Jumbo Gumbo is a musical project that was born in Rome in 2014, from the meeting between Massimo Bevilacqua (vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar, stomp box), Ariel Di Castro (electric guitar, choirs), and Doriana Violi (vocals, tambourine, kazoo).
Strengthened by their previous personal experiences, the three decide to merge their instruments and their passion in the service of the music that so much keeps them together, the Blues and the Rock and Roll; suddenly the live music work becomes intense, to the point they became frequently visitors of the most important Romans and Italians stages; but, at the same time, the real musical breakthrough happened at the beginning of 2015 when the three launch into a large and ambitious project that will lead them, to date, to be a significant presence in the scene of musical entertainment for ceremonies, private events, inaugurations, and above all weddings. To date, their music has played a leading role in the union of many dozens of people who asked for their presence and their music for their most beautiful day, going from a soft accompaniment for an aperitif, to a wild dancing party, bringing the Jumbo Gumbo to be an affirmed and recognized reality in the Music for Events scene.
Ariel Di Castro
electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide, backing vocals
voice, kazoo, tambourine
acoustic guitar, harp, stomp box, backing vocals
Gianluca Giannasso - Drums
Alessandra Scirdi - Backing vocals
Costanza Cruillas - Bass
Lino Muoio - Mandolin
Sara Berni - Singer
Daniele Bazzani - Acoustic Guitar
Some of my songs have been used for commercials, theater shows and documentaries, including one from the well known "Istituto Luce"; in 2018 I arranged the Andrea Valeri's Eurorchestra, a 30 pieces complete band that debuted in September, same year, at the Teatro Verdi in Casciana Terme. I wrote 9 didactic methods for Fingerstyle guitar that has been published by Fingerpicking.net, I still work with “Chitarra Acustica" magazine and, for 10 years, I worked at magazine "Chitarre" while I was endorser of Elixir strings. In 2014 I started my project, of which one I am still the artistic director, about the music school "ScuolacusticA", focused on the study and the tecniques of fingerstyle guitar, with many different locations all over Italy.
Luiza Constantin - Singer
I was born in a family where music was breathed everyday,and that's how my voice comes out, with a deep, rough, crisp and melancholy tone, but always with an emotion that comes out naturally, even from the most casual vocal emission, and arrives to the listener as words that are sometimes reassuring, sometimes languid, sometimes dramatic. I participated at TV shows The Voice and Tu Si Que Vales, collecting the congratulations of the anchomen Gerry Scotti, Paolo Bonolis, and Maria de Filippi; I recently recorded a song used like as the title track of the soundtrack of the fiction “La porta rossa” aired on RAI. My next future includes participation in The Voice Romania and my record debut with unreleased Italian songs.
Valentina Tramacere - Singer
Emiliano Begni - Piano
Maddalena Amorosi - Caricaturist and Illustrator
I truly believe my characters need to have a personality in order to convey a story ,which can bring to mind feelings and memories to the observer of the drawing!
All my artworks are developed following a traditional technique on semiruvid sheets that give watercolor, pastels and colored pens a visually more refined and warm texture.
Tommaso Costantini - Saxophone
years and I began just for fun in the music band of my town, then I choose to undertake the
academic studies to make music for living. I attended the University of Music in Rome for 4
years with a jazz background, then I graduated in conservatory in classical saxophone. In addition to playing the sax I have always had another great passion, the DJ one! This is my strong point, putting together the two jobs into one person, so I am be able to satisfy every kind of request from the customer. From a musical point of view, I am avery versatile saxophonist ranging from pop to jazz, blues, funky, to disco music with sax. I worked at many private events, and thanks to that I have now a long set list which allows me to always find the right sound for any situation.
Riccardo Morsilli - Violin
I collaborated with important artists, from Barry White to Roby Facchinetti and last June I have performed at the "Infiorata di Genzano"
I currently work mainly performing at events, parties, ceremonies.
Daniel Myskiv - Violin
I moved to Italy in 2011 and enrolled at the Conservatory "Licinio Refice" of Frosinone in the solo violin course within the two-year specialization, where I graduated with the highest grade, and today I attend the course of High Specialization in Music from the Chamber at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. I have played in many orchestras, under the guidance of Jeffrey Tate, Saulius Sondeckis, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Nicola Piovani, Salvatore Accardo, Ramin Bahrami and I have participated at many national and international concerts and festivals, playing from the classical to the romantic repertoire up to the contemporary one, solo and chamber music.
