Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger and performer Cristiano Calcagnile has built an international reputation collaborating with great names of new jazz, contemporary music and pop music as well.
His work is well known 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 CDs “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 is also leading:
RUBINI Quartet with Achim Kaufmann, Tobias Delius and Antonio Borghini.
M.R.C.A. with G.Locatelli, M.Falascone, L.Venitucci.
NOKHI-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:
BLASTULA.scarnoduo, with Monica Demuru (singer/actress/drama). They have realized a couple of CDs: BLASTULA.scarnoduo (Amirani records 2010); Lingue di Fuoco (AiMusic 2012).
Rob Mazurek quintet “Immortal Birds Bright Wings”;
Pipeline 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);
NoNoNo percussion a trio percussion with Gino Robair and Stefano Giust
• “European Space OrchestraEGO by Gabriele Mitelli with Gabriele Mitelli, Christopher Rocher, Per-Ake Holmander, Christelle Sery, Alexander Hawkins, John Edwards, Sebi Tramontana, Pier Borel, Luca Tilli, Giancarlo Locatelli, Tobias Delius.
Cristina Donà/Saverio Lanza
Alberto Braida trioCats in the kitchen” with A.Braida, Silvia Bolognesi.
Synapser by Giancarlo Tossani with Giancarlo Tossani, Achille Succi, Tito Mangialajo,
MRAFI by Edoardo Marraffa with Edoardo Marraffa, Pasquale Mirra, Antonio Borghini.
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 Robair, Bruce Ditmas, Keith &July Tippet, Roberto Ottaviano, Glen Ferris, Buch Morris, Ernst Reijseger, Sean Bergin, Daniele D’Agaro, Cristina Zavalloni, Cristina Donà, Stefano Bollani, Gianluca Petrella, Oren Marshall, Giancarlo Tossani, Gianni Mimmo, Gianni Lenoci, Libero Mureddu, Vinny Golia, Alison Blunt, Ove Valquartz, Mark Feldman, Ralph Alessi, Gary Valente, Erik Honorè, Gilad Atzmon, Bob Stewart, Steve Piccolo, Paul McCandless, Enrico Rava and many others.


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