano, cello, composition and conducting orchestra.
His collaborations range from classical to contemporary, from jazz to tango, from ethnic music to world music, with forays into the world of theater, film and dance. He played in the major Italian and International festivals including: Suoni Mediterranei at Roccella Jonica ’87 and ’88, Jazz & Image of Villa Celimontana in Rome, Ravenna Jazz 2000, Jazz Clusone 2001, 2001 Venice Art Biennale, Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz 2004, Festival della Letteratura Mantova 2004, Cormòns 2005, National Academy of Santa Cecilia Chamber Music Season 2005-06, England – Music Festival Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, the Netherlands – Music Hall in Leeuwarden, Germany – 30 ° Deutsches Jazz Festival Frankfurt , Berlin Jazz Festival, Spain – Festival de la Merce in Barcelona, Egypt – Cairo Opera House, Norway – Trondheim Olavsfestdagen, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Slovenia, Croatia and Albania.
He has performed, recorded and collaborated with: Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, A Filetta, Oliver Lake, David Murray, Miroslav Vitous, Rita Marcotulli, Dave Liebman, Toots Thielemans, Omar Sosa, Flavio Boltro, Joanne Brackeen, Greg Osby, Ira Coleman, Dino Saluzzi, Javier Girotto, Cèsar Stroscio,Tenores di Bitti, Enzo Favata, Aires Tango, Peppe Servillo, David Riondino, Francesco Guccini,Sergio Cammariere, Lella Costa, Eugenio Allegri, Alessandro Haber, Giuseppe Piccioni, Mimmo Cuticchio, Custòdio Castelo, Andrè Jaume, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Furio Di Castri, U.T. Ghandi, Luis Agudo. In 2003 has composed, performed and recorded for the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Marche the “Suite for Bandoneon and Orchestra”, commissioned by the same right. He has published more than 30 discs with labels and editions: Via Veneto Jazz, Philology, Manifesto, Felmay, Amiata Records, Splasc(H), World Music, CCn’C Records and for Dodicilune the latest work entitled “Canto alla Terra”.
The latest collaboration are those with Miroslav Vitous, who invited him to attend the last CD called Universal Syncopation II published by the prestigious German label ECM, and the last disc with Ornella Vanoni.

Vaudeville, cabaret and cafe-chantant alive in the performance of Mirko and Malò, with a vast repertoire that ranges from Italian songs from the first 900 to 1958, and songs in French, English and German brought to the success by artists of the Variety International in the first half of last century.
The show “Luci del Varietà” is a kind of variety of alternating old songs, caricatures, scenes and vaudeville costumes. Among the best known Italian songs “Mille lire al mese”, “I pompieri di Viggiù”, “Tanto pe’ canta’”, “A Cammisella” with burlesque, “Balocchi e profumi”.
The title of the show and the theme are taken from the film by Fellini and Lattuada.
During three years of activity and over three hundred gigs Mirko and Malò have been able to bring their show to audiences more different. They performed in numerous events in collaboration with agencies Event’s Planet, Dna Style, Visual Event and recently with All Crazy of Lissone (Milan).
They worked for Riccardo Recchia (Zelig, Colorado Cafè), in the musical comedy “Au Lapin Agile”, represented in some theaters in the Veneto. With the last show, “Luci del Varietà” frequently work at the Micca Club of Rome and have recently been involved in an international production at the Teatro Palladium.
They performed in several events in the Veneto, Trentino, Lombardy and Tuscany, where they had the opportunity to work with Simone Cristicchi and the Chorus of Minatori di S.Fiora.
Marianna Malonni, vocals
Mirko Dettori, accordion and vocals

The Fisarminitrio born in Genoa in 2011 develops themes of jazz and author taken in key accordion but especially with the main message which is to make music for the pleasure of listening to it all those who love it.
The trio is a musical project formed by Marco Batelli on bass, Marco Traversone on guitar and Fabio Giorgy on accordion.
Some of the songs of their repertoire:
How insensitive, My funny Valentine, Libertango, Tango pour Claude, Lover man, Summertime, Autums leaves, You look good to me, Spleen, Il postino, All blues, Oblivion…e tanti altri.

TICKETS was born out of the desire to musically portray the travels that musicians such as I confront to realize their shows and musical projects.
Thanks to those trips, new ideas and collaborations are born and encounters happen between people, musicians and their diverse musical cultures, springing forth the inspiration to compose with these companions in new musical adventures that obviously have the flavor and atmosphere of these unique and original travels.
And so … TICKETS, because tickets accompany each trip, because they are the first step towards new musical horizons leading to new voyages and goals and sounds.

“Una Sinistra” (Italian – one left hand) – duo of Yulia Amerikova (piano accordion) and Alexander Selivanov (button accordion) – was formed in 2003.
“Una Sinistra” became 1st prize winner of Coupe Mondiale. Duo takes part in international festivals in Russia and Europe. There are many different style pieces in duo program – transcriptions of symphonic and piano classics, contemporary music and arrangement of variety and folk tunes.

