It’s an unusual trip for a Harp and a Trumpet… When Gianluca and Ciro first met they decide to go beyond the limits and the “borders” of their instruments looking for a new sound, something they never heard before.
So they brought along their experiences in jazz, folk and classical music and just started playing, using pedal effects of every kind and writing songs without any idea of what they were actually doing. After a long year, they played the first concert and then… the trip began!
This is the magical world of Grass ‘n Wood!
Ciro Riccardi: Professional musician, trumpet player, composer since 2001. He studied Jazz and composition at the “San Pietro a Majella” conservatory, in Napoli. Session musician and tour musician for a great amount of musicians, bands and orchestras all over Italy, he has occasionally worked as a soloist with international artists such as Adam Rudolph, Paul Gaspar, Famoudou Don Moye and others. In recent years he has participated as a trumpeter in many theatrical performances, directed by Armando Punzo, Pippo Del Bono, Peppino Mazzotta, Antonella Monetti and others, and has composed scores for short movies and dance pieces. He has put on many bands, and he is also composer and soloist for Slivovitz, an eclectic Neapolitan band, for whom he composes and arranges many musical pieces and plays for more than a decade. With Slivovitz he recorded 3 CDs: in 2011, Bani ahead - (Moonjune Records), in 2015 All You Can Eat - (Moonjune Records) and In 2017 - Liver (live in Milan) (Vinyl : SoundFly. Italia / CD : Moonjune Records. U.S.).
He is also the founder, arranger, director and bandleader of the "Uanema Orchestra", a band born in 2012 that proposes original arrangements of the classic jazz/swing period. His first solo album, "Racconti di Vinile” (2017) was released in May for the "Alfa Music" label, with Peppe Servillo and Daniele Sepe as guests.
Gianluca Rovinello graduates in Classical Harp in 2011 and then begins his hard trip studying Jazz and contemporary Harp. He collects many prizes as a young harpist and in 2005 he starts the An Arperc’, the first south Italian folk harp ensemble who plays many important concerts such as the RAI auditorium in 2009 with the Scarlatti Orchestra.
He’s Gatos do Mar’s harpist and the composer, unconventional world music trio that releases the albums “La Zattera” (2015) and “La Sindrome di Wanderlust” (2019) with RadiciMusic Records.
Meanwhile in 2017 he records togheder with Pino Ciccarelli the album “Canzoni lievi per anime randagie” with Polosud Records.
He collaborates with many popular Neapolitan singer such as Blindur, Consiglia Ricciardi, Lucariello, Daniele Sepe and Flo recording more than 50 albums in 10 years. Never forgetting his classical origin today Gianluca is the first Italian harpist who mixes classical, jazz, folk and electronic music.