ABOUT

Biography

Riccardo Chiaberta (Verbania - Italy, 1986) approached music studying piano at the age of 9. He began to study drums and percussions with Davide Merlino in 1999. He graduated in Jazz (Bachelor Degree) with highest honours at the Conservatory “G. Verdi” in Como. He achieved a Masters Degree in Jazz with highest honours at the Conservatory “G. Verdi” in Milan. He studied piano with Ramberto Ciammarughi (Mirsolav Vitous, Randy Brecker, Vinne Collaiuta) from 2007 to 2013, and drums with Fabrizio Sferra (Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Enrico Pieranunzi) from 2010 to 2011. He attended many master-classes and workshops, such as: Siena Jazz, Gregory Hutchinson, John Riley, Roberto Gatto, Massimo Manzi, Mike Manieri, Andrea Dulbecco, Matteo Moretti, Stefano Battaglia and Summer Jazz School di Fara Music. Riccardo played in many jazz festivals such as London Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, Tones on the Stones, MITO Milano, JAZZaltro, Abeat festival, Ah Um Jazz festival and Sarpi in Jazz.His debut album “Lux” has been released in October 2015 by Honolulu records, a label founded by Riccardo together with other seven musicians based in Milan, Brussels and Amsterdam. In December 2018 he released a piano solo album entitled “A Bird Told Me”, a collection of his compositions that shows Riccardo in a new light as a piano player.He is co-leader of Kino Trio, along with Bruno Heinen on piano and Michele Tacchi on electric bass. Babel Label released their debut album “Il Cielo Sopra Berlino” in April 2019.Riccardo is part of the Palestinian singer Reem Kelani’s band and many other contemporary jazz bands such as Dugong, Moonfish, RCT and the alternative rock band Kettle of Kites. He is also part of the Future Changes Quartet led by Paolino Dalla Porta (Pat Metheny, Oregon, Kenny Wheeler), along with Nicolò Ricci on tenor saxophone and Dario Trapani on electric guitar. The debut album “Moonlanding” has been released in November 2016 by Tuk Music, the jazz label led by Paolo Fresu.Riccardo has worked with artists such as Ivo Neame, David Friedman, Andrea Di Biase, Maria Chiara Argirò, Antonio Zambrini, Simone Daclon, Andrea Dulbecco, Simona Severini, Emanuele Cisi, Pietro Tonolo, Tino Tracanna, Achille Succi, Gaetano Partipilo, Guido Bombardieri, Dimitri Grechi Espinoza, Giovanni Falzone, Alberto Mandarini, Marco Decimo, Michele Tacchi, and Michele Caiati amongst others.  h  Riccardo achieved the highest ranks in many Italian jazz contests. He won the first prize at “Chicco Bettinardi Contest 2015”, “Jazz by the Pool Competition 2012”, “Contest Fara Music 2010” (winning a scholarship for best musician) and at “Concorso Percfest 2010”. He won the second prize at “Conad Jazz Contest 2015”, “Conad Jazz Contest 2014” and “Conad Jazz Contest 2013” of Umbria Jazz, and at “Jimmy Woode Contest” of Tuscia in Jazz 2013. Riccardo Chiaberta is endorser of Bosphorus Cymbals.

PIANO SOLO

 "A Bird Told Me" represents a collection of compositions written over the past 8 years and it shows Riccardo in a new light as a piano player.All compositions by Riccardo Chiaberta except "A Bird Told Me" by Dario Trapani and "Dolce Sorriso" by Giovanni Chiaberta.Tape-recorded by Pierluigi Ballarin in December 2017 and performed in Verbania, Riccardo's hometown in the North of Italy, on the upright piano which belonged to his grandfather. Cover photo by Dario Chiaberta.

 

NIRGUNA

 Nirguna is a sextet led by the drummer and they play his compositions.They released the debut album “Lux” for the label Honolulu Records in October 2015. Achille Succi – alto sax/bass clarinetNicolò Ricci – tenor saxDario Trapani – guitarLorenzo Blardone – piano/rhodesMarco Rottoli – double bassRiccardo Chiaberta – drums/arrangements "Riccardo Chiaberta has done something rather unusual in today's hyper technical jazz climate. He has made a sublime recording in which sophisticated compositional and instrumental devices are put entirely at the service of a naturally flowing and heartfelt musical offering. Lux puts melody in front, something unusual for a recording led by a drummer, and something that also explains why Chiaberta's drumming balances so effectively the role of support and direction."Gregory Burk "I met Riccardo at the Conservatory in Milan and has been my student for two years. I immediately appreciated his technical skills, his rare musical sensitivity so I early involved him in my trio. His great quality as human being was another surprise, valuable in sharing and enriching my musical project. I recently discovered his great qualities as a leader and composer, beautifully expressed in "Nirguna". Given his remarkable musical culture, I imagined he had also these qualities but a first release of this level was for me a great discovery."Tino Tracanna (Director of Jazz Faculty at the Conservatory in Milan)     

