Sometimes things happen for no coincidence. This is the story of MUSICA NUDA, the unconventional duo born from the accidental meeting of Petra Magoni and Ferruccio Spinetti.
In 2003 the pair cross paths for the first time: Petra sings and Ferruccio plays double bass in Aviontravel (he played with them from 1990 to 2006). In that period Petra Magoni plans a mini tour in some of her Tuscany small clubs, with a frien playing guitar for her. But the day of their first concert together, he gets sick. Petra, instead of cancelling the date, asks Ferruccio if he feels like covering for him and he promptly accepts.
The concert is such a success that in the span of few weeks the two members of this “Voice’n’bass” combo put up a full repertoire, made of the songs they love the most, and in half a day they record their first album: “MUSICA NUDA”, in a studio close to Pisa.
MUSICA NUDA spontaneously becomes the name of their project and of the band itself.
The chemical between them is perfectly clear, but neither Petra and Ferruccio themselves would have ever imagined to reach so important goals in such a little time: hundreds of concerts in Italy and abroad, prestigious awards (Targa Tenco 2006, best tour for Mei in Faenza, Les quatre clés de Télérama in France), recognition from fans and medias, tv appearances and radio plays on all main italian and foreign FM stations. It all comes from constant work and commitment from Petra, Ferruccio and all those who believed in this project over the years, but mostly thanks to an original, both cultured and popular, simple yet articulated behind the project MUSICA NUDA.
A bit of jazz, a bit of songwriting, some elements of rock, some punk and the occasional classic vibe. When “music” is “naked” there are no boundaries, the peculiar sound of Petra and Ferruccio flows into every single track and brings them all back to a new life, proving that they are a really eclectic combo.
MUSICA NUDA is a brave project, independent, free, almost a modern version of canto con accompagnamento di basso continuo, in uso nel Rinascimento, and it’s also the art of trace music back to its core and find in its inside the ultimate meaning of any track, classical, jazz, pop or soul.
And there’s something else to tell: Musica Nuda is the art of enjoying the silence in music, a basic and often underrated aspect of it, that leads to the true emotion and underline the value or a lyric, a story, the meaning of every single song, no matter if it’s dramatic, funny, energetic, romantic, sarcastic.
In MUSICA NUDA we have two different yet perfectly complementary artists like Petra Magoni and Ferruccio Spinetti, that face each others musically with complicity and sense of humor that stand for themselves.
A voice (Petra’s) that performs great emotions, a double bass (Ferruccio’s) that becomes orchestra.
With easyness, humbleness, commitment, devotion and deep love for past, present and future music, for the music that’s been forgotten and has to be re-discovered (it’s the case of the successful “Il cammello e il dromedario” by Virgilio Savona).
In 6 years The pair has produced 3 studio albums:
It’s also important to mention “QUAM DILECTA (2006), a sacred music album recorded in the church of San Nicola in Pisa, where Petra used to sing as a child, and “Musica Nuda live à Fip”(2007), a live album recorded at the Auditorium de Radio France in Parigi, in February 2007.
In June 2006 the dvd “Musica Nuda – Live in Paris” went out in stores, including a full concert and a beautiful portrait interview with the two guys.
Taking part to a MUSICA NUDA concert is just like entering a new and unexpected musical and emotional dimension, where the voice of Petra Magoni and the double bass of Ferruccio Spinetti charm the listener, leading him in a world of sounds that he will not want to leave.
The setlist for MUSICA NUDA is composed by new songs from last album “COMPLICI”, some classics and great covers that their audience requests on every live date (Guarda che luna, Il cammello e il dromedario, Come together) and also unreleased tracks like come Tu, forse non essenzialmente tu by Rino Gaetano or Arrivano i cinesi by Bruno Lauzi.
MUSICA NUDA tour never really stopped, Petra Magoni and Ferruccio Spinetti introduced their project in important festivals all over the world, performing on all the main stages in Italy and in the most prestigious international locations like Paris Olympia Theatre and in all main cities like Madrid, Tunisi, Salzburg, New York, Toronto, Pechino, St Petersburg, Quito in Ecuador, in Holland, in Poland and so on.
They’ve been hosted by the Tanz Wuppertal Festival of Pina Bausch and always in Germany they supported Al Jarreau with an amazing response from the audience.
At the meantime Petra performed as The Queen Of The Night in “Il Flauto Magico secondo l’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio”, solo voice in the sacred concerts of Duke Ellington with the Big Band of Rome Auditorium and the Choir of Accademia di Santa Cecilia, while Ferruccio produced together with Giovanni Ceccarelli the album “InventaRio”, a musical connection between Italy and Brazil with the guitar player Dadi Carvalho and many special guests like Petra herself, Pacifico, Marisa Monte and Ivan Lins.
