Paolo Ricca Bio
Pianista, tastierista, compositore ed arrangiatore dopo gli studi classici consegue nel ’90 il Diploma Superiore in pianoforte jazz al CPM di Milano con Franco D’Andrea, proseguendo in seguito gli studi con Riccardo Zegna.
Ha all’attivo migliaia di concerti in festival, teatri e clubs in Italia ed all’estero collaborando con centinaia di artisti italiani ed internazionali .
Ha partecipato a più di 100 pubblicazioni discografiche in qualità di compositore , arrangiatore e strumentista.
E’ da poco stato pubblicato il terzo Cd del suo Paolo Ricca Group, “Mumble” che segue i precedenti “Batik” (segnalato come “Miglior disco dell’anno” nell’annuale referendum fra i giornalisti musicali italiani tenuto dalla rivista “Musica e dischi” ) e “Volcano”, e che vede la partecipazione come ospite di una leggenda del jazz-rock inglese, il chitarrista John Etheridge (Soft Machine).
Realizza inoltre musiche per produzioni teatrali (Stefano Benni, Angela Finocchiaro) cinematografiche (Mimmo Calopresti, Silvio Soldini, Simona Ercolani, F. Patierno) e per la RAI.
Svolge inoltre un’intensa attività didattica collaborando con Istituti musicali pubblici e privati.
Collabora con la rivista musicale svizzera Plug n’ Play con la pubblicazione di suoi articoli didattici nella sezione Masterclass – Piano e tastiere.
Born in 1963 in Turin, Italy, Paolo began studying classical piano at an early age. He continued his studies, and as a young man, expanded into the realm of jazz performance and composition at the noted Centro Professione Musica in Milan, under the tutelage of Franco D'Andrea.
It was there that he earned his Diploma Superiore and shortly thereafter, in the early 80's, began his professional carreer.
In just a few years, he performed in well over 2000 concerts and festivals all over Europe, simultaneously building a solid reputation as a studio musician.
He would collaborate with such notables as John Etheridge (Soft Machine) David Cross (King Crimson), Arthur Miles, F. Boltro, Furio Chirico,Lee Brown, La Verne Jackson, J. Silveira, M. Samba (from Joe Zawinul's Sindycate), M. Orza, Dee D. Jackson and many others.
Later on, he met and played with numerous Latin American artists, among them Moncada, Ruben Rada (cofounder with Airto Moreira of the group Opa), Luzia Santana, Trasluz and others.
He frequently played with these artists in scores of major Latin-American music festivals.
His interest in new technologies, computers, sequencers, looping, sampling, all served to spark his interest in studio work, which includes engineering, recording, as well as arranging and composing.
He has worked for major recording companies, producing music not only from Italy, but on an international level.
As can readily be seen, Paolo has been very active in virtually every aspect of the music business, even as an educator, teaching piano, theory, harmony, and composition to numerous students, in both public and private schools.
He also produces music for theatrical productions (Stefano Benni, Angela Finocchiaro) cinematographic (Mimmo Calopresti, Silvio Soldini, Simona Ercolani, F. Patierno) and for RAI, the national network.
He collaborates with the Swiss music magazine Plug n 'Play with the publication of his educational articles in the Masterclass - Piano and keyboard section.
The third CD of his Paolo Ricca Group is out, "Mumble" which follows the previous "Batik" (reported as "Best record of the year" in the annual referendum among Italian music journalists held by the magazine "Musica e dischi" ) and "Volcano", which sees the participation as a guest of an English jazz-rock legend, the guitarist John Etheridge (Soft Machine).