OTHER PROJECTS:

 DugongKettle of KitesKino TrioReem KelaniPaolino dalla Porta Future ChangesRCTMoonfish

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Upcoming | Archive: 2019 2018
  • Sat
    20
    Jul
    2019

    Kino Trio @ The Bear Club

    Luton, UK

  • Tue
    30
    Jul
    2019

    Ruta Di Trio @ Pizza Express, Holborn

    London, UK

  • Sun
    18
    Aug
    2019

    Moonfish @ Greenwich Peninsula

    London, UK

  • Fri
    30
    Aug
    2019

    Marcella Malacrida 4et @ Sursum Corda

    Pallanza, VB (Italy)

  • Wed
    04
    Sep
    2019

    Kettle of Kites @ Birrificio La Ribalta

    Milano, IT

  • Fri
    06
    Sep
    2019

    Kettle of Kites @ The Hug and Pint

    Glasgow, UK

  • Sun
    08
    Sep
    2019

    Kettle of Kites @ Zigfrid Von Underbelly

    London, UK

  • Sat
    05
    Oct
    2019

    Honolulu Orchestra @ TBC

    TBC

  • Sun
    06
    Oct
    2019

    Moonfish @ Green Note

    London, UK

  • Sun
    13
    Oct
    2019

    Kino Trio @ Southampton Modern Jazz Club

    Southampton, UK

  • Tue
    15
    Oct
    2019

    Moonfish + Alex Hitchcock @ Cable Cafe

    London, UK

  • Tue
    12
    Nov
    2019

    Dugong @ Kansas Smitty's

    8:30pm

    London, UK

  • Wed
    13
    Nov
    2019

    Dugong @ Flute and Tankard

    9pm

    Cardiff, UK

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2019

    Dugong @ Future Inn

    8:30pm

    Bristol, UK

  • Fri
    15
    Nov
    2019

    Maria Chiara Argirò meets Dugong @ The Crypt

    9pm

    London, UK

  • Thu
    21
    Nov
    2019

    Kettle of Kites @ Volta

    20:00

    Bruxelles, BE

  • Sun
    24
    Nov
    2019

    Moonfish + Alex Hitchcock @ Royal Albert (Deptford)

    8pm

    London, UK

  • Thu
    05
    Dec
    2019

    Moonfish @ Two Spoons

    8pm

    London, UK

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Teaching

He offers one to one lessons in Manor House in a studio or at students' home, for both beginners and more advanced drummers. He teaches jazz, rock, funk, world drumming.

TESTIMONIALS

 "Riccardo is an exceptional musician, patient teacher and inspirer, someone like few. One year attendancing of our family and he left an indelible mark. I recommend him to everyone."Carmelo Carbotti "Riccardo has been a great teacher to me. He was organised and made me improve quickly, and he was always ready to help me for whatever i needed or asked. He gave me loads of hints to listen and find inspiration, and most of all he's been a guru in teaching me how to feel the music, the groove, the connection with the other players and the sound of the drums."Loris Mazza "My encounter with Riccardo was first of all as an observer. I began to follow him as a member of the audience at his concerts and I always took home precious elements, sources of inspiration and practical tips for my personal work on the instrument. After choosing to study jazz drums at the Conservatory, I decided to spend a year developing my skills and started studying with him.Riccardo immediately conveyed his great passion and visceral love for this genre which has no bounds, especially today. Starting with technical studies on the instrument and by listening to the giants of this genre, I began to reach my first goals and to deepen my knowledge lesson after lesson. I was guided step by step without ever overlooking any of the basics of instrumental technique, of listening and interacting with improvised music; an interaction that inevitably involves the analysis of structures and interpretive styles.Riccardo is not just a drummer, he's a full-fledged musician. He doesn’t stop at the physicality of the instrument but he uses its knowledge as his greatest asset to create and interact with music, to teach and pass on his knowledge, to give advice and suggest paths of work.This peculiar characteristic of his allowed me to study elements of jazz harmony and piano technique with him, both essential to study at the Conservatory.I infinitely thank Riccardo for everything he has taught me, for everything he teaches me and for everything he will teach me."Andrea Cocco

TEACHING EXPERIENCES

 He has been teaching drums, percussion and piano privately since 2009.He has been teaching drums at Harris City Academy (Secondary school) in London since 2016 (UK).In 2015, he taught drums and percussions at the secondary school in Verbania (Italy).From 2011 to 2015, he taught drums at the music school "Ente Musicale di Verbania" (Italy).In 2010, he taught drums and percussion at the music association "Estro Armonico di Stresa" (Italy).From 2008 to 2009 he taught drums and piano at the "Cultural Association Oltremusica", Como (Italy).

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