Mari is an explosive and sensual combination of Jazz and Latin flavor. She is a passionate, naturally gifted vocalist and songwriter who comes from a creative Latin and Jazz background and has worked with very well known names of the music business.
Mari starts to sing and act professionally as a child performing as an opening act for Italian star Amedeo Minghi. She is hired for her first national tour at the age of fourteen. One year later, she starts serious opera training with a maestro of the San Carlo Theatre of Naples; she later continues her classical education attending the Music Conservatory for three years. At the same time she cultivates her interest in popular music, studying jazz technique and performing live for years both as a background vocalist as well as a solo artist. Her versatility leads her to express her acting talent in classical theatre and to a steady career as a host of many TV shows. Soon RCA notices her and hires her to work in Milan on Latin pop recording projects, which appeared numerous times on the billboard. Her great interest for World Music and Jazz encouraged her to move to New York where her ability as a songwriter creates her own original band (Passion Latina) and where she performs with several R&B, Pop and Salsa bands like the "Latin All Stars", "E. Breton Salsa ensemble" and members of the "Chico O’Farrell Orchestra" to name a few.
She enriches her musical experience performing and learning from true legends of the Latin Jazz scene like Celia Cruz, Mario Rivera, Paquito di Rivera, Dave Valentin, and many others.
She also works with several NY producers as a singer and a songwriter, among which Jeanne Ricks (Aretha Franklyn) and Arturo Ortiz (Ricky Martin).
Mari's talent and versatility earns her a respected acting career as well. She becomes a member of the Screen Actors Guild and she performs in New York as a lead actress on some TV Shows and movies among which "Hitch" with Will Smith, as well as commercials for Sony. She also acquires extensive experience as a voice over and works for several major video and audio projects with Random House, Living Language and many others.
Mari is one of the few singers who can sing in five languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French. She always shows a great versatility and stage presence. She has recently performed in Brazil with world known musicians currently touring with names like Djavan and Ivan Lins. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she performs with her exciting and sophisticated World/Jazz band "Nobresil" and her sensual acoustic Latin-pop band "Alma Latina". Her events are often promoted by major radios like the WAVE Smooth Jazz or K-Jazz. Latin Grammy awarded, Brazilian bass player Leo Nobre (Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Shakira) is currently the musical director of her band Nobresil. Mari has recently released her captivating and irresistible CD "Nobresil- In Brazil" arranged by twice Grammy nominated musician and composer Jovino Santo Netos. She is currently planning an amazing World tour with Nobresil and releasing her new promo CD "Alma Latina" in Spanish with the special participation of breath taking guitar player Dan Sistos and spectacular Argentinean pianist Pablo Medina. She is currently writing new original songs for Nobresil's next CD and she is gathering the best musicians on the scene. Nobresil CD release party was such a success that the prestigious Smooth Jazz Magazine offered to officially sponsor and feature the band. Nobresil's first CD "In Brazil"is now played on 750 radio throughout United States as well as in Central Europe and in Italy. The band was recently the headliner performer for the opening night of the famous Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival sharing the stage with star Bebel Gilberto who opened the show for Nobresil!