_Clarin | 9-18-2002
A couple of versions of classics from Rio de la Plata -not imperiously personal versions but rather engaged with the luster of the original ideas and the history- and ten original pieces in which reappear Rio de la Plata, “Criollas” and Latin Americans inspirations, build “La Sonrisa” (“The Smile”): the third CD from the guitarist Claudio Ceccoli (the former two were with the Trio Trama).
Played with the eight string guitar, Ceccoli’s musical pieces soak in different traditions without establishing any restrictive compromise with them. In “Liebre por gato” participates the quena player Raúl Olarte and in “Boedo” (J. de Caro) play also Silvio Cattáneo (guitar) and Felipe Traine (guitarrón criollo).

_Magazine XXIII | 10-10-2002
For those who like the sound of strings there are two good pieces of news: the launching of the CD of Omar Cyrulnik, Guitarra criolla and Claudio Ceccoli, La sonrisa. With plain arrangements, Cyrulnik undertakes pop songs and plays them with an impeccable classical technique...Ceccoli with his eight string guitar, has chosen a majority of compositions from his own, to submerge himself completely in the interpretation. It is Argentine music mixed with Brazilian and Uruguayan rhythms. An extraordinary mixture of milonga, samba, bossa, tango and candombe that enriches with Raúl Olarte’s quena and Felipe Traine’s guitarrón. Two musicians with an extensive trajectory and two styles to enjoy.

_Diario Popular | 10-15-2002
With his eight string guitar, imagination and vigor, Claudio Ceccoli goes over the Argentine music. The Rioplatenses rhythms (his candombe “De regreso”, for example) are natural with the folk airs and the tangos and milongas in “La sonrisa”, the last production in which the integrant of the trio Trama is accompanied by Raúl Olarte’s quena, Silvio Cattáneo’s guitar and Felipe Traine´s guitarrón. With passages in which his style reminds to the Brazilian musician Baden Powel (and some references to the bossa nova, specially in “Ese dino”), Ceccoli complete his proposal that is close to jazz music. Although his music sounds universal for that reason, it is deeply felt Argentine music.

_Magazine Elixir – Nov. 2002
An artist that in the path to introspection, awakes those being’s feelings through his compositions, accompanied by his eight string guitar. It is difficult to refer to music that somebody hasn’t ever listened to. Perhaps, the first attractive point that can be generated from words is to qualify this music as unprecedented.
The curiosity of listening to something new harasses constantly to those of us who feel attracted by the music.
We never stop listening to those discs bought decades ago, but the desire for a new melody pursues to music lovers as a pact of strong dependence. Claudio Ceccoli is a composer and instrumentalist born in Pergamino, province of Buenos Aires. Graduated in the National Conservatory “López Buchardo” and in the Popular Music School of Avellaneda, he studied with masters as Eduardo Thenon, Armando Alonso, Aníbal Arias, Mauricio Carilho, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascoal, Baden Powel, Mario Mussio, Guillermo Possati, Julio Viera, Jorge Rotter and Antonio Russo. He was seduced by Brazilian and Uruguayan folk music and arranged and played traditional songs. The more he investigated his instrument, the more he required a bigger scope as an artist: music from Latin America adaptable to his own arrangements and improvisation.
In 1986 he started and intense activity as a soloist and took part in different bands, among which is remarkable the trio Trama, being Ceccoli author of a lot of compositions from their repertoire. With Trama he has recorded two CDs: Trama toca músicas (1993) and Ilusion X (1997). At the same time, he composed music for plays and films and dedicated to teaching. Through all this path Claudio Ceccoli acquired a surprising expertness in playing his instrument and reached maturity as a composer. All of these are evident in La sonrisa, his last CD edited this year and recorded in the studio Casa Frida. In this Cd Ceccoli goes over a more intimate journey, undertaking Argentine and Rioplatense Popular music through his own compositions and by other composers as “Milonga de mis amores” and “Boedo”, this last one with the accompaniment of Silvio Cattaneo y Felipe Traine in guitars. Another guest is the quena player Raúl Olarte, who uses to play in Jaime Torres band. Without the intention of talking about myself –a simple narrator- I´d like now to confess that although the pure curiosity leaded me to listen to “La sonrisa” I couldn´t stop listening it until it was finished. There isn´t any excess of notes or chords. There isn´t any intention to dazzle through possible virtuosity eather. Each measure is disposed as a piece of an exquisite and unique puzzle. The delicateness, the proper use of rests, the plain melodies that remind us familiar places even though they are universal. That makes us feel the same feelings to men and women of different ages or nationalities. Those are the things that make us to be equals and we use to forget: La sonrisa (The Smile)

1- "...a plot is something prepared with ability and until with trickery, and that is much relevant, when these lines mean musical conduct, when the study, the ability the youth, the capacity and the talent (are) worked near a complete information on the 'what' and the 'how' of the music without untruthful hierarchies, is achieved - now yes - to discover to this group PLOT, so enabled to TOUCH MUSIC, in a demonstration of the fact that still it can be faced our Argentine popular music with an original approach."
(EDUARDO LAGOS, pianist and argentine composer, 1993, commentary for the internal cover of the 'TRAMA's CD "PLAYS MUSICS").

2- "...out of any commercial search, but with the anxiety of the good arrangements, the mixture of the contemporary composition with the rythms of chacarera, tango or vidala, this instrumental trio us delivery an austere but excellent material (...) (and) without be left of the framework of the tonality, carry out a so modular music you as captivating."
(Magazine THE MUSIQUERO, 1991, about a demo of the group)

3- "...for the restless listens, PLAY MUSICS is a work very interesting, that approaches different argentine popular rythms with an original approach.The trio - that it does not sound to any other 'trio', what in this music is much that to say)-, is divided the basic roles in those which the clarinet is taken charge as a rule of the melodies, and the piano stresses rythms, in addition to collaborating with the guitar in the phrases elaboration, climates and harmonical plots..."
(Magazine THE CONTUMANCIA, 1996, commentary of the CD PLAYS MUSICS)

4- "...plus chamberless that popular, very well played, subtle, good compositions and arrangements, good relationship between written and improvised music..."
(Rodolfo Alchourron, guitarist, composer and musical tutor, 1998, about the CD ' X ILLUSION ').