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MARCO PICCIONI

Marco Piccioni is a Blues Rock & Jazz guitarist and singer based in London, UK. He has worked as a side man and a leader since 2003, starting his career in New York, where he moved to after graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Born in 1976 in Turin, he spent his teens studying at the ‘Liceo Classico’ and at the same time being a professional sports-man in slalom canoeing. After the graduation in 1995 he decided to explore music more deeply starting to play guitar. He first studied with Italian guitarist Franco ‘Slep’ Sciancalepore, then in 1999 he moved to America, to attend the Berklee College Of Music where he graduated in 2002. In that period he was fortunate enough to study with master guitarists and composers Julien Kasper, Jon Damian and Michael Williams. In 2003 he moved from Boston to New York where he performed with many different artists. That same year he decided to move back to Italy where he established his own Quartet which with he recorded his first solo album Waterflight, published by DDE-Records.

In 2006 he moved to London, UK. Since then he has collaborated with various artists, including Julia Biel, Cleveland Watkiss, Lekan Babalola & Kate Luxmoore, Joe Lewis.

Parallel to leading his Trio with Blendi Dhami and Chris Nickolls, Marco is also part of the Modal Contemporary band Collocutor and the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra.

Marco is an established music teacher, guitar tutor and lecturer. He is the course leader for the Artist Development Programme at the British Academy of new Music in London.

Marco is a dedicated free diver. Exploring the connection with Water and the noble art of Apnea are precious sources of inspiration and development.

 

HIS PROJECT

The Marco Piccioni Trio blends the warm sound of Blues Rock with the Contemporary European Jazz flavours. Original songs and instrumentals drift through fast swing ostinatos, free improvisations, psychedelic shuffles and lazy, melancholic 12bar cycles.
He has worked as a side man and leader since 2003, in New York, Italy and UK.
As a solo artist, he has recorded two albums, “Waterflight”, published by DDE-Records in 2005, and “Far” published independently in 2015.
Marco has collaborated with various UK artists, including Julia Biel, Cleveland Watkiss, Lekan Babalola & Kate Luxmoore.
Parallel to leading his Trio with Blendi Dhami and Chris Nickolls, Marco is also part of the Modal Contemporary band Collocutor by Tamar Osborn, and the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra.

Lydian Blendi Dhami began the study on his first instrument, the cello, at age of 6. He switched to upright bass at age of 12, since then his educational journey led him to a Degree in Jazz Performance from the Phillipos Nakas Conservatory in Greece, and a Bachelor’s Degree in performance and the award of the ”Outstanding Performer” at Berklee College of Music in 2005. In Greece, Albania, United States and the UK Lydian has been in demand, supporting a great number of significant artists. He has performed internationally in Festivals, tours, and worked for television, radio and studios, playing in a variety of styles.

Chris Nickolls started playing the drums at the age of 15 influenced by Rock, Funk and Soul music. He moved to London in 2001 and started to listen to Jazz and World music. Since graduating from the London College of Music in 2004 he has had the fortune to perform and record with Frank Sinatra Jr, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Andy Sheppard, Jason Rebello and Clare Martin, to name a few.  He has performed at many of the top venues in the UK including The Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Ronnie Scott’s, as well as many clubs and festivals throughout the world. Chris also composes, records and produces music from his studio. Some of his work has been featured on TV and online as well as on albums with various artists.