he vocal group Quattrottave was officially formed in 1997, under the direction of Fabio Parmeggiani. After the joint experience of Adriana Mascagni's 'Piccolo Coro di Milano', contact with a cappella music from the United States and the study of contemporary singing led to the construction of a repertoire that ranges from popular music to gospel, from classical polyphony to pop and jazz, with original and signature arrangements.
Quattrottave sings 'a cappella', i.e. without the accompaniment of musical instruments. The voice, or voices, to which the melody is entrusted, are in fact flanked by voices that perform a real 'instrumental' accompaniment (double bass, bass, vocal percussion) imitating the sound of instruments or using syllables, phonemes and rhythmic patterns.
Quattrottave vocal group proposes three different programmes for themed concerts: the Christmas concert "Voices for Christmas", the pop concert-show "24 hours a-day" and the sacred-themed concert "The Way: the road, the way, the path", proposed in evocative locations such as the Teatro Fraschini in Pavia, the Auditorium San Gottardo in Milan, Villa S. Carlo Borromeo in Senago (MI), Villa Delfini in Cavezzo (MO), the Aula del 400 of the University of Pavia, the Basilica S. Salvatore dei Fieschi in Lavagna (GE) and renowned Milanese venues such as Blue Note, C-side and Mama Cafè.
In February 2007, he participated as a guest at the 'Neuro - tecniche di rianimazione collettiva' (Neuro - collective reanimation techniques) event hosted by cabaret artist Sergio Sgrilli at the Teatro delle Erbe in Milan.
In December 2006, the group released its second CD: 'FOURTH CHRISTMAS'.
In May 2006, Quattrottave participated in the review of emerging artists within the Mantova Musica Festival.
In July 2005, he was part of the second edition of the Blue Note Vocal Festival, in Milan.
In December 2004, the group released the CD 'quattrottave'.
In August 2003 he was a guest at the Meeting dell'Amicizia tra i Popoli in Rimini, with the concert '24 hours a-day' as part of the 'MuIsland, l'isola della musica' event. In May 2003, he was the a cappella soundtrack for "Sogno di una notte al chiar di lume", adapted from "Sogno di una notte di mezza estate" by Yorik Spettacoli. In October 2000 he was among the ten finalists of 'Vox Populi', an international a cappella music competition, Saint Poelten, Austria.
From January to March 2000, he organised, in collaboration with music teachers, a cycle of lessons-concerts on vocal music for middle school students in the Lodigiano area. In November 1998, he was selected to participate in the 'Ewiva 98' review, sponsored by the Municipality of Milan, at the Verga Theatre in Milan.
At the basis of Quattrottave's musical research is a passion for creativity; music and singing have always been the most effective and immediate way to express oneself and one's story, seeking its deepest meaning.