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Giovanni Giorgi
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: The Plug / The Thrust
  • Country: Italy

Born in Saronno March 18, 1975 he first approached the drums at young age, thanks to his father who was also a drummer. He attended several workshops with artists like Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Billy Cobham, Tommy Campbell. In April 1993 he won, only 18, the 2nd national contest for drummers. Following this event, the association Umbria Jazz Clinics assigned Giovanni a scholarship to attend the annual clinics that Berklee College of Music in Boston held in conjunction with the Festival. During this time he played with different ensembles (under the direction of John P. Ramsey) and received, as an outstanding student, Berklee’s recognition.

Among the most recent projects is the trio THE PLUG. The Plug is a project led by Giovanni Giorgi (compositions, arrangements, drums, electro stuff), with the collaboration of Andrea Lombardini, Sergio Cocchi as featured vocalist and Downbeat Poll winner Gianluca Petrella as a special guest on trombone. Through original songs they discover the exciting world of live electronic music, the charm and the relevance of traditional jazz, the freedom of expression of bebop, funk and the alchemy of jazz and rock in their most modern form. The band's debut album, Dawn, was published in 2010 by MyFavoriteRecords (EMI) with excellent reviews.

In November 2010, MyFavoriteRecords released Little Wonder, the first album by The Thrust, a trio formed by Giovanni, Pancho & Pepe Ragonese.

In November 2010 Giovanni performed, for Yamaha, in a clinic tour trio with the great French drummer Andre' Ceccarelli and Christian Meyer. The events were highly successful and other performances with international guests are planned for 2011.

In 2009 Giovanni became endorser for ZILDJIAN.

He participated to the 2008/2009 editions of the Euro Bass Day where he played with some of the best specialists in the world like Jimmy Haslip, Matthew Garrison, Bobby Vega, Michael Manring.

He founded in 2009 a drum duo with the great Italian drummer Christian Meyer. A project designed to combine the thoughtful and electronic side of Giovanni with the technical / creative virtuosity of the two protagonists.

Since 2008 he has been collaborating with the most important international brand of musical instruments: YAMAHA.

Since 2007 he has been teaching at CPM in Milan, the most famous professional music school in Italy, which has a staff of 50 teachers selected among some of the best Italian musicians.

In 2006 he was part of a very ambitious and high profile project: "The Beatles Across the Universe." Among the soloists, in addition to Giovanni, it included performers such as: Katia and Marielle Labeque, Giovanni Sollima, Viktoria Mullova, Matthew Garrison, Luis Bacalov, absolute protagonists of their instrument. The ensemble, over 144 people in total, performed with great success at the prestigious Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

In the field of contemporary music stands out an important collaboration with Carlo Boccadoro.

The following list displays the numerous studio and live and collaborations with many prominent musicians, both in the POP-ROCK and JAZZ fields:

Sarah Jane Morris, Carl Anderson, Giorgia, Alexia, Biagio Antonacci, Eugenio Finardi, Dirotta su Cuba, Alice, Roberto Vecchioni, Nick The Night Fly, Teresa De Sio, Ricky Gianco, Folco Orselli, Luca Jurman, Ricky Martin.

Delfeayo Marsalis, John Patitucci, Jimmy Haslip, Delmar Brown, Andy Timmons, Carl Verheyen, Guthrie Govan, Paul Jeffrey, Tommy Emmanuel, James Cammack, Labeque Katia and Marielle Labeque, Giovanni Sollima, Matthew Garrison, Linley Marthe, Bobby Vega, Michael Manring , Ollestad Tollak, Melvia Chick Rodgers, Viktoria Mullova, Gianluca Petrella, Stefano Di Battista, Dario Deidda, Carlo Boccadoro, Emanuele Cisi, Francesco Bearzatti, Sentieri Selvaggi, Ares Tavolazzi, Stefano Cerri, Paolino Dalla Porta, Roberto Cecchetto, Roberto Rossi, Patrizio Fariselli, Gigi Cifarelli Roberto Tarenzi, Antonio Farao, Marco Vaggi, Marco Micheli, Bruno De Filippi and many others.

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