Fabio Pirozzolo is a drummer, multi-percussionist and singer. Originally from Terracina, Italy, he started his career as a folk percussionist, playing Italian frame drums Tamburello and Tammorra in one of the most active folk groups in his area. This experience gave him the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, playing concert and giving lectures on regional Italian frame drums techniques. This experience gave him the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, playing concert and giving lectures on regional Italian frame drums techniques.
A Summa Cum Laude Berklee College of Music graduate, he performs in virtually any genre of music from Jazz to World Music to Rock. He’s the co-founder of the World music ensemble Grand Fatilla and Italian folk music ensemble Newpoli where he plays percussion and sings. Highly in demand both as a drummer and as percussionist, he’s currently the drummer/percussionist for Musaner and Arev Armenian Folk ensemble. His experiences led him to drum for Herb Reed’s Platters, Mario Frangoulis and George Perris amongst other world class performers.
He also collaborates with Berklee College world-class teachers Skip Hadden and Casey Scheuerell. He taught master classes at Berklee and worked at Emerson College and Boston Conservatory as accompanist for dance classes. He’s the author of all the drum transcriptions for Skip Hadden’s drum book “Profiles in Jazz Drumming” and “Broken Eight’s Time Feel”. His transcriptions are also featured on the Italian drum magazines “Batteria e Percussioni”, “Batteria”, “Percussionista” and on Polish drum magazine “Top Drummer”. In 2014, Fabio completed his master in Ethnomusicology at Tufts University. His thesis entitled “Central and Southern Italian Tambourines: Between Tradition an Innovation”, is the first work in English language about Central and Southern Italian tambourines.