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Massimo Discepoli (aka Nheap) is a drummer, composer and drum teacher, based in Perugia (central Italy). He studied and attended masterclasses with Dave Weckl, Terry Bozzio, Alex Acuna, Kim Plainfield, Ron Savage, Pat Petrillo, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Lonnie Smith, Michel Camilo, Bruno Erminero, Mercurio Marco, Francesco Boccacci, Marco Pellegrini. As drummer, he plays in every kind of musical project, both live and in studio, from jazz to rock. In 2005, with Jacopo Bazzarri (vibes) e Francesco Fabbri (Hammond organ), he starts the Vibrham trio, and in 2006 theyrecord the trio's first CD, “Vibrham”, internationally distributed by Effemusic and featuring some of Massimo's own compositions

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on “Flying and the silence”:

“Overall, what attracts me most is the fluidity of the rhythms, their being suspended in mid-air, heedless of the Earth's gravity.” NetMusic Life

“An album to love viscerally, to listen and listen, that I would call “dreamy”, because of its hypnotic qualities and for that feeling of bliss that infuses” Audiofollia

“I immediately got caught by the relaxing mood but above all the warm sound of the Fender Rhodes piano that features on many tracks besides a whole range of other keyboards and synths. It surprised me that Massimo is originally a drummer though, a job he also does very tasteful.” Spotlight On

“Overall, what attracts me most is the fluidity of the rhythms, their being suspended in mid-air, heedless of the Earth's gravity.” NetMusic Life

“Primary colors” selected as “MP3 of the Day” by All About Jazz

“Wandering” featured on Syndae

on “Clouds under the table”:

“”Clouds under the table” is an excellent and eclectic work, with countless influences[...]a never boring instrumental album that offers surprises after many listening” NetMusic Life

“One of the best electronica album i heard this autumn.” Yamanote Dreams

“A vibrant and rich sonic color palette combined with soul shaking melodies and a live drum set move this music to a post rock/jazz fusion line where it music rests comfortably while creating an ambient pulse.[...]Clouds Under The Table is a well thought out and impeccably performed sonic food for the visceral as well as the cerebral” @Critical Jazz

“[...]an impressive consolidation of Discepoli’s distinctive sound.” Leonard's Lair

“I can only agree with the statement that creative music can also be warm, for instance, if to regard Massimo Discepoli`s 8-piece brand new one” Recent music heroes

“Relaxing, but very thoughtful at the same time, recommended” Hidden Vibes Community

“Rides” featured as “Download of the day” on AllAboutJazz

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on “Skymotion”:

selected as one of “The Best Albums of 2009” by Leonard's Lair

selected as one of “The Best Instrumental Albums of 2009” by Hold the Throne

Hldrrr “Today's free MP3” on 16/10/2009 on All about jazz

“Jazz, ambient and electronica just made a baby, and it’s pretty good!”Subba-cultcha

“Skymotion is a delightfully atmospheric record which combines jazz, post-rock and electronic music into something wonderfully warm and intelligent

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