Andrea Piccioni was born in Rome in 1970 and started very early his studies of world percussion. With Arnaldo Vacca he started the study of instruments and styles of the Mediterranean tradition, especially tamburello and frame drums. These studies went on with Glen Velez, Michael Metzler, Alfio Antico, masters Djamchid and Bijian Chemirani and Turkish maestros (with whom he deepened the study of Sufi musical tradition) and Indians teachers (Carnatic music).
Subsequently he began playing with a number of elderly musicians who are among the few remaining exponents of that particular style of Italian tradition. These different experiences lead him to conceive the Italian tamburello as an instrument for any musical context. For this reason he developed a personal execution technique, related to specific exercises to develop the use of the instrument in a 360 degrees inside Andrea’s book “Il Tamburello italiano”.
Andrea is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso whose amazing talent is expressed on a vasty array of Oriental as well as Western percussion instruments. He makes workshops and performs all over the world. During his career he had the chance to perform with great artists from the international panorama like Ganesh Kumar, Omar Faruk Trebllek, Glen Velez, Nidi D’arac, Indaco, Sari Gul whirling dervish orchestra and many others.
He is Co-founder of Frame Drums Europe associations and Artistic director of European Frame Drummers Meeting. Andrea contributes to the Italian magazine Percusioni. Play Anklang Musikwelt and Schlagwerk percussion.
His instruments: tamburello, tammorra, riqq, bendir, daf, bodhran, ghaval, def, kanjira, darbuka, zarb, cajon, jew’s harp, overtone singing.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.