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Massimo Discepoli

Drummer and multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and teacher, since many years Massimo Discepoli works in the most different areas of music. He began his artistic career studying and participating in workshops with leading international masters, also attending the Berklee Schools clinics at Umbria Jazz 2004, receiving compliments by Giovanni Tommaso. Among the most important projects that see him involved in that period should be noted the trio Vibrham, active between 2004 and 2006, that allowed him to create an original fusion of jazz, funk and drum ‘n’ bass. With the trio he realizes the self-titled album in 2006 (which also contains his own compositions), as well as taking part in an intense concert activity. At the same time he began to study piano, bass and guitar, and also approaching electronic music; here he got the idea to start making his own music, which became reality with the creation of the Nheap project. Under this pseudonym he composes and plays a distinctive fusion of ambient, jazz, post-rock and electronics. At this day there are five albums released by this name, all welcomed very positively by the public and critics alike: they are reviewed by dozens of websites and magazines (which include All About Jazz and Musica Jazz), and were often included in the rankings of the best albums released in the respective years; many songs are licensed to various companies (Samsung, MTV, CNN, Black Box, Picture Shack, Red Bull Media House, Gizmodo and many more) for short films, documentaries and commercials. In 2009 he founds the creative music label Acustronica, through which distributes and promotes, in addition to its own work, the ones by other artists from all around of the world. Among the other projects in which he takes part, should be highlighted the experimental duo Nunun, the trio LED (which creates improvised soundtracks for classic silent film), Nheap XP (more aimed at “club” electronic music), as well as many other formations ranging from jazz to rock. He also collaborates on albums released by other record labels, such as Setola di Maiale and Floating Forest; Discepoli’s works are featured in many compilations, including “Unexplained Sounds Group – the first annual report”, with the presence of artists such as Steve Reich and Morton Subotnick. In 2014 he founds a new label, DOF, specializing in electro-acoustic and experimental music, and for which, in the same year, he released the first disc under his real name, entitled “Parallax”.

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(on "An Eclipse of Images" album with Daniel Barbiero)

Selected as one of the best 2016 album by Avant Music NewsApre in una nuova finestra

Selected as one of the best 2016 album by SonfmarketingApre in una nuova finestra

“Is this music jazz? I’d argue yes; there are improvised pieces and parts assembled in a very thoughtful inspired manner by two sympathetic musicians.” All About Jazz (Mark Corroto)Apre in una nuova finestra

“Seven very interesting compositions[…]a distinctive sound[…]a fine work” Battiti (Radio Rai 3)Apre in una nuova finestra

“”An Eclipse Of Images” is an uncategorizable treat. It combines a haunting, electroacoustic feel with spacious drones and loose percussion. Not quite in the ambient, classical, rock, free improv, or jazz vein, Discepoli and Barbiero borrow deftly from each of these styles and combine them into new forms. Highly recommended.” Avant Music NewsApre in una nuova finestra

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Album Discography

An unusual way to disappear

From: An unusual way to disappear
By Massimo Discepoli

The meaning of floating

From: Last year, the next day
By Massimo Discepoli


From: The Right Place on the Wrong Map
By Massimo Discepoli

The Right Place on the Wrong Map

From: The Right Place on the Wrong Map
By Massimo Discepoli


From: Parallax
By Massimo Discepoli

The Space Between the Paths

From: Parallax
By Massimo Discepoli


From: Skymotion
By Massimo Discepoli


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