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Gioele Pagliaccia

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

Thanks to his step-dad he started playing percussion at age 8 but switched to drums three years later, teaching himself how to play by obsessively practicing over records by The Police, Primus, Fela Kuti, Slayer and John Coltrane. Around that time he also learned how to play both the acoustic and electric guitars with which he still composes all kinds of music.

After moving to the United States with his family in the mid 90’s and receiving his diploma from the Corvallis High School (OR), he lived and played in New York and San Francisco learning the language of jazz. After a few years he moved to Rome and quickly became part of the city's vibrant scene, performing with artists such as Pasquale Innarella, Henry Cook (Either Orchestra, Mulatu Astatke) and Manlio Maresca among others.

At age 25 he 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.

After a three year stay in Berlin where he collaborated and played extensively with Gerhard Gschlößl, Johannes Fink, Igor Osypov and many others, he relocated to Italy. He now lives in Bologna.

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. In the fall of 2019 he toured Europe and recorded with legendary spiritual jazz enesemble Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids on their last double LP, SHAMAN! released by Strut Records

Throughout the years he had the fortune to record and/or perform with artists such as:

Idris Ackmoor & The Pyramids, Danilo Gallo, Alfonso Santimone, Jack Yglesias, Federico Pierantoni, Filippo Vignato, Henry Cook, Piero Bittolo Bon, Joe Lally, Michael Rosen, Michele Polga, Roberto Raciti, Massimo Pupillo, Stefano Raffaelli, Scott Rosenberg, Will Bernard, Elli De Mon, Nick Garbett, Giordano Grossi, Eterea Post Bong Band, Rosa Brunello, Camilla Battaglia, Dave Scott Stone, Gianni Gebbia, Mikaele Pellegrino, Lo Strano Frutto, Giacomo Ancillotto, Hal Tsuchida, Walter Civettini, Mother Island, Giovanni Perin, Marco Trabucco, Claudio Mosconi, Alessandro Lanzoni, Paul Santner, Amy Denio, Andrea Pesce, Andrea Ruocco, Ettore Martin, Massimo Giangrande, Giulio Campagnolo, Wil Blades, Daniele Tittarelli, Gerhard Gschlößl, Johannes Fink, Igor Osypov, Naomi Jean, Justin Falk, Eyal Lovett, Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, Antonio Gallucci, Cristiano De Fabritiis, Fabio “Reeks” Recchia, Renato Ciunfrini, Pasquale Innarella, Tony Cattano, Fil Lorenz, Daniel Magay, Dj Økapi, Roberto Bordiga, Paolo Bacchetta, Federico Pozzer, Roberto Bellatalla, Manlio Maresca, Marco Quaresimin, Riccardo Marogna, Sergio Gonzo, Glauco Benedetti, Alessandro Fongaro, Luca Moresco.

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On the Road con Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

Read "On the Road con Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids" reviewed by Gioele Pagliaccia

La prima volta che vidi Idris Ackamoor fu al Centro Stabile di Cultura una domenica nel novembre 2018. Gli organizzatori di questo storico locale a San Vito di Leguzzano, un piccolo paese a mezz'ora da Vicenza circondato da fonderie e campi di grano, mi avevano chiesto se potevo prestare la mia Ludwig al batterista dei Pyramids, il gruppo di Idris. In cambio mi sarei visto il concerto gratis ed avrei modo di conoscere la band. Quel giorno caricai ...

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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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