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Filippo Bonaccorso

Starting out on piano and drums, Filippo Bonaccorso gradually moved from being self-taught at a young age to attending several prestigious music schools, where he had the opportunity to study with teachers such as Agostino Marangolo, Giuseppe Urso and Giovanni Renzo for a basic foundation in jazz. He also attended many clinics (e.g. Giulio Capiozzo, John Scofield) and seminars (Roccella Jonica, Berklee-Perugia, Siena, Nuoro, Avigliana), where he honed his individual drumming technique with Eric Echampard, Ron Savage, Tyshawn Sorey and Ettore Fioravanti. He also studied new techniques in collaborative improvisation with Claudio Lugo, theory and analysis of harmonic improvisation with Larry Monroe, and atonal composition and improvisation with George Garzone. All the while, he also focused on increasing his skills and relationships with other musicians in both small and large ensembles. He was engaged as a drummer for the “Messina Jazz Orchestra” directed by Giovanni Renzo, as well as for the “Jazz Workshop” directed by Salvatore Bonafede, where he studied and played with Kenny Wheeler. He received the degree of “Theory and Solfeggio” at Vibo Valentia Academy of Music. Since 1996 he has been an active gigging musician involved in various projects such as “Crossroads”, “Fata Morgana Ottestra”, “Controtrio”, and “E(c)lectric Band”. Together with pianist Luciano Troja, he founded and has been coordinating the “Pannonica Jazz Workshop” in Messina (Italy) for the study and development of jazz and experimental music. Over the years, the Pannonica Jazz Workshop has had the opportunity on several occasions to produce concerts with numerous ensembles for the “Filarmonica Laudamo Musical Association”, one of the oldest and most respected concert associations in Italy. Among these projects have been concerts featuring the music of several great American composers including a concert dedicated to Billy Strayhorn on the occasion of his birthday centenary, which garnered an official mention by the dedicated US Centennial Honorary Committee. Subsequent concerts have been dedicated to Fred Hersch (including his complete “Songs Without Words”, specifically arranged for the ensemble), Earl Zindars, Leonard Bernstein e Louis Armstrong. Since 2016 he has been performing with the “Filarmonica Laudamo Creative Orchestra”, which has alternately been under the direction of Salvatore Bonafede, Roberta Giuffrida, Dave Burrell, Blaise Siwula, Rocco John Iacovone, Karl Berger, Adam Rudolph e Marco Cappelli. He also continues to work as a composer and as a teacher of individual drumming courses and collective workshops for jazz musicians. In April 2020, his debut album “Enigmatica”, which is a collection of his own compositions, was released by Got Groove Records.



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Enigmatica

Got Groove Records
2020

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La danza di Akil (East market)

From: Enigmatica
By Filippo Bonaccorso

Il lago di Ikahti

From: Enigmatica
By Filippo Bonaccorso

Cinque cilindri

From: Enigmatica
By Filippo Bonaccorso

Twist (rubato)

From: Enigmatica
By Filippo Bonaccorso

Twist

From: Enigmatica
By Filippo Bonaccorso

Piccole orme

From: Enigmatica
By Filippo Bonaccorso

Oltremodo

From: Enigmatica
By Filippo Bonaccorso

Cinque cilindri

From: Enigmatica
By Filippo Bonaccorso

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