Massimo

Massimo

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With my music I'm attempting to stimulate one's mind and spirit so to bring the listener to a place where abstraction and surrealism replaces the real as verifiable and the familiar. I'm trying to be the change I'd like to see in the world.

Biography

Massimo is a completely self-taught drummer and keyboardist who plays and performs in various styles and genres across the musical spectrum, favoring high-energy instrumental jazz fusion.

Born and raised in "The Eternal City" - Rome, Italy, he began playing at the age of twelve, and has performed with many groups, including “I Percussionisti di Roma”, a percussion ensemble. He has also taken part in several European jazz festivals throughout his career.

Since emigrating to the United States in 1986, Massimo has been playing live and recording with numerous bands. After teaching privately for several years, he has now focused his energy and time on composing, arranging, recording, and producing.

Describing his music and drumming style as “…an attempt to bring the listener’s awareness to a higher level…", he believes that his music is intended to fill those many musical voids that exist around us. He draws his inspiration mainly from surrealism, along with a basic, but critical ingredient: improvisation.

Massimo cites the Brecker Brothers, Dennis Chambers, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Salvador Dali, George Duke, M.C. Escher, Frank Frazetta, Steve Gadd, Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock, Allan Holdsworth, Gary Husband, Keith Jarrett, Chaka Khan, Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius, Return To Forever, Buddy Rich, Steps Ahead, Gino Vannelli, Narada Michael Walden, Weather Report, Lenny White, and Patrick Woodroffe as his primary artistic influences.

Discography

Mind Over Matter-2006
No Offense-2007
The Visionary-2008

Set List

A mix of jazz standards and originals. The jazz tunes are re-interpreted in an unusual way.