Singer and composer, in 1976 she started her concert career as singer and multi-instrumentalist in research groups on ethnic music and classical music in the Mediterranean, Balkan and South American areas.
Since 1980 she has been active in the jazz field at international level, she collaborates with musicians such as John Taylor, Ralph Towner, Rita Marcotulli, Ernst Rejiseger, Enrico Rava, Enrico Pieranunzi, Guinga, Norma Winstone, Steve Swallow, Gianluigi Trovesi, Danilo Rea, Enzo Pietropaoli, Paolo Fresu, Paolo Damiani, Cameron Brown, Ramamani Ramanujan, David Linx, Diederik Wissels , Area, and she performs in special events with musicians like Joe Zawinul, Michael Brecker,Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, Miroslav Vitous, Nguyen-Le, Uri Caine, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Eliot Ziegmund, Steve Turre, Maria Joao, Monica Salmaso, Art Ensemble of Chicago and many others, participating in major international festivals.
Her research on singing and voice covers different fields of action: from the personal elaboration of the Neapolitan language and culture through improvisational music and the encounter with different cultures (the most recent: Brazil by Guinga, Chico Buarque and Ivan Lins), improvisation and electronics, proximity to baroque music, the work on the song form without gender limitations. Since 2007 she has been very active with the Dialektos duo with the British pianist Huw Warren, with whom she recorded two CDs for the Parco della Musica label, playing all around Europe and touring the Far East.
She was the protagonist of the work Diaro dell’assassinata, at the San Carlo Theatre of Naples in April 2014, always with Huw Warren by her side. In 2011 she launched the project Il Pergolese, that she then recorded for the prestigious ECM label, with François Couturier, Anja Lechner, Michele Rabbia, performing in major European festivals and theatres.
In 2016 she performed at the Lyon Opera in a “carte blanche” of 5 projects she directed. The cd Core [coraçao] was presented at the Auditorium in Rome and the Blue Note in Milan, a work of his in Neapolitan versions of songs by Chico Buarque, Egberto Gismonti, with Chico Buarque as guest on two tracks, the arrangements by Roberto Taufic, and the great musicians Huw Warren on the piano, Gabriele Mirabassi on the clarinet, Roberto Rossi on percussion. Even the Large vocal ensemble “Burnogualà” is guest, directed by the same De Vito, who is currently involved in the Moresche project recordings and other inventions
She was Nominated by the American magazine Down Beat among the ten artists of the year in 2001, in the category “Beyond Artist”, together with artists such as Joni Mitchell and Caetano Veloso, in 2008, 2009, 2011 she won the “Top Jazz” , the critical referendum held by the magazine Musica Jazz, and from 2010 to 2018 she won the popular referendum of the magazine JAZZIT, as well as the Musica e Dischi 2012 award for the best international production with her album Mind the Gap.
In 2016, she was awarded with the Career Prize from the association Musica Oggi. She has been a lecturer in Jazz Singing at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory and at Saint Louis Music College in Rome. She currently teaches at the Domenico Cimarosa Conservatory in Avellino. From 2016 to 2018 she was the artistic director of the Jazz section of the Ravello Festival, one of the most prestigious international classical music festivals.