Stefano Grasso, drums and percussions
Stefano Grasso (1992) is a drummer and contemporary percussionist based in Milan.
As both drummer and percussionist, he has had the luck of meeting many musicians he admires a lot, taking part to many different and challenging projects in various musical genres (classical and contemporary music, jazz, punk-rock, songwriting, improvised music and what’s between all of this; among them: Alberto N. A. Turra, Claudio Fasoli, Francesco Zago, Raffaele Kohler, Mario Forte, Federico Calcagno, Centolanza, Alex Levine, Yuval Avital, Bill Whitley, Pulsar Ensemble, Deaf Kaky Chumpy, Goodbye Kings, BlueRing Improvisers and others). With some of this bands he has performed in clubs and festival around Italy and Europe (Czech Republic, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Danmark). He features more than 25 albums as sideman, released from italian labels (Emme Record, JazzIt, Felmay, Setola di Maiale, Squilibri Editore, La Stanza Nascosta, Appaloosa, Overdrive Records) and foreign labels (Chant Records, Ravello Records, AUT Records, Habitable Records), plus a self-released album as bandleader (2018).Among this albums, Claudio Fasoli’s Next was awarded as best Jazz Album of 2021 from the magazine Musica Jazz; From Another Planet (Federico Calcagno & The Dolphians) and Stories (Deaf Kaki Chumpy) were nominated in the 100 best albums jazz of 2019 and 2018 according to the magazine JazzIt; Zehra from the duo H’UM was nominated in the 10 best electro-acustic albums of 2021 according to the renown webzine Percorsi Musicali.
Aside his activity of performer, he works as class musician for dancers and as composer for theater (Una Vita a Matita, Un po’ di più, Prometeo?).
In Milan, he completed a Bachelor in Timpani and Percussion at Civica Scuola Claudio Abbado (2019) and graduated with Honorable Mention at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in a Master Program in contemporary and improvised music with teacher Andrea Dulbecco, focusing on vibraphone and marimba (2022).Aside his academic studies, he has studied drums and world percussions with musicians he deeply estimates, as Jim Black, Tiziano Tononi, Gilson SIlveira, Alberto Pederneschi, Giorgio Di Tullio.He’s curently pursuing his personal approach to music/drums/percussion, studying on his own and contaminating and cultivating his thoughts through the ideas and approaches of the many musicians he is very happy to work with.SInce 2020 he is taking a lot of care in coordinating the activity of Collettivo Conserere, a collective based in Milan organizing monthly improvised music sessions and workshops.