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I was born in Trivero, Italy in 1969. I started to study electric bass in Milan, with Flavio Piantoni and Enzo lo Greco.I studied double bass, composition and jazz improvisation with Paolino Dalla Porta, I studied Jazz double bass at Oporto University (Portugal) and I got my degree in 2006 and the Master in 2011. I started my professional activity as a musician in 1990, in different clubs in the North of Italy. I played in Dubai with Four Winds Quartet and also worked with the American singer Trisha Smith. In March 1996 I participated in the young musician Jazz contest in Krakow (Poland) and at the same year, I recorded with the group Consorzio Acqua Potabile . Since June 1996 I'm living and working in Portugal with different groups and artists such as: Ficcoes, Laurent Filipe, Melissa Walker, Fernando Tordo, Amelia Muge, Jacinta & Michael Bluestein, Ala dos Namorados, Joel Xavier, Filipe Melo, Politonia etc. In 1997 I participated at the jazz workshop jazz em Agosto directed by Phil Markowitz, Ed Neumeister and Arnie Lawrence. In 2000 participated at Double Bass master class conducted by William Parker. In 2003 I participated at master class oriented by Peter Erskine. I played In Avignon (France) and Oeiras Jazz Fest with the Ruben Alves Quintet, Porto 2001 Festival, Culturgest, Vigo (Spain) Music Fest with Laurent Filipe; 6 Matosinhos Jazz, Aula Magna, 2 Curitiba (Brazil) Jazz Fest and 7 sois 7 luas Music Festival with Ficcoes, Sintra As Grandes Damas do Jazz, Gaia Blues Festival, Aveiro 2003 Music Fest with Jacinta, 2003 Lagoa Jazz Festival with Melissa Walker and Antonio Palma Trio, Festival Il Portogallo Catania (Italy) with Amelia Muge. 9 Festival Jazz aux Oudayas (Moroccos) with guitarist Joel Xavier. Mafra Cultural Summer 2004 with Joel Xavier and Didier Lockwood, 4 Portalegre Jazz Fest with Ficcoes, 17th Macao Arts Festival with Ala dos Namorados and The Chinese Macao Orquestra. CompoJazz 2007 with Ficções, French-Portuguese Institute and OndaJazz Club with Jean Pierre Como Quartet. I teach Jazz Double Bass, eléctric bass and Jazz ensemble at the JB Jazz School, Escola de Jazz do Barreiro and Hot Clube de Portugal. Currently I play with Susana Félix, Alex Diniz quartet, Laurent Filipe Song Band and Project Rua da Saudade and working in my solo project. I play exclusively Jp Custom Guitars Basses and I use only Ashdown Amps and Speakers.
- Selected Discography: - 2010: - Anabela, Nós, iPlay. - 2009: - Rua da Saudade, canções de Ary dos Santos, FarolMusica. - 2008: - Alexandre Diniz Quarteto, Alba. - 2007: - Mafalda Veiga e João Pedro Pais, Lado a Lado, Valentim de Carvalho / Som Livre. - 2007: - Ala dos Namorados, Mentiroso Normal, Universal. - 2004: - Politonia, Periférico, Edição de Autor. - Mafalda Sacchetti, Imprevisível, Giza. - 2003: - Laurent Filipe Presents Jacinta: A Tribute to Bessie Smith, EMI / Blue Note. - 2001: - António Mardel, Ride On, Strauss. - 2000: - Jorge Goes, Contra a Corrente, Ovação. - 1999: - Sílvia Nazario, Tupi Mata Verde, Edição de Autor. - Politonia, Lisboa, Upbeat Records. - 1998: - Ernesto Leite & A.M.C., Realidades, Numérica. - Maria Viana, Espírito do Tempo, Mega Música. - Em 1995: - Eyewitness, A Tribute to VdGG, Mellow Records. www.massimocavalli.com