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Gioele Pagliaccia

Gioele Pagliaccia is a drummer and composer born in Marsciano (Perugia) but raised between Italy, Santo Domingo and the United States.

Thanks to his step-dad he started playing percussion at age eight, but quickly switched to drums and taught himself how to play by obsessively practicing over records by Primus, Fela Kuti and John Coltrane. Around that time he also taught himself how to play both the acoustic and electric guitars with wich he composes all kinds of music.

After spending six years between Oregon, New York and San Francisco, he moved to Rome and became part of the city's vibrant scene, playing with Pasquale Innarella, Henry Cook (Either Orchestra, Mulatu Astatke) and Manlio Maresca among others. At age 23 was asked to play with Fugazi’s bass player Joe Lally (also member of The Messthetics, Coriky and Ataxia along with John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) with whom he still plays whenever possible.

Beside leading his own bands such as “IL DUO feat. Will Bernard” and the Eric Dolphy tribute “Aut To Lunch”, he is an accomplished session musician and toured Europe and recorded legendary Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids last album SHAMAN! on Strut Records.

He's been teaching the art of playing the drums to kids and adults for over 20 years both privately and in Schools. In more recent times he started incorporating into the programs various percussion instruments from around the world such as congas, bongos and frame drums like the indian Kanjira and the traditional Italian frame drums used for “Pizzica”, and “Tarantella”. In addition he conducts seminars for “found percussion” called TUTTO SUONA in which he teach the participants a series of rhythmic patterns to be played on objects from everyday life such as sinks, wine barrels, wood logs, wheel rims, pots, pans and more. This opens up a whole new sonic world and makes people aware that “incredible music can be made without spending a lot of money” therefore making his students environmentally responsible and empowered in all sorts of ways.

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Intermediate to advanced


I've been regularly teaching the art of playing the drums to kids and adults for the last 20 years. In more recent times I started incorporating into my program percussions from around the world such as congas, bongos and various frame drums like the Indian Kanjira and the traditional Italian frame drum used for "Pizzica", and "Tarantella" . I found the south Indian method for learning rhythms "Konnakol" to be a wonderful tool for students to internalize rhythms & patterns, although I use all kinds of old school and modern strategies to help my students get to the next level

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