Cristiano Calcagnile Biography

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Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger and performer Cristiano Calcagnile has built a international reputation collaborating with great names of new jazz, contemporary music and pop music as well.

His work is well know in the European experimental scene and his aesthetic is a well balanced melange that remains connected to his attitude to research, developing boarder lined music.

He recorded for label as EMI, Polygram, Edel, Sony, Auand, Amirani Records, Phonometak Labs, RareNoise, Die Schachtel, El Gallo Rojo, Caligola, GoodFellas, Label Bleu and Black Saint among the others.

He extensively tours all over the world invited by international festivals and venues for jazz, rock and avant-garde music. He played at London Jazz festival, Meldown Festival, Vortex, Bimhuis, Porgy&Bess, North Sea festival, Polar Spectacle, Umbria jazz, Novi Sad, Melbourne, Helsinki, Jakarta, Tunis, Mumbai and Lisboa.

He’s now leading of the MULTIKULTI ensemble which have produced a couple of CD “guided” to Don Cherry’s music: “Multikulty Cherry On” 2016 and “The Gift of Togetherness” 2019 – both for Caligola records.

MULTIKULTI is been between best Italian Cd and best Group on 2016 on Musica Jazz referendum.

In 2019 realized his first solo album “STOMA” for a new Label WE INSIST Records.STOMA is also a movie realized with Bruno Pulici and Luca Orioli. STOMA is a Multi-Perspective and electro-acoustic project played with Drums, percussions, objects (acoustic and electrified) and a handmade table-guitar with effects.

He are also leading:

  • RUBINI Quartet with Achim Kaufmann, Tobias Delius and Antonio Borghini.
  • M.R.C.A. with G. Locatelli, M. Falascone, L. Venitucci.
  • ANOKHI-3 with G. Pacorig, G. Evangelista.
  • CALIPSO, with Audrey Chen, Edoardo Marraffa, Alberto Braida, Luc Ex.
    All this projects are under working for new publications.

His current collaborations are:
Rob Mazurek quintet “Immortal Birds Bright Wings”;
BLASTULA.scarnoduo, with Monica Demuru (singer/actress/drama). They have realized a couple of CD: BLASTULA.scarnoduo (Amirani records 2010); Lingue di Fuoco (AiMusic 2012).
Pipeline 8 by Giancarlo Locatelli, that have just realized “Prayer” on the music of Steve Lacy (2019 – WE INSIST Records);
Massimo Falascone Seven, that have just realized “Mèliés” (2018 Fonterossa Records);

He is a part of PLEAIADEES with Massio Pupillo and Xabier Iriondo that are producing an LP on “Subsound records”.

Among his most important collaborations:
Rob Mazurek, Jeff Parker, Kid Jordan, Tomeka Reid, Mazz Swift, Anthony Braxton, Alexander Hawkins, John Edwards, Silvia Bolognesi, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Tristan Honsinger, Chris Cuttler, Gino Rober, Bruce Ditmas, Keith&July Tippet, Roberto Ottaviano, Glen Ferris, Buch Morris, Ernst Reijseger, Sean Bergin, Daniele Dagaro, Cristina Zavalloni, Cristina Donà, Stefano Bollani, Gianluca Petrella, Oren Marshall, Gianni Mimmo, Gianni Lenoci, Vinny Golia, Alison Blunt, Ove Valquartz, Mark Feldman, Ralph Alessi, Gary Valente, Erik Honorè, Gilad Atzmon, Bob Stewart, Steve Piccolo, Paul Mc Candless, Enrico Rava, and many others.