Artistic Bio

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Giuseppe was born in Santeramo in Colle (Bari, Italy) in 1983 and started his musical studies on drums at the age of six years old. In 2007 he graduated with full marks and honours from the Italian Conservatory "N. Piccinni" of Bari, in percussion instruments, studying with professor Beniamino Forestiere, who later dedicated a composition for solo marimba to Giuseppe Paradiso. At the conservatory he had the opportunity to study mallets (marimba and vibraphone) and often performed as a mallet player (marimba‐vibraphone); in 2003 he participated as a soloist at the "International Marimba Competition" at the Superior National Conservatory of Paris, one of the most prestigious mallet’s competition in the world, performing in front of a jury of top exponents. At the same conservatory, he studied classical piano for eight years and received the five year Composition Certificate “Compimento Inferiore”, part of the Contemporary and Experimental Composition program.

 

As well as his classical training at the conservatory, he attended several jazz, contemporary music workshops and master classes such as “Siena Jazz” (Italy), “Les journées de la percussion” (Paris, France), "Berklee Summer School at Umbria Jazz" (Italy), where he received a scholarship to attend a full-time program at BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC in Boston (USA). He participated at clinics led by international re-known musicians such as Evelyn Glennie, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Ron Carter, Danilo Perez, Peter Erskine, Antonio Sanchez, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, Victor Mendoza, Massimo Manzi, Ettore Fioravanti amongst others.

 

In 2008 he moved to Boston (United States) to study at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 2011 with Magna Cum Laude in Drums/Performance as a recipient of several scholarships. At Berklee College, he had the opportunity to study with some of the finest musicians and educators in the world such as Ian Froman, Ralph Peterson, Terri Lyne Carlington, John Hazilla, Mark Walker, Ed Saindon, Dave Samuels, Victor Mendoza, Dave Santoro, Jamey Haddad, amongst others.

 

Giuseppe Paradiso

He has performed internationally both as a sideman and leader with several artists, bands and orchestras of different nationalities, covering a wide variety of musical genres and styles, ranging from jazz and world music to pop. To name a few: Orchestra Sinfonica della provincia di Bari, jazz trumpeter Phil Grenadier (John Scofield, Kenny Barron, Steve Swallow), guitarist pioneer David Fiuczynski (Jack Dejohnette, Jo Jo Mayer), 4 times Grammy-award winner and bassist Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D' Rivera), Global Jazz Institute director and saxophonist Marco Pignataro (Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez), jazz bassist John Lockwood (Gary Burton, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard), multi-instrumentalist Stan Strickland (Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann), vibraphonist Victor Mendoza, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, Turkish composer, arranger and pianist Utar Artun, British singer-songwriter William Topley, organist and bassist Vito Di Modugno, accordionist Vince Abbracciante, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Italian artists Mario Rosini e Daniele Sepe, Spanish percussionist and band leader Jorge Perez Gonzalez (Patax), Chinese virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Yazhi Guo, Senegalese griot percussionists Lamine Toure e Paa Seck Diery. 

His performances include multiple festivals, universities and major venues such as the "Panama Jazz Festival" (Panama City, Panama); “Les Journee de la Percussion” (Conservatoire Superieur de Paris, France); “Newport Jazz Festival” (Newport, RI USA); Berklee Performance Center (Boston, MA USA); "Festival Duni" (Matera, Italy); "Festival Paleariza" (Reggio Calabria, Italy); Teatro Piccinni, Stadium San Nicola and Auditorium La Vallisa (Bari, Italy); "Le Giornate Della Percussione" (Conservatorio “G.B.Pergolesi” di Fermo, Italia); Northeastern University and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston (USA); Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, IL USA); International Folk Festival (Boston, MA); Dante Alighiery Society of Boston; The Austrian-­‐Canadian Cultural Centre (Calgary, Canada); Ryles Jazz Club and Regatta Bar (Cambridge, MA); Drom, Something Jazz Club, Shapeshifter Lab, Bitter End (New York City, USA); Gregory’s Jazz Club (Rome, Italy); Ueffilo Jazz Club (Gioia del Colle, Italy), Wally’s Jazz Club and Hard Rock Café of Boston; Pagella Rock (Turin, Italy). 

 

TV appearances and radio programs include: Spanish TVE LA2 “Entre Dos Aguas”- documentary produced by 7 times Latin Grammy Award winner Javier Limón; “Boston Strong” video campaign on NECN (United States); FOX 25 (United States); “The New Edge” radio program on WMBR 88.1FM Cambridge public radio (United States); “L’Italia chiamo`” radio show (Boston, USA), as well as several appearances on Italian different TV channels.

 

Giuseppe Paradiso

Discography: As a band leader, he recorded in 2012 the “Otherness Collection” album with his international band “Meridian 71” based in Boston. The album presents music written, arranged and produced by G. Paradiso. His original work with Meridian 71 is the result of a research into different music styles, traditions and cultures. As a sideman, he has recorded several albums covering a wide diversity of music genres and styles, ranging from Jazz and World music to Pop. To name a few: “Octave” Jazz Revelation Records 2011 - Cettina Donato group; “Crecendo” – Cettina Donato Orchestra (Jazzy Records); “Radici” – Stefano Marchese; with Senegalese griot Paa Seck Diery.
One of his latest releases with the band Neotolia, a world music project, features a collaboration with a roster of worldwide renown artists such as the Armenian percussionist and Grammy-award winner Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Dave Weckl, David Fiuczinsky, Utar Artun, Joey Blake, Yazhi Guo.

 

As an educator, he has taught music and drums for different projects promoted by the Italian association “Linea Azzurra” (Italy), in Massachusetts (USA) for different private schools such as The Music Place (Reading, MA), Commonwealth Music School (Hull, MA), Merry Melody Music Academy (Norwood, MA) and as a private instructor for a large number of students in Italy and Massachusetts (United States).

 

In 2013 he founded the IN MOMENTUM Concert Series at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA (USA), a series based on free improvised and creative music. In Momentum has involved collaborations with a large number of local and international musicians, growing a strong community and a unique environment to enhance freedom in music creation. 

 

AWARDS:

  • at Umbria Jazz 2007 (Perugia, Italy) Berklee Scholarship for a full time program in Boston
  • “Movin’up 2008” GAI – Giovani Artisti Italiani with the support of the Italian Government
  • Berklee International Grant (Berklee College of Music)
  • “James David Harber Award” (Performance Division and Percussion Department of Berklee College of Music)
  • Berklee outstanding scholarship
  • Dean’s list of Berklee College of Music

 

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