Bio

Fabio Pirozzolo is an Italian drummer, multi-percussionist and singer currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally from Terracina, Italy, he started his career as a folk percussionist, playing Italian frame drums tamburello and tammorra, in one of the most famous folk groups in his area. This experience gave him the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, playing concerts and giving lectures on regional Italian frame drum techniques. A summa cum laude Berklee College of Music graduated, he performs in virtually any genre of music from jazz to world wusic to rock. He’s the co-founder of the world music ensemble Grand Fatilla and Italian folk music ensemble Newpoli where he plays percussion and sings. Highly in demand both as a drummer and as percussionist, he’s currently the drummer for The Guruganesha Band, Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys and the Union United Methodist Church Band and he’s the percussionist for Revma Greek EnsembleMusaner and Arev Armenian Folk ensemble. His experiences led him to drum for Herb Reed’s Platters, Mario FrangoulisGeorge Perris, Jon Butcher and Petroloukas Halkias among other world class performers. He also collaborates with Berklee College world-class teachers Skip Hadden and Casey Scheuerell. He taught master classes at Berklee, Harvard and Tufts University and worked at Emerson College and Boston Conservatory as an accompanist for dance classes. He’s the author of the drum transcriptions for Skip Hadden’s drum book "Profiles in Jazz Drumming" and "Broken Eight’s Time Feel". His transcriptions are also featured on the Italian drum magazine "Batteria e Percussioni", "Batteria", "Percussionista" and on Polish drum magazine "Top Drummer". In 2012, Fabio was accepted at Tufts University and in 2014 he completed his master's degree in ethnomusicology with a thesis titled "Central and Southern Italian Tambourines: Between Tradition and Innovation", the first-ever scholarly work in the English language entirely focused on tamburello and tammorra. In 2015, Fabio earned the highly competitive Iguana Music Fund award. The fund will help with the production of a series of instructional videos that will eventually culminate in a commercially available DVD entirely dedicated to the art of playing central and southern Italian tambourines.