Mario Nappi trio
wins the European Jazz Contest 2013
A young trio, of fresh perception, with improvisation geometries drawing from the Afro-American jazz, bringing it back to nowadays with a certain spontaneity and maturity. The final result is a continuous syncretism among the Afro-American one, the Neapolitan one and modernity, with an interplay and a trio breath in its totality as a unique human being. The compositions are marked by a late-romantic vein, witnessing the European matrix common to the three young musicians belonging to the national jazz panorama. A wind of freshness and new sounds.
“Chicco Bettinardi” Piacenza Jazz 2013 – Italian Jazz Young Talents Award, Audience Award
“European Jazz Contest” Maastricht (The Netherlands) 2013
“Fara Jazz” 2013, Best Soloist Award
“Bergamo Jazz” 2014 and best arrangement prize
“Barga jazz” 2015 – “Luca Flores Best Soloist Award”
Mario Nappi was born in Naples and from an early age he began studying music, concentrating on the piano and later the vocal and instrumental composition. He graduated in piano and in composition at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella in Naples.
Despite his young age, he has already performed in several festivals of international renown such as
ITALIAN JAZZ DAYS in New York City, MAASTRICHT JAZZ FESTIVAL (The Netherlands), LE JOURNAL DE PETITE MONTPARNASSE (Paris), UMBRIA JAZZ (Perugia), FESTIVAL DEI DUE MONDI (Spoleto), FESTIVAL DI RAVELLO (Ravello), LA CASA DEL JAZZ and AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA (Rome). His discography vaunts 13 recordings with different line-ups, from his own trio, with which he recorded 2 Cds already, to the Big Band and featuring internationally renowned artists such as Javier Girotto. He published 3 didactic music and piano methods (ed. Wakepress). Parallel to his pianist, composer and arranger experience is his educator profession, teaching piano, harmony, improvisation and music theory. At present he teaches in the Naples Conservatoire.
Corrado Cirillo was born in Naples in 1984. He graduated (both 1st and 2nd cycle level degree) in double bass in Naples Conservatoire, under guidance of M° Ermanno Calzolari.
Very active on the live scene with several line-ups, he often collaborates with national and regional tv broadcasts. He collaborated with many renowned jazz artists, such as Flavio Boltro, John Kinnison, Bobby Durham, Famoudou Don Moye, Shawnn Monteiro, Jesse Davis, Luis Bacalov, Mark Sherman, Javier Girotto, Archie Shepp, ONJ orchestra. From 2010 he plays in the group of the composer P.Catalano, for the recording of soundtracks of several films such as Barney’s Version, Ferzan Ozpetek’s movies, etc.
Luca Mignano was born in Naples in 1991. He starts studying at the age of 11 under guidance of Sergio Di Natale, to proceed with Gregory Hutchinson.
Despite his young age he performed in many important national and international festivals such as MAASTRICHT JAZZ FESTIVAL (The Netherlands) and JAMMIN’FESTIVAL (Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma). As sideman he carries on a very intense live activity and was awarded with both national and international competitions. Among his live and recording collaborations: Javier Girotto, Saint Louis Big Band, Rosario Giuliani, Maria Pia De Vito,Orchestra Jazz Parthenopea.