Valentina Del Re - Violin
I worked with: Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta, Orchestra of Roma Tre, Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento, Orchestra Notturna Clandestina, and I have played conducted by Ennio Morricone, Luigi Piovano, Sir Antonio Pappano, Giovanni Sollima. I have played at many concerts in chamber formations, from classical music to jazz, and many festivals too, including Umbria Jazz. I am the president of the Cultural Association Controtempo (Frosinone), dealing with musical activities such as seasons of chamber music and Masterclasses of High Musical Specialization.
Livia De Romanis - Cello & Viola
In 2012 I entered the Academy of Santa Cecilia for the course of Higher Education for chamber music, graduating after 3 years. I participated in important festivals (Mantova Chamber Music, Lucca) winning first prize at the Melos, O. Stillo di Paola, Mercato San Severino, Cava de Tirreni competitions.
Andrea Pellegrini - Guitar
I started studying music with many teachers including Michelangelo Piperno and Marco Manusso.
As an acoustic and electric guitar player, I made my first steps on pop rock and then I landed in the blues which becomes my passion. Over the years I have worked with artists such as Mario Donatone, Massimo Bevilacqua, Barbara Diab (Canada), Larry Mitchell (USA), Martina Cambi (winner of Castrocaro 2012), Malena di Bello (ARG).
Marco Mazzerioli - Singer
Sound Engineering at University of Music, Speech with Franco Patimo, MIDI with Luca Proietti and Acoustics and Electronics with Riccardo Santimboni.
Work Experience: Songwriter, author and composer for some television and record productions.
Editor of multiple journalistic musical sections such as Listening Guide (Giornale di Ostia), Senti chi Canta (the Tyrrhenian), an On Stage (M-Culture) and others.
Singer of some romans Rock Blues bands like as Seduti Fuori, Mod.107, Blues Alive, Storytellers, Blues For Rent, Camarilli Brilli and others.
Vocal coach in couple of private music schools.
Stefano Scartocci - Piano
I have a long experience in the teaching field, actually I work as a pianist-singer in some prestigious hotels in Rome, including Hilton since 1990 and Eden since 1995. I also have experience in musictherapy, having graduated on it in 1995.
Salvatore Leggieri - Drums
Bruno Falanga and in Percussion Instruments with Maestro Antonio Santangelo, graduated too at the "Santa Cecilia" Conservatory of Rome in Composition and Arrangement in Jazz Music under the direction of Maestro Bruno Tommaso and Maestro Paolo Damiani, graduated in Electronic Music with the top marks with Maestro Riccardo Bianchini and Maestro Giorgio Nottoli.
For over 10 years I have been the drummer of M ° Renato Carosone on world tour, working in Italy and Japan with Nini Rosso, Renzo Arbore and with Lionel Hampton.
Recently I worked with national and international artists such as James Taylor, Tony
Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Lucio Dalla, Francesco De Gregori, Fiorella Mannoia, Giorgia, Elisa, Noemi, Luca Carboni, Mango, Giuliano Sangiorgi of the Negramaro, Eugenio Finardi, Nek, Max Gazzè, Alex Britti, Ron, Tiromancino and many others.
For many years I worked with Max Giusti, in the theater and in various broadcasts, as drummer of the super-popular SuperMax program on Rai Radio2.
Numerous tv appearances both in RAI and Mediaset.
Author and composer of original music for the theater, fashion shows, radio and television, actually I perform live and I teach drums and percussion at one of the most important music school in Rome.
Stefano Scoarughi - Bass
In 1993 I was part of the musical group "Fandango", with which I participated at the Sanremo Festival, subsequently I played in the band resident in various television programs, through RAI and Mediaset. In 2010 I joined the Radio Due Band in the "Radio 2 SuperMax" program, directed by Max Giusti and Francesca Zanni, playing with guests like Lucio Dalla, Ron, Giorgia, Fiorella Mannoia, Umberto Tozzi, Raf, James Taylor, Tony Hadley and many others.