Andrea Piccioni

Percussionist, frame drums art

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Andrea Piccioni, a native of Rome, is a master performer on frame drums and percussion. He is touring worldwide with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Paul McCandless, Riccardo Tesi, Gianluigi Trovesi, Basel Rajoub, Luciano Biondini, Manfred Leuchter, Lucilla Galeazzi, Les Haulz et les Bas, Caitrìona O’Leary, Donàl Lunny and Wu Man.

Andrea Piccioni, a native of Rome, is a master performer on frame drums—single-headed drums, sometimes with jingles, played with the hands rather than with sticks. After mastering the Italian tamburello, Andrea studied frame drum rhythms and performance techniques from the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, he has crossed with his style the boundaries of jazz, world, and early music. He is touring worldwide with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Paul McCandless, Riccardo Tesi, Gianluigi Trovesi, Basel Rajoub, Luciano Biondini, Manfred Leuchter, Lucilla Galeazzi, Les Haulz et les Bas, Caitrìona O’Leary, Donàl Lunny and Wu Man. In parallel he’s a popular teacher at major festivals, universities and conservatories around the world as well. Andrea published DVDs and books dealing with the Italian frame drums and rhythm language.

" …an absolute master of frame drums." - MUSICA JAZZ MAGAZINE

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4 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Tarek H.
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    Andrea is a Master in his craft, it iwas a pleasure working with him.
    Looking forward to the next project.

  2. Review by David W.
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    Given my training in history, I'll explain how awesome Andrea is from a "historical" perspective. I hired him for one song, and he did such an outstanding job that I sent him a second. He contributed so much to the feel of the second song that I brought him in on FOUR more songs. Unsurprisingly, his work on each song was expert, appropriate, and artistically creative. Whether I've asked for him to provide all the percussion in a song or to accompany a full drum kit, Andrea always delivers.

  3. Review by David W.
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    Because Andrea's work on my first song was so outstanding, I sent him a second track to see if he felt there was space in it for percussion. Indeed there was: He added large shakers, Qraqeb, and a Riq and really brought out the the feeling of the song. In the Riq section he played off the guitar solo in a way that I didn't know was possible. Excellent work all the way around, and it is now impossible to believe I felt the song was complete before Andrea's work was in it.

  4. Review by David W.
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    Andrea is a world-class percussionist, and he greatly improved my song by adding just three instruments--a frame drum played with a brush, a tamburello, and castanets. I gave him a general sense of what I wanted--e.g., "I would like something Celtic-like that will add movement to the song--and then let him use his expertise and incredible talent to create parts. Perfect. Total turnaround time from first contact to delivery was one day. Wow in every aspect of the experience.

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  • Bobby McFerrin
  • Wu Man
  • Paul Mccandless with Glen Moore
  • Oregon
  • Ralph Towner
  • Mark Walker
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Gear Highlights
  • frame drums
  • riq
  • bendir
  • tamburello
  • tammorra
  • daf
  • davul
  • kanjira
  • pandereta
  • pandeiro
  • pandeiro de penaparda
  • darbouka
  • tombak
  • udu drum
  • cajon
  • bodhran
  • djembè
  • talking drum
  • castanets
  • cymbals
  • shakers
  • caxichi
  • percussion effects
  • jaw harp
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