fil rouge quintet

Line up

  • Ettore Bonafè (drums and percussions )
  • Manuela Iori (Piano)
  • Maria Teresa Leonetti (vocals)
  • Michele Staino (double-bass)
  • Nicola Cellai (trumpet)


The Fil Rouge project was born in 2015 and it rises from the intense understanding between two women, the singer and the pianist, who translate into words and music their melancholic mood, at the same time full of energy and dynamic. The incisiveness of the trumpet, the regular rhythms of the drums and the intensity of the double bass color and fill the sound.

The first album “L’inconnue”, the unknown in every one of us, published in spring 2016, received a good feedback in Italian press (La Repubblica, La Nazione, Corriere Fiorentino).

Their music touches the most diverse sounds, timbres and colors: Mediterranean melodies with Arabic and Maghreb echoes. Latin rhythms of Bossanova and tango permeated with underground influences tied to funk and hip-hop not least blues and swing.

The songs are predominately written in French, the language of the soul of the singer. They speak about the Alsatian Countryside, about people met during a one-year journey; they speak about complicated lives and friendships developed in a Winter-time Strasbourg, a city radiated by a light, white like snow. The songs speak about painful relationships, life beyond illness and oblivion. Not least, foggy atmospheres along the Senna, evoked by Jean Gabin’s film o by Maupassant short stories.