Miranda Cortes French musician comes from a very young age to study the accordion, with a passion that will take years more to become the body of his profession. She graduated with honors from the Conservatory of Vicenza under the guidance of P. Angeloni and F. Visentin, following in the meantime with C. Jacomucci courses and master classes with R. Ruggieri, P. Angeloni, T. Anzellotti, H. North, J. Macerollo, I. Battiston. Magnetic singer, eclectic improviser and songwriter, Miranda Cortes is able to mix in a very special blues, swing, klezmer, ska, tango, Middle Eastern and ethnic rhythms in general.
Her numerous performances as a leader they see it active on many fronts: the solo concert which is recognized in a large vein and charismatic interpretation, ensembles with musicians such as world music of LA FRONTERA, jazz band with Jimmy Weinstein, transcription classical and tango with violinist Marianne Wade, music for theater and acting, her collaborations with poets and writers such as G.R. Manzoni, P. Lanaro, S. Buzzati, R. Piumini, G.Dal Bon, G. Pozzetto, C. Vio, as the accompanying sound of music and improvisation on the text. She has performed in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Croatia.
The criticism recognizes on Miranda Cortes a interpreter with charming stage presence and charisma. A strong vein of natural talent for improvisation and virtuosity make her a reliable mediator of the musical language.

Marianne Wade, violin, born in Durham in England, she studied violin, piano and chamber music with Barry Wilde (Newcastle), Adalbert Naubert (Freiburg) and Adelina Oprean (Basel).
She graduated in violin at the Royal College of Music in London, graduating in the meantime in modern languages ??(German and French) at the University of Cambridge. Here she won a scholarship for chamber music (violin), and participates in numerous concerts; after continues violin studies in Freiburg, Germany. Completed the qualification of a teacher of modern languages ??at secondary schools, teaches French and German at Emmanuel College, Gateshead (UK) from 1993-1998.
Performs concerts in various European cities, with various chamber, guest in various concert seasons at the Edinburgh Festival, finally with string quartet and quintet in Freiburg. She still specializes in the annual “Sommer Akademie Lenk” in Switzerland in the class for Violin Solo by Adelina Oprean, and in duo with the pianist Miriam Rigobello in the class of Chamber Music with Emile Cantor and Adrian Cox. In February 2008 she graduated Academic Level II at the Conservatory of Vicenza with the highest marks.
Since 1998, she moved to Italy and resides at the Cooperative Mamre at Valdimolino in Montecchio Maggiore. She collaborated with various orchestras, including the orchestra of the Teatro Olimpico. Numerous concerts of chamber music by the pianist Miriam Rigobello, in trio with Rigobello and Antonio Mistè, and in duo with accordionist Miranda Cortes.
Collaborated with Pino Costalunga and the theater company Glossateatro. She teaches violin and promotes monthly concerts for young people and adults.


The Duo Calambre was born from the masters Luca Catena and Luigino Pallotta who decide to give life to an original group. The passion for music that unites them brought them within a short time to an unexpected success. Concerts in the squares of Recanati, Loreto, Porto Recanati and Castelfidardo.
Sound appetizers in locals of the coast and events organized in private villas. Accompanying music during the presentation of books by Giancarlo Trapanese (Castelfidardo, 15/07/2010) and Maria Pia Silvestrini (Marzocca, 10/01/2010).
Participation in the Music Reality Show during the Castelfidardo International Accordion Festival 2010.
The Duo Calambre is capable of arousing strong emotions, thanks to the complementarity of the two powerful tools, so different from each other but together they create a sonic cohesion of great impact.
They offer a wide repertoire of shows, ranging Argentinean folk music of the Brazilian (A. Piazzolla, C. Gardel, A. Troilo, C. Velasquez…).

“Two Half Dogs” duo born from the encounter between Paolo Polverini and Silvano Staffolani.
In the ’80s, thanks to the common love for music, the two artists have shared many experiences together in the punk music.
Their spirit of inquiry has led them to deepen their knowledge of different sounds and music also deal in other areas of expression such as theater, dance and music therapy; these items will make them meet again, coming to form “Two Half Dogs”.
The passion of both for the traditional and popular culture has meant that Paolo’s accordion found the right integration with the Silvano’s guitar to give voice to the same energy previously submitted with punk.
For several years, with “Il cielo in una danza” are committed to spreading the wealth of ethnic dances and traditional dances, from “saltarello” to explore regional and traditions dances of Italy, of Europe and the world, inviting the people to dance to the sound of their music.

The group, formed in 1971 in order to retrieve and disseminate local folk traditions, otherwise destined to disappear, currently sees over time ensured the continuity due to its open structure and especially the engagement of its members to pass to the “new” what they have learned.
In recalling the traditional convivial meetings of the holidays, great anniversaries or at the end of the work in the fields the Group has come to offer a pleasant and varied spectacle, while respecting the originality of the local folklore, through careful research costume design, music and choreographic and continuous exercise tests, constantly looking for improvements.

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