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Gioconda Cilio was born in Siracusa in 1964.

She starts singing in 1981, after she meets Stefano Maltese. She begins a musical run that for over twenty years of activity brings her to explore different languages, not only as concern jazz standard’s form, but above all transforming or inventing melodies and vocal rhythms that don’t preclude any stylistic front and don’t have no form limit.Describing-evoking-digging the musical idea introduced from the composition, her song, her way of speaking, the ventricular sounds and the words itself, project, settle and fix labyrinthical forms and sometimes visionary perspectives, but always original and extraordinarily charming.

All this allows her to find an own poetic expression, undoubtedly personal.
She immediately receives unanimous consents, both of public and critics, participating in reviews and in national and international festivals.


In 1982, Gioconda Cilio forms the “Walking Blues Band”, underlining in this way, her propensity towards blues and soul music.
At the same time, she collaborates with the producer Franco G. Forte, taking part in some pieces as singer, let us mention as an example “Prometeo” and “Porte chiuse” (Sartre).
She has also taken part in many radio-television programs (RAI), among which: “A ciascuno la sua Casa Bianca” (1982), “Rivers and Bridges” (1996), “Audiobox” (1998), “Radio Tre Suite” (1997, 1998, 1999).


In 1985, with the “Stefano Maltese Orchestra”, appears her first record, and in 1987 she records her first work as a leader. On the same year she takes part in the creation of the “Open Music Orchestra”, the first Orchestra that gathers musicians of the new jazz, coming from all Italy.
Since 1993 she has been working with the more long-lived Maltese’s orchestra: As Sikilli Ensemble. With this group, Gioconda Cilio performs many concerts and records three appreciated works, but above all she has the possibility to show her own expressive abilities.


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In 1994 a new collaboration with Arrigo Cappelletti and Gianni Coscia, brings her to take an interest in tango and fado as well as in poetry sets to music.
For a RAI production, in 1998, with the “Open Music Orchestra”, she records: “Open Letter to Mingus”, published on CD by the monthly review Musica Jazz.

In “Top Jazz” referendum, she has more than once voted for the categories: “Record of the Year” (“Sombra Del Sur”-Stefano Maltese Orchestra) and “Jazz formation of the Year” (As Sikilli Ensemble, Open Music Orchestra).

She collaborates with some of the greatest musicians of the international scene: Stefano Maltese, Antonello Salis, Antonio Moncada, Riccardo Lay, Pino Minafra, Carlo Actis Dato, Martin Joseph, Keith Tippett, Julie Tippett, Evan Parker, Joëlle Léandre, Arrigo Cappelletti, Gianni Coscia, Umberto Petrin, Marcio Mattos, Claude Deppa, Steve Noble, Marilyn Crispell, Sophia Domancich, Paul Rogers, Arkady Shilkloper among many others..



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For the time being she mainly works in duo with Umberto Petrin or with Fabrizio Puglisi a young pianist of great talent, with her octet “Songs with Strings” which includes the excellent “Bellini Quartet” and with four formations directed by Stefano Maltese: As Sikilli Ensemble, Aka Quintet, Open Music Orchestra and Open Sound Ensemble.