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
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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 ').