Paolo Damiani composer, direttore d’orchestra, contrabbassista e violoncellista, didatta. Laureato in Architettura presso l’Università di Roma. Diplomato in contrabbasso e musica jazz, dopo aver studiato composizione e strumento con Bruno Tommaso, Giorgio Gaslini, Franco Sbacco, Lucio Buccarella, Giorgio Pani, Fernando Grillo, Giuseppe Selmi, Frances Marie Uitti.
In September 1999 he was appointed artistic and musical director of the ONJ – The french Orchestre Nationale de Jazz -, the first foreign artist to win the competition. Paolo Damiani remained at the helm of the prestigious team until September 2002, playing throughout Europe and recording in studio for the well-known German record label ECM.
From 1996 to 1999 he chaired the AMJ (Associazione Nazionale Musicisti Jazz). Since 1982 he has directed the International Jazz Festival "Rumori Mediterraneo" by Roccella Jonica and since 1998, also the Roman festival "A strip of fertile land" together with Armand Meignan. He was the creator of the coordination of jazz festivals "L.I.R.A." (Libere Iniziative di Ricerca Artistica)(Free Artistic Research Initiatives)), which includes the most innovative Italian jazz festivals.
Ha collaborato con alcuni dei più prestigiosi musicisti del mondo tra cui Pat Metheny, Kenny Wheeler, Albert Mangelsdorff, Billy Higgins, Charlie Mariano, Antony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Gianluigi Trovesi, Trilok Gurtu, Miroslav Vitous, Barre Phillips, Tony Oxley, John Surman, Enrico Rava, Anouar Brahem, Marc Ducret, Louis Sclavis, François Jeanneau, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Paolo Fresu, Pino Minafra e Giorgio Gaslini con il quale ha debuttato professionalmente nel 1976
In 1996, with the direct invitation of Luigi Berlinguer, then Minister of Education, he was called to join the Commission responsable for " the identification of the fundamental knowledge on which to base the learning of young students in the Italian school".
In July 2006, he was appointed member of the National Committee for Practical Learning of Music (D.M. 28 July 2006) created by Minister Giuseppe Fioroni and chaired by Prof. Luigi Berlinguer.
He also wrote the music for the show "Il silenzio anatomico" by Ivano Marescotti with the poems of Raffaello Baldini and since then he has been collaborating permanently with the great actor from Romagna (Lirismo enologico, Moby Dick). Together with the publisher Vincenzo Sicchio he invented the series of audiobooks recently attached to the Repubblica and Espresso journals (June 2006), of which he led the musical direction engaging artists such as Benni, Cerami, Camilleri, Fiorello, Lella Costa, Arnoldo Foà, Piovani, Rava, Fresu, Trovesi, Bollani, and many others.
Since February 16, 2007, under the direct appointment of Minister Fabio Mussi, he has been a member of the CNAM (Consiglio Nazionale per l’Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale "National Council for Higher Artistic and Musical Education") of the Ministry of University and Research.