ROBERTO GIAQUINTO

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Roberto Giaquinto

Roberto Giaquinto is a talented musician who has received international awards and boasts of collaborations with the giants of contemporary jazz. Born in Naples, he immediately showed his skills very young, entering the city’s music scene.

Roberto completed his studies with a full scholarship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, after graduating from the Licinio Refice Conservatory.

His passion led him to move to Rome, the city where he continued his studies and expanded his musical knowledge, starting his first European tours. Parallel to his fervent concert activity throughout Europe, Giaquinto completed his Conservatory studies and was shortly thereafter awarded with a scholarship for the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

In Boston he is then chosen to be part of the highly selective Global Jazz Institute program, directed by Grammy-winning pianist Danilo Perez. Giaquinto was immediately appreciated for his musical sensibility, for the originality of his timbre and the fluidity of phrasing on the drums, characteristics that have always allowed him to participate in some of the most important festivals and clubs in the world, including the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Blue Note, the Kennedy Center and many others. Today Roberto is considered one of the leading drummers on the world jazz scene, as he has characterized and created the sound of some important groups that have, thanks to him, come to life and enjoyed great success, including the Mike Bono Group, the Daniel Rotem Trio, the Christian Li Group, the Albino Mbie Project, the Veronika Morscher Band and many others.

Not to be surprised by a drummer of his caliber, whose drumming recalls that of jazz drum giants like Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey and Tony Williams.

Giaquinto besides being a drummer with a fervid creativity and rhythmic power, is also a thriving composer and bandleader. In fact, beyond his activity as sideman, the Neapolitan drummer has formed, three years ago, the Roberto Giaquinto Group and the duo Radio Intro, in collaboration with the pianist Yakir Arbib, creating projects with which he has already toured the world by collecting a large appreciation from music criticism, thanks to its compositional skills. His musical combinations, in fact, are the perfect result of a mix that comes from the encounter of folkloristic and classical Neapolitan-European melodies and the tradition of jazz and American rock.

Perfect examples are his songs “Venn Diagram” and “Late Night, Uneven Surfaces”, where the complexity of form and harmonic structure hides behind deep and nostalgic melodies, comparable to those of the Oscar Ennio Morricone or the more dissonant ones of Ravel and Debussy.

Winner of the Elvin Jones Zildjian Award, Giaquinto, now based in New York City, has collaborated with several musicians including George Garzone, Aaron Parks, Chris Cheek, Dayna Stephens, Gilad Hekselman, Steve Wilson, Troy Roberts, Silvano Monasterios and many others. Giaquinto is also the leader of Roberto Giaquinto Group and co-leader of the Radio Intro duo.