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The Untouchables (UK / SG)

Valentina Ciardelli was born in 1989 in the Tuscan Pietrasanta near Lucca of a German mother and Italian father. Initially a pianist like her mother, Valentina started to study double bass graduating with Honours from the "Instituto Musicals L. Boccerini" in Lucca in 2014. She continued her education in London as a "master of performance" at the Royal College of Music until 2016. Ciardelli has won several awards i.a. with the "Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra", the "Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini", the "BBC Symphony Orchestra" and the "Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" in London. She also delivered brilliant performances as a soloist and in smaller ensembles such as "The Girls in the Magnesium Dress" or a project for the music of Giacomo Puccini. At the Prague Double Bass Festival in 2016, Ciardelli's original compositions on "Madame Butterfly" were part of the program. "The music of Frank Zappa, who was absolutely free and composed in a disciplined manner nevertheless, has occupied me since long ago" the arranger and artist says. "Here in London I have found extraordinary and smart musicians with whom I can play such works".

Benjamin Boo was born in 1989 in the Far Eastern city of Singapore as the son of a symphonic musician. Already at the age of three he began his musical education under his father's instructions. At the age of nine, he drummed in the Chinese orchestra of his elementary school and remained faithful to drumming during his further education as a western percussionist. From 2014 to 2015, he was appointed to the BBC Symphony Orchestras Program in London. He completed his studies at the Royal College of Music, which included vibraphone and marimba, with Honours in 2016. Both instruments play an important role in the compositional work of Frank Zappa. Benjamin won the first prize for Marimba Solo in the "Chinese Art Festival Percussion" competition in 2014. In Singapore, he is engaged in diverse multicultural ensembles.

VALENTINA CIARDELLI
String Bass, Double Bass / London

BENJAMIN BOO
Vibraphone, Percussion / Singapur

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