In January 2003 she meets Ferruccio Spinetti (back then double bass player for the Piccola Orchestra Avion Travel) and with him she records the album MUSICA NUDA almost for fun, a record released in 2004 for the label “Storie di Note” and third place prize at the Premio Tenco 2004 for best interpreter.
Bonsai Music releases the album in France, Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg and Switzerland as well, selling 30.000 copies and gains the prestigious FIP sticker and the recognition of the four “clés” of Télerama, for a long time on top of the jazz commercial charts.
In 2004, the combo Mangoni-Spinetti wins the prize “Progetto Speciale” at PIMI (Premio Italiano Musica Indipendente).
In the same year together with actress and singer Monica Demuru they go on stage with the show “AEDI – Sconcerto di canzoni ed epica”.
In 2005 they are guests of the 1st of May Rome concert, with Grande Orchestra Avion Travel.
In 2006 they release the double album “Musica Nuda 2” with prestigious special guests.
With this album they win the Targa Tenco for best interpreters, and in the same year the prize “Best Tour” at M.E.I. in Faenza.
portrait interview with the two guys.
Always in 2006 the dvd “Musica Nuda – Live in Paris” comes out in stores, a French production that witnesses the strong success they reached in that country.
In December same year they release “Quam Dilecta”, a sacred music album, and they go on tour in churches for the festival “Musica dei Cieli”. In 2007 Petra with Monica Demuru, Ares Tavolazzi and Paolo Benvegnù records the album “Cime Domestiche”, a project about traditional mountains songs, reinvented in an unconventinal way.
In the same year 2007 they release “MUSICA NUDA LIVE À FIP”, a live album recorded at the Auditorium de Radio France in Parigi, and in June 2008 “Musica Nuda 55/21” for the prestigious label Blue Note. In autumn Petra gets invited at the Premio Tenco for “Palcoscenico”, a tv show broadasted on Rai2, in which she interviews many colleagues.
Petra and Ferruccio are in the signature tune at the beginning and at the end of the cultural tv show “Gargantua” hosted by Giovanna Zucconi.
In march 2009 Petra and Ferruccio support Al Jarreau in his Germany tour and never really stop travelling the world.
From 2009 to 2011 Petra performs as The Queen Of The Night in “Il Flauto Magico secondo l’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio”, a production of RomaEuropa and Festival di Lyon on stage in the most important italian and foreign theatres (Teatro di Erode Attico in Athens, Carlo Felice on Genova, Teatro d’Opera in Rotterdam, Bahrein Festival, Comunale di Ferrara etc.).
In December 2010 Al Jarreau in person invites them for a duet at the tv show “Concerto di Natale”, broadcasted on Rai 2 on Christmas Night.
From 2003 to date, MUSICA NUDA concerts are over 150 each year, in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Luxemburg, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Russia, Tunisia, USA, China, Ecuador, Israel, Montenegro. Countless the prestigious locations they played in, such as: Teatro San Carlo in Neaples, Olympia Theatre in Paris, Joe’s Pub in New York.
In her carreer Petra collected important collaborations (both on stage and in studio) with Italian and international artists like: Stefano Bollani, Ares Tavolazzi, Al Jarreau, Bojan Z, Erik Truffaz, Paolo Benvegnu’, Antonello Salis, Nicola Stilo, Tetes de Bois, Morgan, Jaques Higelin, Ginevra di Marco, Avion Travel, Les Anarchistes, Massimo Ranieri, Sanseverino.
She starts singing in a treble voices choir and for years she experiences many different vocal groups.
She studies at the Conservatory in Livorno, at the l’Istitituto Pontificio di Musica Sacra in Milan and ancient music with Alan Curtis.
She takes part to workshops given by Bobby McFerrin , Sheila Jordan (improvisation), Tran Quan Hay (canto armonico and difonico), King’s singers (vocal ensemble).
After some experiences in ancient and opera music she switches to rock with a band from Pisa called Senza Freni, joining them for the 1995 edition of Arezzo Wave festival.
She attends the Sanremo Festival twice (in 1996, with the song “E ci sei”; in 1997, with “Voglio un dio”). In the same period she is in many tv shows (Tappeto volante, Aria fresca, In famiglia, Due come noi, Su le mani, etc.), she stars in the theatres tour and in a movie titled “Bagnomaria” of the popular actor Giorgio Panariello, who writes the song “Che natale sei” with her.
