cesare pastanella & pippo d'ambrosio

This project was born as a result of twenty years of collaboration between the two percussionists in numerous musical contexts.
During this period it delineates the feeling between two different personalities, united by the deepened research of rhythmic and musical traditions of other cultures and by the love for improvisation, lived as a time to communicate using different languages.
The Middle East and India of Pippo D'Ambrosio come together in harmony and musicality with Cuba, South America and Africa of Cesare Pastanella, meeting in the common area of the Mediterranean, their place of origin.
From this mixing comes a performance of sacred and secular rhythms, rich in nuances, ranging from Eastern meditation and spirituality, to African and South American corporal impulsivity to arrive, finally, to the Mediterranean solarity.

Cesare Pastanella: percussions, voice, loops, electronics
Pippo D'Ambrosio: percussions, drums

Compositions: Pippo D’Ambrosio, Cesare Pastanella

cesare pastanella afrodiaspora

Melodies, rhythms and words in between West Africa and America, to go back musically to the tracks of the African Diaspora, present in most of today's music on both sides of the Atlantic sea.
Acoustic performances, enthralling and evocative Afro-Cuban, Cape Verde's, Malian and Afro-Peruvian songs and compositions, infused with traditional, urban and modern influences.
The sinuous and delicate singing intertwines with the passion of the acoustic guitar and the energy of the rhythmic section formed by double bass and Afro-American percussion.

Rosanna D'Ecclesiis: voice
Nando Di Modugno: classical, acoustic and synth guitar
Francesco Cinquepalmi: double bass, electric bass, Venezuelan cuatro, background vocals
Cesare Pastanella: percussions, voice, background vocals




Photo Arcangela Cicolecchia

kaleido sea

An imaginary sea where different colors, sounds and musical cultures meet, each time forming new polychrome figures. This is the place of invention where the different musical experiences and sensitivities of Vito Ottolino (guitars), Vincenzo “Viz” Maurogiovanni (bass) and Cesare Pastanella (percussions) are combined, eclectic artists and prolific educators.
Apulia is their land of origin and like this magnificent and variegated territory, geographically exposed to seas and winds, historically to invasions and migrations from every direction, their music is the ideal place for the creation of a fusion of Mediterranean sounds, Afro-American rhythms and sound mixtures that reveal jazzy taste and European harmony.
The repertory of the trio presents original compositions that range from dreamlike episodes to the succession of pressing rhythms, tracks that will be included in the next album.

Vito Ottolino : classical and acoustic guitar
Vincenzo Maurogiovanni: electric bass
Cesare Pastanella: percussions

Compositions: Vito Ottolino, Vincenzo Maurogiovanni, Cesare Pastanella

Photo Niccolà Testino
Photo Mimmo Terenzio

aldo de palma & cesare pastanella

The encounter between the original and floating Aldo De Palma’s guitar and the overwhelming and delicate Cesare Pastanella’s percussions began during the long collaboration of the two musicians in the project Tavernanova.
Their music is defined world, where percussions and rhythms of African, South American and Mediterranean extraction, blend naturally to the contemporary music of a guitar that combines classical touch and sounds filtered electronically.
In this way comes to life a fascinating weaving of original compositions, rich of manifold dynamic nuances, ethereal melodies and harmonies, where the acoustic sound lives constantly with a discreet use of electronics.

Aldo De Palma: guitars, loops
Cesare Pastanella: percussions, voice, electronics

Compositions: Aldo De Palma, Cesare Pastanella