Born in 1976, he attended the Piano Course at Bergamo's "Santa
Cecilia" Conservatory, before going on to graduate from the "G. Verdi" Conservatory
(Milan) in Percussion and Jazz Music under the guidance of F. Campioni,
A. Dulbecco, P. Tonolo and T. Tracanna.
He has participated in various masterclasses, seminars and advanced courses, becoming
acquainted with David Searcy, David Friedmann, Rud Winer, Bobby Durham, Marco
Minnemann, Dave Weckl, Dave Liebmann and others.
Since graduation, he has remained active as a vibraphonist and composer in the jazz
field, combining concerts with teaching.
He also studied with F. D'Andrea and S. Battaglia in the Sienna Jazz
Music Coursesspecialising in Jazz and Improvised Music while collaborating,
in the same period, with the Barga Jazz Big-Band (Barga - Lu) directed by
He writes music for groups from duo to octet, thereby recording various CDs in his
name and winning competitions, both in composition and musical performance (3rd
place in the First International Competition for Composition and Performance
of Percussion Instruments and Drums, 1st place in the first edition of the Young
Jazz Musicians competition "Jazz Dimensione Giovani" at the Blue Note in
Milan, 1st place in Brescia's Jazz On Live competition).
He has also played abroad in various tours (Norway, Ukraine, China, Austria,
Holland, England) alongside G.Falzone, his own groups and the Group "Q".
He has worked as a vibraphonist with different groups, recording various CDs. In
addition to having played with G. Trovesi, B. Cobham, T. Arco, W. Calloni, F.
Bearzatti, G. Partipilo, A. Succi, E. Maniscalco, Carlo "El Tero" Buschini and
others… he has collaborated with progressive/rock band "Syndone" by writing the
music of their recent work (Beauty IS the Beast - Odyssčas). He also plays and collaborates
with the New Art Ensemble, continually maintaining his interest in chamber/classical
music, even if music without labels is undoubtedly his preferred area of research.
ABOUT FP ENSEMBLE: FP Ensemble is a group in constant evolution in which its members, invited
each time by vibraphonist Francesco Pinetti (FP), focus on a particular musical
it is thanks to these projects that the Ensemble is distinguished by its particular
tendency to blend musical styles around a sound that is full of complex rhythms
and percussion keyboards.
The music can therefore be defined as "fusion", with leanings towards this
or that style depending on the project (as well as the individual piece). The first
project of the band is SUONO SELVATICO (Wild Sound), published by Velut
Luna in 2003; the second is SUONO DI FUSION (Fusion Sound), published by
Music Center in 2008;
The third project is AYEXIT (2014), recently published by Sonitus Edizioni
in Italy and distributed by Altrock also abroad.
The recording of AYEXIT boasts the participation of Ada Rovatti Brecker
on sax, an excellent representative of "fusion" from the Brecker household, (Randy
Brecker's companion, with whom she often plays - Brecker Brothers) and
the participation of the californian acrobatic prog/rock drummer Marco Minnemann
(Joe Satriani, Aristocrats, Steve Wilson...) that gives a "progressive"
enforcement to the entire mix.
Each piece seeks to be a musical framework to be discovered, entering into the imagination
of the listener as a multicoloured stimulus.
Since it is a "fusion" of styles, you can find rock, funk, afro, Latin, etc... but
always and only as an excuse to incorporate it with "swing" and even a hint
of irony (just looking titles... "PEDALOPITECUS", or simply the onomatopoeic "TUDU"
untranslatable but apt to sum up the character of the piece).
The official line-up for live concerts: in addition to the band leader Francesco
Pinetti taken up with the vibraphone, the flutist Carlo Nicita, a constant
member of the Ensemble and an important element for its "free" vein. The
keyboard player Lorenzo Erra has joined so as to be able to play the keyboard
parts that were recorded over on the CD. We also find the young talented musicians
Lele Garro (electric bass), Filippo Bertipaglia (electric guitar)
and Mauro Brunini (trumpet) as well as the "veterans" Claudio "Wally"
Allifranchini (saxophones) and Sergio Orlandi (trumpet). The rhythmic
engine is entrusted to the outstanding drummer: Eugenio Mori.
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Jazz Discography: as Leader:
1. CD F.PINETTI ENSEMBLE "Suono Selvatico" (Velut Luna Records CVLD 109)
2. CD F.PINETTI ENSEMBLE "Suono Di Fusione" (Music Center BA 216CD)
3. CD Francesco Pinetti "FPQ" (Music Center BA 218CD)
with Pingar Duo:
4. CD Pingar Duo "Over The Frantic" (ABEAT ABJ049)
5. CD Pingar Duo "Jazz Dimensione Giovani" (Dischi Della Quercia DDQ 128048-2)
with Gruppo Q:
6. CD Gruppo Q "Untitled 06" (Music Center BA 135)
7. CD Gruppo Q "Live In China" (Radio SNJ Records SNJ-BF-006)
with Giovanni Falzone bands:
8. CD Giovanni Falzone "Music For Five" (la Splasc(h) Records CDH766.2)
9. CD Giovanni Falzone "Suite for Bird" (Soul Note 121428-2)
10.CD Giovanni Falzone "R-evolution Suite" (Soul Note121448-2)
with Time Percussion:
11.CD TIME PERCUSSION "A journey within" (Ethnoworld Records EJCD003)
12.CD "Iseo Jazz Festival 2002" Franco d'Andrea & Toni Arco Time Percussion (Pylology
13. CD "Iseo Jazz Dieci Anni di Jazz Italiano" (CDpm Lion142-2)
14.CD "Secret World" Marco Gamba Quintet (TRJ Records DDD-TRJ-2011-033)
15.CD "Natura Morta Con Flauto" Beppe Aliprandi (USR US-CD068/S)
16.CD "Jazz Dimensione Giovani" (Dischi Della Quercia - It. Jazz Series 128048-2)
17.CD SOFTLY FUNKY "Easy Going" (Velut Luna Records CVLD 05700)
18.CD "The Red Arrow" Jason Raso (Summit Records DCD569)
19.Album "The Club Side Of Gerardo" di Gerardo Frisina (Edizioni Ishtar S.N.C.)
as sideman and arranger:
20.CD "Elements" Seven Steps Quintet (Caligola Records 2175) 21.CD "Riflessioni Trasparenti" Antonio Giudici (AG 01)