Giuseppe Paradiso

Giuseppe was born in Santeramo in Colle (Bari, Italy) in 1983 and started his musical studies on drums at age six. In 2007, he graduated with full marks and honors from the Italian Conservatory N. Piccinni of Bari in percussion instruments, studying with Beniamino Forestiere, who later dedicated a composition for solo marimba to G. Paradiso. Giuseppe also studied mallets (marimba and vibraphone) and performed as a mallet player at events, including in 2003 one of the most prestigious mallet competitions in the world, the International Marimba Competition at the Superior National Conservatory of Paris. Giuseppe received the five-year Composition Certificate “Compimento Inferiore,” part of the Contemporary and Experimental Composition program, also at the conservatory in Bari. He studied classical piano for eight years.

Building on his classical training, Giuseppe went on to attend several contemporary jazz workshops and master classes, including Siena Jazz Summer Workshop (Siena, Italy), Les journées de la percussion (Paris, France), and Berklee Summer School at Umbria Jazz clinics, where he received a scholarship for a full-time, four-year program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Clinics were led by renowned international musicians including Evelyn Glennie, Elvin Jones, Ron Carter, Danilo Perez, Peter Erskine, Antonio Sanchez, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, Victor Mendoza, Massimo Manzi, Ettore Fioravanti, and others.

In 2008, Giuseppe moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 2011 magna cum laude in Drums/Performance and as a recipient of several scholarships. At Berklee, Giuseppe continued to develop his versatility as a musician, having the opportunity to study with some of the finest musicians and educators in the world, such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Jamey Haddad, Ian Froman, Ralph Peterson, John Hazilla, Mark Walker, Ed Saindon, Dave Samuels, Victor Mendoza, and others.
In Boston, he also studied with “Ra-kalam” Bob Moses and attended lectures by Herbie Hancock at Harvard University.
Giuseppe worked at Berklee as a rhythm section player for the Strings Department, Guitar Department, Voice Department, Piano Department, Ensemble Department, Special Programs (2010 and 2011), the Arranger/Composer Workshop, and for several visiting artists and Berklee concert series events.

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He has performed and/or recorded internationally both as a sideman and a leader with several renowned artists, groups, and orchestras from different countries and across a wide variety of music genres. Among these artists and groups are seven-time Latin Grammy-award winner and Spanish producer Javier Limon; percussionist-singer and Grammy-award winner Arto Tuncboyaciyan (Peter Gabriel, Chet Baker, Joe Zawinul); pioneer guitarist David Fiuczynski (Jack Dejohnette, Jo Jo Mayer); Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari; jazz trumpeter Phil Grenadier (John Scofield, Kenny Barron, Steve Swallow); Marco Pignataro (Director of the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College); four-time Grammy-award-winning Latin bassist and educator Oscar Stagnaro; jazz bassist John Lockwood (Gary Burton, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard); Italian arranger, composer, and pianist Cettina Donato; accordionist Vince Abbracciante; organist and bassist Vito Di Modugno; pianist and singer Mario Rosini; Italian artist Daniele Sepe; Boston-based Revolutionary Snake Ensemble; Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh; Lebanese New York City-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba (Yo Yo Ma, Quincy Jones); Boston-based Turkish group Neotolia; award-winning Chinese virtuoso Yazhi Guo; gospel artist Gabriel Eziashi; and British singer-songwriter William Topley.

Giuseppe’s performances include multiple festivals, major venues, and institutions such as Panama Jazz Festival (Panama City, Panama); Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, Rhode Island); Les Journee de la Percussion at Conservatoire Superior de Paris (France); Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C. (USA); Equinox Music Festival at Berklee College of Music, where he premiered his composition in solo percussion, commissioned for the same festival. Giuseppe has made several appearances at Berklee Performance Center (Boston, Massachusetts) and has performed at Festival Duni (Matera, Italy); Festival Paleariza (Reggio Calabria, Italy); Teatro Piccinni and Stadium San Nicola (Bari, Italy); Le Giornate Della Percussione at the Conservatory G.B.Pergolesi (Fermo, Italy); Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts); Isabella Stewart Gardner and Fine Arts Museums of Boston; Dante Alighiery Society of Boston; The Austrian-Canadian Cultural Centre (Calgary, Canada); Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, Illnois); Ryles Jazz Club and Regatta Bar (Cambridge, Massachusetts); Public Theater, Alwan For The Arts, The Stone, Shapeshifter Lab, Something Jazz Club, The Drom, The Bitter End (New York City, NY); Twins Jazz (Washington, DC); Gregory’s Jazz Club (Rome, Italy); Ueffilo Jazz Club (Gioia del Colle, Italy); Wally’s Jazz Club (Boston, Massachusetts); Hard Rock Café of Boston, among many others.

His appearances on TV and radio programs include Spanish TVE LA2 “Entre Dos Aguas,” a documentary produced by seven-time Latin Grammy-award winner Javier Limón; “Boston Strong” video campaign on NECN (United States); FOX 25 (United States); “The New Edge” radio program on WMBR 88.1FM Cambridge Public Radio (United States); “L’Italia chiamo`” radio show (Boston, USA), as well as several appearances on Italian TV channels.

His discography includes the following projects. As a band leader, Giuseppe recorded in 2012 the “Otherness Collection,” his debut album of original music with his international Boston-based ensemble Meridian 71. He has recorded as a drummer and percussionist on several albums in the United States and Europe, covering a wide diversity of genres and styles, ranging from jazz and world music to pop. One of his latest recordings includes “Neotolian Song” by Neotolia, album published under the Interrobang Records label, featuring a roster of internationally renowned musicians, including Dave Weckl, Grammy-award winner Arto Tuncboyaciyan, David Fiuczynski, Bassam Saba, Joey Blake and others. Still other works include “Octave” by Jazz Revelation Records (2011, Berklee) with Cettina Donato group and “Crescendo” with the Cettina Donato Jazz Orchestra (Jazzy Records).
In 2019 he is releasing a new album as a bandleader with his ensemble Meridian 71, featuring all original compositions by G.Paradiso, alongside other works as a sideman that include latest album by pianist/composer Josh Rosen.

As an educator, Giuseppe has taught music and drums for different projects promoted by the Italian association Linea Azzurra (Italy) and for several music schools in Massachusetts (USA), including an appearance as a guest artist at Berklee College of Music – Liberal Arts department in 2018. Giuseppe has taught a large number of private students in Italy and Massachusetts (USA), including several current professional musicians.

Umbria Jazz 2007 (Perugia, Italy) – Berklee Scholarship for a full-time program in Boston
“Movin’up 2008” GAI – Giovani Artisti Italiani with the support of the Italian Government
Berklee International Grant (Berklee College of Music)
James David Harber Award (Performance Division and Percussion Department of Berklee College of Music)
Berklee College of Music’s outstanding scholarship
Dean’s list, Berklee College of Music

In 2013, he co-founded the In Momentum Concert Series with vocalist Gabriela Martina and vibraphonist Andria Nicodemou at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The series was based on free improvised and creative music. Created as an opportunity for musicians to focus on creativity and development of their own natural musical voice and language, musicians from different cultures and backgrounds break boundaries to create on the spot, in a very inspiring and supportive environment. In Momentum produced collaborations among a large number of local and international musicians, growing a strong community and a unique environment to enhance freedom in music creation.

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