Maria Pia de Vito – Voice
Huw Warren- Piano
An exciting combination of original music,improvisations and haunting songs. Mixing a telepathic sense of interaction with an even greater sense of fun and adventure; the poetry of the Neapolitan dialect makes this project an unique duo on the World jazz stage. They have recorded 2 albums on the Parco Della Musica label Dialektos (with Gabriele Mirabassi) and O Pata Pata (with Ralph Towner).
Huw Warren’s ‘And the kitchen sink’ set the remarkably high benchmark which was thrillingly sustained throughout the entire set. Employing scat, vocalese and a wild improvisational freedom, De Vito demonstrated why she’s one of the most versatile vocalists around. Composed by Italian pianist Rita Marcotulli, Warren’s muscular block chords in the Brazilian-infused ‘Miguilim’ provided the perfect foil for De Vito’s increasingly virtuosic flights of fancy. The song’s extraordinary centrepiece saw Warren beating out a primal rhythm on the piano’s strings and body. Throughout the album’s title track – a rich farrago of sounds, moods and emotions – De Vito was incredible to watch, gesticulating every movement of the melodic line with her hand as if conjuring spirits. Warren’s ‘Whistling rufus’ was a dazzling game that juxtaposed chunky Stravinskian ostinatos in the piano with skittering melodic unisons. In a magical encore, De Vito (who doubled here on the mbira) sang each word as if she was digging it out of the ground, such was its granitic power. ” – Jazzwise