Michele Papadia


Michele Papadia

In addition to classical and mainly jazz studies, Michele Papadia specialized in various aspects of African American music (jazz, blues, gospel, funk, soul, nusoul, pop, live eletronics) at the same time as his university studies of architecture. He attended the summer seminars of Siena Jazz '94 and '95 and the same year he won a scholarship and attended the three-year high professional qualification for jazz musicians funded by the EEC at Siena Jazz. Study with D'Andrea and Pieranunzi.

He later specialized at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He has followed seminars with K.Barron, Shirley Scott, P.Metheny, D.Liebman, Ray Brown, among others. A great connoisseur of African American music, especially of all Black Music, he is among the most requested European pianists/hammondists in the United States, carrying out a musical discourse that blends the various aspects of African American music with European music and contemporary music.

Since the late 90s, he has been in high demand as a session musician in various American studios (for gospel, blues, funk, pop, jazz productions), especially in Nashville, where he specialized in pop-gospel style, and New Orleans, where he deepened the homonymous piano style and where he performed in the historic club "Tipitina" in a single piano performance. Also in New Orleans, he deepened the study of Clavinet, of which he is one of the leading experts at the international level. He has worked and recorded in recent years with several American artists in the famous London studios of BBC radio.

He was named by referendum in german, French and Dutch specialized magazines among the best Pianist-Organists blues/soul in Europe and was mentioned in the New York magazine "Down Beat" among the new talents in the "Keyboards" category in 2008 and 2009.

Between '95 and '98, he was the pianist of Gabriella Ferri, who he accompanied in concerts in Italy, Switzerland and South America. Between '97 and '99, he recorded his first CD "Khytera" with Paolino Dalla Porta, Stefano "Cocco" Cantini and Massimo Manzi, with whom he played in several Italian jazz clubs and festivals. In 2008, his album "Afrocentradelic" was released featuring Gianluca Petrella and Francesco Bearzatti.

He has over 50 records as a sideman and 2 as a leader/composer.

In October 2012 it is pianist / organist of Adriano Celentano's concerts at the Verona Arena, which were broadcast live on Mediaset and from which a DVD was produced.

In 2018 he plays in the Caribbean Blues Cruise of Joe Bonamassa, which he will repeat in the summer of 21 in Greece.

In the last 20 years, he has participated as a session musician in the major Jazz, blues and rock European, American and Asian festivals.

He collaborated in Jazz scenario with Gianluca Petrella, Roberto Gatto, Francesco Bearzatti, Paolino Dalla Porta, Fabrizio Bosso, Dave Liebman, Dario Deidda, Ares Tavolazzi, Rosario Giuliani, JD Allen, and many others.

In the rock, blues and soul scenario, he has collaborated with Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, Irma Thomas, John Mayall, Ana Popovic, Rudy Rotta, Brian Auger, Sugar Blue, Peter Green, Susan Tedeschi, Koko Taylor, Allen Hinds, in between many others.

In the pop field with Jovanotti, Celentano, Gabriella Ferri, Noemi, Patti Austin, Patty Pravo, Dolcenera, Irene Grandi, Anna Oxa, J-Ax, Nina Zilli, Max Pezzali, Karima, Phil Palmer, Serena Brancale.

Currently, in addition to his projects, he collaborates in the jazz field in various formations including Gianluca Petrella (from 2004 to now), Fabrizio Bosso, Roberto Gatto, Hallen Hinds, with his formation Afrocentradelic (with Petrella and Bearzatti), as well as various collaborations with American Blues and Gospel artists.

Since 2005 he has been pianist/organist of Ana Popovic's band, with whom he played in the largest blues and jazz festivals in Europe, USA and Asia.

He is the conductor and arranger of the Soul Train R- Evolution Orchestra, a formation born within Saint Louis College Of Music in Rome, often with guests including Fabrizio Bosso and Serena Brancale.

Alongside the intense concert activity, he is active in the educational field holding master classes and seminars on piano and keyboards (Hammond Organ, Synth, Clavinet) in the field of African American music and his influence in contemporary music, cultured and improvised, in numerous, and not only musical, Italian and foreign institutions.

He has taught, for over 25 years, in numerous Italian music schools and since 2015 he has been a permanent teacher at Saint Louis College Of Music in Rome. SOUL TRAIN with Michele Papadia, Michele Papadia a Lab On The Road Pro, Michele Papadia a Summer Gigs, How do you play with GROOVE?.