Under the nickname of Artepal she works as author and singer in dance music (“Don’t give up” has been the soundtrack for Sasch tv advs for years).
She released two albums under her name, Petra Magoni (1996) and “Mulini a vento” (1997), one album as Sweet Anima (2000) composed by the songs Lucio Battisti wrote in English, and as Aromatic together with Giampaolo Antoni the electro-pop album “Still Alive” (2004).
In 2002, 2003 and 2004 she is in Stefano Bollani and David Riondino work “Cantata dei pastori immobili- Presepe vivente e cantante” with Paolo Benvegnù, Monica Demuru, Mauro Mengali, a project released by Baldini & Castoldi as book and cd album.
Contrabbassista e compositore, ha studiato col Maestro Nicola Buonomo e si e’ diplomato in contrabbasso nel 1994 con il massimo dei voti e la lode.
Dal ‘89 al ‘91 Partecipa ai seminari senesi di musica jazz.
Nel ‘90 Entra a far parte della Piccola Orchestra Avion Travel.
Ha registrato dieci cd per la Sugar, vinto il Festival di Sanremo del 2000, realizzato colonne sonore per films e tenuto concerti in tutt’ Italia ed all’estero.
Dal ‘92 al ‘93 entra a far parte dell’Orchestra Giovanile Italiana di Fiesole.
Direttori: C. M. Giulini, S. Accardo.
Nel ‘93 Entra a far parte dell’Orchestra Giovanile Italiana di jazz. Sotto la guida di Bruno Tommaso e Giancarlo Gazzani.
Dal 1997 al 2004 e dal 2010 e’ docente di basso, contrabbasso e musica d’insieme ai corsi SJU presso la scuola di Siena jazz.
HA insegnato in un corso CEE Musica d’Insieme per il Teatro nel 1998.Ha tenuto varie MASTERCLASS come docente di contrabbasso e basso elettrico.
Dal 2004 al 2008 ha suonato nel nuovo quintetto di Stefano Bollani “I Visionari” suonando in Italia e all’estero(Umbria Jazz, Bergamo Jazz, Melbourne,Vienna,Bruges,Belgrado, Parigi, Rio de Janeiro, San Paolo del Brasile) ed ha registrato 2 cd.
Nel 2003 fonda con Petra Magoni un duo per solo Contrabbasso e Voce che da vita a “Musica Nuda”. Da allora tantissimi concerti tra Italia ,Francia,germania,Spagna,Russia, America,Canada,Ecuador… In tutti questi anni hanno venduto piu di 50.000 copie sommando tutti I cd fatti. Nel 2006 vincono il Premio Tenco 2006 nella categoria interpreti ed il premio MEI come miglior tour. Nel 2008 pubblicano il cd Musica Nuda 55/21 con la BLUE NOTE. Nel mese di marzo del 2009 aprono i concerti del Tour Tedesco di AL JARREAU suonando in sale prestigiose. Nel 2011 pubblicano sempre per la Blue Note il cd “Complici” che viene pubblicato in Italia,Francia, Ausria,Svizzera,Germania e Canada.
Nel 2013 pubblicano il cd Banda Larga”. Il cd e’ registrato con l’apporto di un’intera orchestra sinfonica diretta e arrangiata da Daniele Di Gregorio. Nel 2014 esce il cd “Musica Nuda Live a Tirana”.
Nel 2010 come produttore artistico e contrabbassista da vita al cd InventaRio (etichetta My Favorite Records) con la partecipazione di artisti italiani e brasiliani quail: Giovanni Ceccarelli,Francesco Petreni,Petra Magoni,Pacifico, DADI CARVALHO, MARISA MONTE ed IVAN LINS. IL cd e’ uscito anche in Giappone ed e’ stato scelto come uno tra i migliori cd di word-music prodotti nel 2010.
Nel 2012 sempre come produttore e con la stessa formazione pubblica il cd InventaRio incontra Ivan Lins. Il cd e’ interamente dedicato alla musica di Lins che partecipa come cantante e pianista al progetto e in piu nel cd ci sono tanti ospiti tra cui Fabrizio Bosso, Chico Buarque, Vanessa da Mata, Maria Gadu, Samuele Bersani,Petra Magoni, Maria Pia De Vito, Chiara Civello. Il cd viene candidato ai GRAMMY AWARDS 2014.
Collaborazioni e concerti: Con Mal Waldron, Arto Lindsay, Paolo Fresu, Rita Marcotulli, Stefano Bollani ed altri jazzisti italiani.
Inoltre ha registrato per artisti italiani come Fiorella Mannoia, Samuele Bersani, Gino Paoli, Patty Pravo, Pacifico.