21.07.2017 – Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul

Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul


Lisa “Sister” Hunt > voice
Paolo Diotti > piano & musical director
Javier Eduardo Maffei > sax & vocals
Nick Valente > guitar & vocals
Simone Francioni > bass & vocals
Nicola Valtancoli > drummer & vocals

Lisa Hunt and her band will bring you, with Forever Soul, a sweet night of music playing the best of Motown, Soul, Rhythm & Blues and Funk.

Lisa Hunt began singing in that great African American tradition, the gospel church, there was laid the foundation of her soulful singing style. After studying voice at The City College of New York, she debuted with the album ‘A Little Piece Of Magic’ for Universal/Polydor; after that many other albums and singles (including “Music Makes Me Free”) were recorded. Lisa has had songs on numerous compilations, she has sung in concerts all over the world, both as a vocalist and as a songwriter singer, and has worked with world-wide known artists, such as Pavarotti, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Joe Cocker, Bocelli and Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari. Lisa has alsp performed in many musicals and has also signed the production of a couple of musicals.

The composer, arranger, and pianist Paolo Diotti started studying piano at 5, in the years he attended the Politecnico di Milano and the music school set up by Mogol where he obtained two scholarships.
He has collaborated for many years as arranger and composer for prestigious projects including works by Allan Goldberg, Marco Brusati, for the “Hope music” project with the participation of Bob Dylan, Lucio Dalla, Andrea Bocelli, Gianni Morandi, Michel Petrucciani for many other artists. His live music activities are intense both with Italian and international musicians and bands.

Singer, author and pop-blues guitarist, Nik Valente loves to combine his passion for blues with an “Italian instinctive rock”, researching a fresh and news sound.
His playing style is a blend of influences: from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Jeff Beck, from electric guitar to acoustics.
In love with the blues sounds, he shared Italian and European stages with Lisa “Sister” Hunt, Andy J. Forest, Cheryl Porter, Randy Cohen. He has collaborated with Alexia, Antonino, Paolo Belli, Zucchero, Noemi and other singers and artists of the Italian and international music scene.
Something different, his first EP of original songs with lyrics and compositions written entirely by him was recorded in April 2015 and in June he won the Critical Prize at the VicenzaNetMusic contest with “Sitting on the volcano”, selected by Eugenio Finardi, with whom he played live during the awards ceremony. In May 2017 he recorded “The sound of the world” which anticipates the release of the full album, previewed for the end of the year.

Bass player Simone Francione studied at the Conservatorio B. Maderna in Cesena. He has collaborated with Ian Paice, Ricky Portera and Filippo Tirincanti.

Javier Eduardo Maffei, one of the bes saxophonists in Italy, plays, composes and arranges music.
He chose his first (blue plastic!) saxophone at the age of four, and from there on it was a crescendo: he graduated in saxophone at the Conservatorio Gioacchino Rossini in Pesaro, he collaborated with Cesare Cremonini at Verona Arena and during two tours, with director Gustav Kuhn, Mogol, Fabrizio Bosso, Dennis Chambers, Frank McComb, Fred Wesley, Lee Pearson, Alfredo Golino and many others. He has performed several national and international concerts, has recorded several pieces and teaches saxophone.

Although young, drummer and percussionist Nicola Valtancoli who studied at the Music Academy in Bologna has already had many national collaborations.


July 21 2017 – Program – Terme Preistoriche, Montegrotto Terme (PD)

7.00 pm Entrance
8.00 pm Cocktail by the Chalet hot spring swimming pools
8.30 pm Buffet dinner in the park
10.00 pm Concert “Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul”
Access to the concert and pool or only to the concert is also available.
For the dinner, booking is required.
Thanks to the renewed collaboration with Strada del Vino Colli Euganei, the canteen La Roccola will give us a taste of its wines.