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Lorenzo Gasperoni

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Lorenzo Gasperoni started his musical education studying classical percussions. In 1996 he earned two different qualification by the  Conservatorio Statale F. E. dall'Abaco, Verona, and by the Civica Scuola di Musica, Milan, where he studied under David Searcy and Jonathan Scully (both timpanist of the Teatro alla Scala) and under the famous American percussionist Mike Queen.

From 1989 to 1996 he studied jazz drumming privately under Tiziano Tononi and Enrico Lucchini. At the same time he attended various stages of jazz drums given by Bob Moses, Andrew Cyrille and Billy Elgard. From 1990 to 1995 he attended the “Siena Jazz” workshops (international music specialization courses), studying drums and combo music under Enrico Rava, Roberto Gatto, Ettore Fioravanti, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Stefano Battaglia, Furio Di Castri.

At the same time the deep interest for the family of ethnic percussion became for Lorenzo a parallel journey. He stars from ’95 studing darbouka, riqq and arabian music, with Egyptian percussionist Tarek Awad Alla, the Moroccan Moussa Belkacemi and the Algerian Dahmane Kalfa. In the meanwhile, he also got interested in the study of djembe and the variety of rhythms of West African music, that he learned through masters of Malinké and Bambara origin like Mamady Keita, Souleymane Camara, Mamadou Fane, Baba Cissoko, Sourakata Dioubaté, Kougbanan Condé, Marè Sanogo and the legend Famadou Konaté, with whom he played several times in concert.

In 1997, following his inclination towards being an “eternal student” (as he likes to call himself), he started his trips of discovery of the ethnical rhythms, going several times to Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Southern India (Tamil Nadu and Kerala), and a the end to Havana city (Cuba).

Since 10 years Lorenzo  has been giving several courses and stages as well as lectures about dance and percussions and the African culture commissioned by private and public institutions all over Europe, Canada and USA. 

As a frame drum and darbuka player he has been performing with several professors of Middle East dance and with the traditional Moroccan music band Hal Kafila, Tangeri Caffè Orchestra and Allahaly of the violinist Jamal Ouassini and the singer Aziz Riahi.

As drummer and composer, Lorenzo founded the Mamud Band  in 1990 which was selected to represent Italy in the Biennial of the Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Turin. He performed with Mamud Band and other groups in several festivals such as: Bolzano Jazz Summer, Metropoli Jazz (Milan), Palermo di Scena, Jazz Frontiere (Parma), Clusone Jazz Festival. With various other groups he also attended the Jazz Festival, Chiasso, the Jazz Festival, Como, the Italian Jazz Festival, Lucca, and the festival Autunno Musicale, Prato. 

Mamud Band recorded 4 CDs: in 1996 for C.M.C. rec. “La Vendetta di Grog”; in 1998 for the newspaper Il Manifesto “Amore Pirata” gest the legend of afroamerican jazz Lester Bowie; in 2011 “Opposite People” guest the reggae singer Bunna and in 2013 “Afro Future Funk” guest Giovanni Imparato on percussion.

Lorenzo is co-author with the director Tommaso Correale Santacroce of the show Cartoon Trio (live soundtrack of silent cartoons from beginning of 20th century) produced on stage in various festivals and theatres such as: the Piccolo Teatro, Milan, Teatro Arsenale, Milan, Teatro Litta, Milan, the church Chiesa dello Spasimo, Palermo, the art gallery Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna.

During his career Lorenz has been playing with prestigious world-renowned artist as father of funk Fred Wesley, moroccan composer Jamal Houassini,  virtuoso organo player Brian Auger, drummer Paco Sery, trumpet legend Lester Bowie, and also Paolo Fresu, Mauro Pagani, Giovanni Venosta, Rosario Bonaccorso, Alfio Antico, Famoudou Don Moye,  Famoudou Konate, Aziz Riahi, Sourakata Dioubate, Guglielmo Pagnozzi, le Ballet de Faretà (Guinea).

He has also worked with the following choreographers: Herns Duplan (Haiti), Geneviève Cakle (France), Brigitta Luisa Merki (Switzerland), Mama Adama Camara (Guinea), Nino Raddi Farxaan (Somalia), Francesca Pedullà, Chiara Martinoli, Franca Aimone, Katina Genero (Italy).