Maria Pia De Vito

(born 17th August 1960 in Naples, Italy, and resident in Rome) singer, composer and jazz arranger. She studied opera and contemporary singing, composition and jazz arrangement. She had her debut in 1976 as a singer and musician (plectra, percussion and piano) in research groups committed to ethnic music. Since 1980 she has been working in the jazz field and collaborated, with, among others, Paolo Fresu, Norma Winstone, Steve Tino Tracanna, Bruno Tommaso. She toured throughout Europe and the United States. Between 1994 and 1997 with Rita Marcotulli she created and directed the "Nauplia" project, a fusion between Neapolitan folk song and jazz. In this period she expanded her interest in improvisation and in symbols, realizing the CD "Phonè" with the pianist John Taylor. Then Ralph Toner was added to this duo and in 2000 they recorded the CD "Verso". Since 1996 she has worked with the British composer Colin Town and his "Mask Orchestra", with whom she performed at the "Queen Elizabeth Hall" in London. She also works with the sculptress and video-maker Marisa Albanese, with whom she has produced three videos: Strappi d'Acqua", "Color Pelle", "Festina Lento". In 2008 she presented the CD "DialeKtos" in collaboration with Huw Warren and Gabriele Mirabassi. Her interest in song writing has led her to create a new band, "Songs from the Underground", with which she recorded the CD attached to the review L'Espresso in the series "Jazz Italiano Live". She is also interested in Baroque music and she has created various projects with the harpsichordist Claudio Astronio.
Selected works: Giardino d'ammore, Il Paradiso dei cacciottielli, Scugnizzeide, Eucharisto So"i, Si fosse n'auciello, Arò Fujje, Miskin, I invented you.
Awards: In 2001 she was awarded the "Positano Jazz" and in the same year she was added into the category "Beyond Artist" of the 49° Down Beat Critics Poll in the USA.

Contact: www.mariapiadevito.com

Mariacristina de Santi

(born 16th December 1964 in Rome) composer and teacher. In 1990 she gained a diploma in piano at the "Santa Cecilia" Conservatory in Rome with Vera Gobbi Belcredi and in 1996 a diploma in composition with Giovanni Piazza. In the same year, she graduated in Literature at the "La Sapienza" University in Rome. She attended composition courses at the "Accademia Chigiana" in Siena and at the "Fondazione Romano Romanini" in Brescia with Azio Corghi and Mauro Bonificio. She also attended courses for Orff Schulwerk's methodology and practice with Giovanni Piazza, for rhythmic, according to
Jacques Dalcroze's methodology, with Luisa Di Segni Jaffè, and for music teaching with Boris Porena. Since then, she has carried out activities of music introductory at various music schools in Rome. Three of her works, Puer natus est nobis (brass octet), In notte placida (string quartet) and Noè noè (brass quintet), have been commissioned by the Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica for their concert series'.
Seleted works: L'A.U.ra, for soprano and percussions, 2004; Sarabande I, for string quartet, 2004; Animali degli specchi, for double string orchestra, 2005; Sarabande II, fl, cl, pf, vibr, vl, vlc, 2005; Flour, for cello solo, 2008; Minstrelsy cake walk, for soprano sax and string trio, 2009.
Awards: Her Il Tesoro nascosto for youth chamber ensemble and her Karawata e le uova della serpentesca have been awarded the International competition "Suoni di Fiaba, Vittorio Veneto (Italy), 2005 and 2009; her Canto V, for narrator, soprano, string quartet and flute quartet, was awarded the I International Composition Competition "Danteinmusica", 2010.

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Marketa Dvorakova

(born and resident in Czech Republic), composer. She studied composition with Jan Grossmann and Edvard Schiffauer (Conservatory of Ostrava 1992-98), with Leos Faltus (Janacek Academy of Music, Brno-master degree studies 1998-2003) and Ivo Medek (Janacek Academy of Music, Brno, doctoral studies 2004-present); composition courses in Cesky Krumlov. She is member of the women composers' collective "Hudbaby"and the ensemble "Marijan".
Selected works: Mute conversation for vibraphone and percussion, 1995; Like loreta chimes, for young female voice and string quartet, 1996; Sleeping beauty on text by J.Zacek, for mixed chorus, 1997; Bigl - piano cycle for young pianists, 1998 [published by Ritornel, Ostrava]; Three times on the same topic-movement for symphony orchestra, 1998 [premiered by the Janacek philharmonic with Otakar Trhlik, conductor]; Five movements for flute and alto flute, 1999; Short story for percussion, 2000; Giraffe's opera chamber opera, 2001, on text by Jacques Prevert [premiered at Stavovske theatre in Prague on 10.11.2002]; Fires for multimedia, 2002, co-authored with Ivo Medek and Jan Kavan; Waters-6-movement symphony for large orchestra, 2003 [premiered by the Brno philharmonic and Emil Skotak on 30.1.2003].
Awards: For the national competition of young composers "Generace": 1st prize in 1993 (Leave Words Behind The Doors), 3rd prize in 1994 (I entrust you with my life), 2nd prize in 1999 (Non-Green Man), 3rd prize in 2001 (concertino for saxophone, string orchestra, and percussion), 2nd prize in 2003 (Moments), 2nd prize in 2004 (Naked Reptile), honourable mention in 2005 (Left Ideas); nomination for the Alfred Radok award (2002), the Leos Janacek award (2003), the Ministry of Culture award (2003).