Born: April 2, 1974 Primary Instrument: Congas
From Nice, France, percussionist Philippe Ciminato is a versatile independent musician who has performed worldwide with internationally acclaimed artists such as Salena Jones, Indra Lesmana, Horacio EL NEGRO Hernandez, Toninho Horta, Steve Thornton, Lenny Castro, Gerald Albright, Dwiki Dharmawan & the World Peace Orchestra, Baba Sissoko, Guy Strazz, Andy Suzuki, Alonso Gonzalez & Jazz Latino, Martin Denev, Joe Rosenberg, Mounir Troudi, Kamal Mussalam, Mimmo Cafiero, Lica Cecato and many other wonderful musicians.
Philippe is now performing in Europe with Massimo Scalici y Orquesta Sicula Sabrosa, Jean-Luc Danna Septet, Mazamorra Mimmo Cafiero's Open Jazz Orchestra.
Philippe's newest release (January 2010) is the album Collective Messkeepers (Demajors/Indie) with his modern Jazz quintet TAO KOMBO.
Philippe has left his hometown in 1996 to travel the world extensively as interests of other cultures led him to learn the Indonesian Gamelan music, Brazilian and West-African traditions. Having completed his academic studies of classical and contemporary/Jazz Music majoring in Afro-Cuban percussion and hand drumming techniques, Philippe applies this rich heritage of influences on percussion instruments from all over the world. To his own compositions, for various projects, styles and instrumentation, for Sharing, Exploring, Freedom of expression... Peace, Light, Love & Joy !
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Experienced in Europe and South-East Asia, teaching at Institut Musik Daya Indonesia, La Bottega delle Percussioni, Palermo, Italy... With dedication and fun, teaching based from the Afro-Cuban modern school of hand techniques and academic methods of pedagogy, Philippe Ciminato transmits the concepts of hand drumming to apply to any other percussion instruments, helping the student to develop his/her own identity through strong techniques, knowledge of Afro Latin rhythms and creativity.