Pierpaolo Principato

Biography

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Pierpaolo Principato

Pierpaolo Principato musicista e didatta si è diplomato in jazz presso il Conservatorio L. Refice di Frosinone (I e II livello). Docente e coordinatore didattico dei corsi di Armonia, Pianoforte jazz, Piano and keyboards al Saint Louis College of Music, del quale è membro del Consiglio accademico.

All’attività didattica affianca quella concertistica. Dal 1988 la decennale collaborazione con il chitarrista Francesco Bruno, con il quale oltre ad esibirsi dal vivo nei tour italiani ed esteri, ha realizzato nel 1992 “El Lugar”, l’album pubblicato anche all’estero dalla “Prestige”, che vede la presenza della rockstar americana Richie Havens; nel 1997 in veste di pianista, tastierista e co-arrangiatore l’album “Ouarzazat” registrato con Agostino Marangolo e Gigi De Rienzo; nel 1999 “Matarièh”; nel 2002 “Jamila” con la collaborazione degli “Agricantus” a favore del progetto Emergency di Gino Strada, nel 2003 “Huacapù”, nel 2008 “Le Parole Altre. Il Lungo Viaggio di Tiziano Terzani” CD+DVD, con Enzo Pietropaoli e Javier Girotto, ispirati dalla vita di Tiziano Terzani, nel 2014 “Witam”, con la partecipazione di Piotr Vojtasik e Sylwester Ostrowski e nel 2020 “Blue Sky Above the Dreamer” per l’etichetta Helvetia.

Pierpaolo Principato nell’autunno del ’96 ha collaborato alla realizzazione (arrangiamenti ed esecuzione) della colonna sonora del musical “Tano da Morire” di Roberta Torre (premio della Critica Estera per le musiche).

It is also important to recall the wide experience with the "world music" of the French Bohé Combo with whom he performed, alongside accordionist Antonello Salis and Richard Bona (Zawinul Synd. Pat Metheny group and Steps Ahead), on an Italian tour for the presentation of the album "Follow the Trace".
In Italy, the fun collaboration with the singer Paolo Belli, with whom he also recorded, in '93, the homonymous album and participated in some tours.
In the winter between '93/'94 he took part in the tour of the trumpeter Nini Rosso, with whom he performs in theaters in the major cities of Japan.

Pierpaolo Principato nel 1998 entra nella jazz big band M.J. Urkestra diretta da Roberto Spadoni, con la quale registra, nel 2002, l’album “Dances”.
In 2001 he began his collaboration with Agostino Marangolo, joining his group that performed live in the major Italian clubs and jazz-festivals, and with whom he recorded in 2001 the album "Day by day" and in 2004 "Avant le desert".
Some interesting theatrical experiences such as "Al Tabou de Saint Germain de Prés" by G. Clementi with Daniela Giordano should be highlighted; "The Nights of Kabiria" with Chiara Noschese; Show of Songs ("Spettacolo di Canzoni") by Alessandro Haber, with whom he participated in the "Premio Luigi Tenco" in 2004.

At the end of 2005 he collaborated with violinist Nino Cannavacciuolo for a series of concerts.
In autumn 2006 he collaborated on the film "Piano solo" by Riccardo Milani, about the life of pianist Luca Flores, as a trainer for the main actor Kim Rossi Stuart and as a musical consultant regarding to piano and group performances.
In September 2008 he recorded the music of the musical "Hairspray" that was later performed in September 30, 2008 at the Sistine Theater in Rome.

Pierpaolo Principato nel corso della sua carriera ha coltivato la sua profonda passione per il jazz, tenendo concerti in numerosissimi Festival e Jazz Club italiani ed esteri con diverse formazioni anche a suo nome.
Also important the numerous live performances in television broadcasts including "D.O.C." and "Segnali di fumo" with Francesco Bruno, "Roxy Bar" with Jovanotti and Paolo Belli, "Ieri Goggi e domani" with Sergio Caputo and others.
From 2001 to 2006 he played continuously on the summer tours of the vocal group "Neri Per Caso".

In 2006 he began his collaboration with the group "Mediares" of G. Savelli with whom he performed in many Jazz Festivals and recorded the album "Que la Fete Commence". In 2014 he recorded the CD "Zeno" with F. De Palma Trio.
Among the most recent projects he's got the new quartet by Fabrizio Cucco with whom he recorded the CD "For a Brief Moment" together with R. Gatto on drums and M. Giammarco on Sax; the trio/quartet "La Terza Via" with C. Sanchietti, M. Siniscalco and N. Kummert with whom he recorded the CD "The Third Side of the Coin" for Blue Jazz and plays in Clubs and Jazz festivals Italian and European; the quintet with saxophonist Enrico Ghelardi with whom he recorded the CDs "Like the Wind" released in 2010, "That's Time" released in 2012; "Om Namaha" of 2017 and the very recent "Peace for Heart" for Alfa Music; the quartet with Norwegian singer Nina Jori Pedersen with whom she recorded "So Far So Good", "Eyes Wide Open" and the very recent "Time is a Restless Thief" for Norwegian losen records; the new jazz quartet by Francesco Bruno with whom he recorded the albums "Witam" and "Blue Sky Above the Dreamers; the quartet of saxophonist Stefano Preziosi, with Ettore Fioravanti and Stefano Cantarano, with whom he recorded the CD "Climbing Up".

He is also part of the Latin Big Band "Mambo Puente Orquesta" by Elvio Ghigliordini. Numerous appearances in international Jazz Contest juries such as those organized in 2010-2011 and 2012 by Saint Louis or the "International Piano Competition" of Roland Italy organized in Milan in September 2007.

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