Born and raised in Rome, Flavio spent his early twenties in a creative and inspiring environment. At the age of 19 he made several appearances at the renowned Casa del Jazz in Rome, singing some songs by his all time Motown idols.

Aiming to dig into jazz and improvisation, he entered S.Cecilia Conservatory of Rome, mentored by the great Maria Pia de Vito, which he still mentions today as a “primary source of inspiration”. 

After one year of life in Berlin, Flavio moved to Brussels at the age of 23, aiming to finish his jazz studies (David Linx, Diederik Wissels) and find his own sound through international collaborations. Flavio’s time in Brussels has also drawn him into a network of like-minded individuals, forming friendships that have spawned many professional collaborations (Dinant Jazz Festival, Mithra Jazz). 

In 2020, his first studio album entitled ‘Nascente’ (published as Flavio Spampinato) gathered strong support from Italy and Belgium, coaxing Flavio to keep living between the two countries. 

Published by Alfa Music, the album proved he was much more than a vocalist, but also a remarkable composer and arranger ready to leave his mark. Acclaimed by the likes of different jazz magazines (Jazz It, A Proposito di Jazz, Jazz Halo), he went on touring in Belgium with ‘Nascente’. 

2021 welcomed his current stage name, Flavio Rio, and quite a change of his sound with the release of self-produced single ‘Brother’, a soul-searching down-tempo song witnessing new personal awarenesses. 

Later in 2022, Flavio Rio will release his new self-produced EP ‘False Lights’. It includes five brand-new songs, and is overtly inspired by the world of (dis)illusions, with many of the album lyrics exploring a falsified perception of reality and how it affects our feelings and personal growth.