ritmo afinado is an Italian-Polish-Latin American musical merger, which is about intellect as much as sensuality and style. The musical link between Italy and Brazil, goes back of many years to Italian romantic songs similar melodically to the ancestors of samba.
Among our major influences you can find bossa nova (J.Gilberto, A.C.Jobim, Irio de Paula), Italian contemporary jazz (F.Bosso, E.Rava, E.Pieranunzi, F.Cerri), Italian singers (S.Cammariere, B.Martino, G.Paoli), international jazz (C.Botti, M.Franks, E.Klugh).
By Tomasz Pierchala, managing director and owner of 12/14 Jazz Club Warsaw (PL), awarded as best Jazz Club in Poland in 2016
"Beautiful and sunny Italian songs, interpreted in jazz style by Ritmo Afinado, definitely won yesterday with Polish capricious weather, gathering a large audience in the fully sold-out 12/14 Club in Warsaw (PL). The unforgettable evening was graced by hot rhythms, great songs (such as the stunning "Ritmo e Parole" or the famous "Estate"), the stylish workmanship and excellent contact with the audience of the band leader Francesco Chiarini - the guitarist with a lyrical voice. Francesco Chiarini, the only Italian jazz musician living in Poland, created a memorable event and moved the languorous audience towards the wonderful Italian dolce vita. The performance of Ritmo Afinado was rewarded with thunderous and prolonged applause ending with encore."
“Sophisticated arrangements, multi-colored harmony, exciting rhythm.
I will listen to ritmo afinado’s music with a lot of commitment!”
Yujiro Nakajima, bossa nova guitar master, Brazil
"The band created an unforgettable and unique Italian atmosphere, we are impressed by your talent, professionalism and wonderful musical arrangements. Your concert was an extraordinary and unforgettable artistic experience."
Elzbieta Renzetti, President of the Polish-Italian Society, Poland
Francesco Chiarini [guitar, voice]
Francesco Chiarini is an Italian guitarist and vocalist, founder of the Italian-Polish-Latin American band "ritmo afinado". He started playing classical guitars at the age of seven in his home town, Piacenza. To this day, he has had the pleasure to collaborate with worldwide known musicians: Frank Gambale (guitarist of Chick Corea), Fausto Beccalossi (accordionist of Al di Meola), Paulinho Garcia (guitarist of Toots Thielemans) and Robertinho de Paula (son of the legendary bossa nova composer Irio de Paula).
Among the most important stage achievements, Francesco has collected the final place in the prestigious jazz competition "Nicola Arigliano" in Lecce (Italy), has played at Radio Zet Chilli (a main jazz station in Poland) invited by Rafał Bryndal himself, as well as being appraised by Toto Cutugno (the Italian music star) for a jazz interpretation of L’Italiano.
Francesco has performed in front of thousand people on multiple occasions both in Poland and Italy and enjoys playing during prestigious music events, including cooperating with the Italian Institute of Culture and the Italian Embassy.
"I think being a performer and creator is not only a profession, it is definitely more...
It's the ability to arouse emotions through one’s own passion for music and feelings.
Our listeners love Italian hits but they look for something
significantly more sophisticated than just an easily digestible, finished product."
Pancho Campos [drums, percussions]
Full of energy, rhythm, and sensuality professional musician from Latin America, alumnus of the prestigious Universidad de la Musica G. Martell in Mexico City, he started playing clubs in Veracruz in the early 2000s. He played with Altavoz, Riddel Band and Koctail simultaneously working as a session drummer. Founder of Sweet Emotion. He continues his music career in Poland as a studio and live session player.
Marcin Cichocki [pian, rhodes, keyboards]
Well known in the Polish jazz scene for his creativity and passion for old school vibes. He is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin State Primary and Secondary Music School in Olsztyn in the classical piano class, the Henryk Majewski State Jazz School in Warsaw in the jazz piano class and the Music Academy in the Jazz and Stage Music Department in the piano class. Winner of awards at festivals and competitions with many ensembles, he has recently also been working solo, which resulted in, among others, to gain the 1st place in the 6th National Competition for Popular Music Pianists and Hammond Artists in Warsaw in 2011.
Lucas Jerzykowski [bass]
Incredibly extrovert, fun and creative bass player, improvising on funky bass-lines as well as old-school jazz. Graduated bass player from Stanisław Moniuszki in Łódź at the Instrumental Department in the guitar and double bass class.
He gave concerts and appeared on stages throughout Poland and abroad (Hungary, Cyprus, Italy, Germany) and appeared, among others, as an episode and recorded guitar parts as a musician in the film "IDA" by Paweł Pawlikowski.
Winner -amongst others- of the best bass player of the Widzewska Jesień Muzyczna festival.
Lucas as a universal musician finds himself perfectly in every musical style. He performed as a double bass player in symphonic and string orchestras, bassist in the Łódź big band, as well as gospel music, willingly invited by instructors from Great Britain to participate in gospel workshops in Poland. Guitarist and bassist in bands of recognized actors - Joanna Kulig and Artur Gotz.
Damian Marat [trumpet, flugelhorn]
One of the smoothest trumpet players on the jazz scene, delivering a Chris Botti-alike sound which perfectly fits to ritmo afinado's style.
Winner of several festivals, young talent, passionate about music from the first seconds of life. Damian cooperates with the best orchestras both in Poland and Germany. He has participated in many concerts of different kinds of music mainly under jazz influences. He has performed in the country and abroad with many leading Polish jazzmen.
Special Guest: Tomas Celis Sanchez [congas, latin percussions]
A master of subtle sounds from instruments that we often do not know about. Udu, djembe, rain stick, congo and dozens of original sound production equipment: bells, shells, sticks and others are the magical world of Tomas music.
Born in Mexico, Thomas Celis Sanchez graduated from the double bass school of the Ciudad de México Music Academy. However, he pursues his musical career as a percussionist. He has lived in Cracow for nearly 20 years. He is an extremely valued sideman, and his genius is appreciated by the greatest musicians in Poland and abroad. He cooperated among others with Ewa Uryga, Krzysztof Ścierański, Anna Maria Jopek, Justyna Steczkowska, Ewa Bem, Olga Turkiewicz and Raz Two Trzy. He is invited to participate in the most important European jazz festivals. The Ingolstadt Jazz Tage, International Jazz & Blues Festival, Kikinda in Serbia. He gave concerts during the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary and at the Polish Institute in Leipzig. In 2013 he performed twice at the Independence Concerto: at the Warsaw Uprising Museum and at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
Special Guest: Kamil Kucharczyk [keyboards, electronics]
A very delicate and sensitive piano player, lover of ambient and chill-out styles, equipped with modern sounds and surprisingly strong on Cuban and Latino style piano-playing. Kamil graduated from the Music School in Warsaw in the piano class of Marcin Małecki.
From an early age, he is passionate about music, faithful to his principles for years. Producer, composer, arranger, pianist, hobbyist as well as bassist. He has been involved in electronic and club music for 20 years. Coordinator and music arranger in multimedia events. He cooperated with, among others Krzesimir Dębski, Kamil Radzimowski, Marcin Czyżewski, Mili Morena y su Clave, Ray Ceballo, Magda Navarette, Noche De Boleros, The Stars Cover Band.