Salvo Russo biography

Salvo Russo, an eclectic Neapolitan musician and composer, earned a diploma in piano at the “S. Pietro a Majella” Conservatory in Naples.

He studied flamenco piano with David Peña Dorantes at the “Escuela Internacional de Música Clásica y Flamenco” in Utrera (Spain).

Salvo Russo is a body percussion teacher and instructor, who regularly holds training courses about body music and musical didactics, both in Italy and abroad.

He is part of the faculty of teachers and performers of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (USA) as a Body Percussion coach at the Chicago Rhythm World 29.5.

He works for many Conservatories, Associations, Musical and Dramatic Academies and Schools, amongst which: Chicago Human Rhythm Project (USA), COSA (China Orff Schulwerk Association), Shanghai Music Education Group (CHINA), Orff Music and Art World (TAIWAN), Nanny Owl Company and U-hu Researce Center St. Petersburg (RUSSIA), BoMed Bedenden Oyuna Istanbul (TURKEY), International Festival of Creative Musical Pedagogy Kiev (UKRAINE), Chigiana Academy (ITALY), Glazbena udruga Opus Musical Academy of Zagabria (CROATIA), Italian Cultural Institute in Athens (GREECE), “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Turin (ITALY), IDA (International Dance Association) in Ravenna (ITALY), Alma Edizioni, a publishing house in Rome (ITALY) and more… 

Salvo Russo has been a member of the All Stars U.S.A. Cast 2019 in Antalya (TURKEY), together with STOMP’s Khalid Freeman and Keith Middleton, beside many other artists from the Cirque du Soleil crew, under the artistic direction of Giulio Scatola.

He is part of the Clarinet and Body Percussion Project, created by the clarinettist Alessandro Carbonare, with whom he made his debut during the 2017 International Festival and Summer Academy of the Accademia Chigiana, in partnership with the University of Siena.

He has founded and directs Flamenco Tango Neapolis (FTN), a project born in 2010 which aims to link the sounds of the Neapolitan classic tradition with flamenco and Argentinian tango, through the music and the dance, creating an original fusion of different styles. FTN has attracted the interest of critics and large audiences, and has been performed in many important festivals and music events in Italy and abroad, some of which are: “The Concerts in the Park” at Casa del Jazz in Rome, Ankara Flamenko Festival, Narnia Festival, La Mama Spoleto Open, Muntagninjazz Festival, Festival Duni, Florence Dance Festival, Flamenco Tango Jazz, Folkest and many more… 

Salvo Russo has published two discographic works: Encanto and Viento. He also produced three theater shows: Encanto, Viento – Da Napoli a Siviglia… a Buenos Aires and Arrassusìa, all of which feature original songs and arrangements by him. 

The list of artists and musicians he’s been working together with includes: Khalid Freeman, Keith Middleton, Giulio Scatola, Emilio Cornejo, Cristiana Pegoraro, Alessandro Carbonare, Irma Cardano, Mvula Sungani, Samuel Peron, Samanta Togni, Mariano Manzella, Ricardo Diaz, Carmen Gamero, Maite Olivares, Rosa Angeles Garcia Clavijo, Caterina Lucia Costa, Sergio Javier, Alejandro Villaescusa, Milagro Acustico, Camerata Strumentale Campana, Fondazione William Walton, Ondanueve String Quartet.

List of publications: 

  • Encanto with the Flamenco Tango Neapolis Project
  • Viento with the Flamenco Tango Neapolis Project 
  • Marmocchi musicali – Nuove idee musicali per bambini della scuola dell’infanzia e della scuola primaria 
  • Body Percussion – Proposte didattiche, brani ed esercizi per la musica del corpo 

He’s also working on new publications to be soon announced.

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