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About Ruben Bellavia

Drummer and Classical Percussionist

Born in 1985, Ruben Bellavia is a very versatile drummer on the Italian musical scene.

In 2017 he has been invited from the Berklee College of Music to present his innovative method of practicing inspired by Tony Williams.

In 1993 he founded the rock band Ossi Duri, presently considered one of the best bands to play Frank Zappa’s repertoire with a lot of important collaborations. After getting his Bachelor Degree in Classical Percussions at the Conservatory in Torino he started studying jazz drumming seriously. Since 2009 he’s been working with some of the most influential musicians on the Italian and International jazz scene. In 2011 the jazz trio leaded by the pianist Fabio Giachino (of which he is drummer) was founded. Since then they have won several International prizes. In 2016 he was ranked in the top 10 of Italian Jazz Drummers and in third position with the Fabio Giachino Trio in the band section from the readers pool of the Jazzit Magazine.

HAS PLAYED AND RECORDED WITH

Antonio Faraò 4tet, Nguyen Le, Fabio Giachino Trio, Miroslav Vitous, Gavino Murgia 4tet, Fabrizio Bosso, Javier Girotto, David Pastor 4tet, Rosario Giuliani, Maurizio Giammarco, Mark Nightingale, Tineke Postma, Dave Burrel, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Ike Willis, David Surkamp, Gabriele Mirabassi, Enrico Pieranunzi, Emanuele Cisi, Furio di Castri, Mattia Cigalini, Bruno Tommaso, Rita Marcotulli, Bebo Ferra, Mauro Negri.

DISCOGRAPHY

2004: “X” – Ten Years after, Uncle Frank never left Ossi Duri (Electromantic music) 

2005: “Gnam Gnam” Ossi Duri + Elio (Electromantic music) 

2006: “L’ultimo dei miei cani” Ossi Duri (Electromantic music) 

2006: “Torino Jazz Lab Live at Cavallerizza” (Musica90) 

2008: “LA IV” Film DVD Ossi Duri (LaZaRiMus) 

2008: “Orchestra di Porta Palazzo” (Folk Club Etnosuoni) 

2009: “Scadenza Perfetta” Ossi Duri (LaZaRiMus) 

2012: “Introducing Myself” Fabio Giachino Trio feat Rosario Giuliani (Musicamdo) 

2012: “Quantum Discord” Andrea Manzoni Trio (altriSuoni) 

2013: “Senza Perdere la Tenerezza” Ossi Duri (LaZaRiMus) 

2013: “riCoverati” Ossi Duri (LaZaRiMus) 

2013: “Frankamente” Ossi Duri (LaZaRiMus) 

2013: “Marco Tardito – Eleven, undici solfeggi futuristi” (CMC Records) 

2014: “Jumble Up” Fabio Giachino Trio (aBeat Records) 

2014: “Porta Palace Collective” (Rudi Records) 

2015: “Vocalese” Angelica Matveeva (Chan Puma House) 

2015: “Blazar” Fabio Giachino Trio (aBeat Records) 

2015: “TrioMonne” feat Nguyen Le (LaZaRiMus)

David Garibaldi

“I first saw Ruben’s performance of “ Walkin’” on Facebook and was blown away by it on a few levels. The transcription alone is quite a task, then to expose Tony’s language and rhythmic devices, but to then play along makes this an even greater accomplishment. If you close your eyes and listen, it’s Tony playing along with himself! This is what happens when someone gets excited about something and then starts reaching. Very inspiring. Bravo e complimenti Ruben…!!!”

Mike Clark

“I just watched a video of Ruben Bellavia playing, note for note, Tony Williams’ performance in Miles Davis’ Four and More. This is not only a labor of love, but an extremely difficult task. This recording has been a mainstay of my listening experience since the album came out in 1963 so I know it very well. That said, Ruben is not only totally accurate but he also was able to tune his drums to sound exactly like Tony Williams. I was amazed at how he copped Williams’ cymbal feel, which I have heard many others try, unsuccessfully. This effort required diligence, knowledge, and artistry. Doing all of that, and then playing it with the right feel – well, that’s just amazing.”

John Ramsay

“After contacting Ruben and receiving a copy of his transcription fully notated with articulations, mixed meters and accurate notation I realized that Ruben was no ordinary drummer. To possess the skills necessary to first of all, hear and then accurately notate the entire recording of walking is truly remarkable. There’re only a small number of people in the world who possess the kind of skills necessary to undertake a work like this and an even fewer number of those who would possess the patience to see it through to completion. (…) Ruben is not only remarkable for his technical and pedagogical skills but for his playing skills as well. To play a Tony Williams transcription and particularly one at this tempo note for note is a lofty goal indeed. Few have been able to do it and even fewer are able to do it with this level of accuracy. On Ruben’s YouTube video it is virtually impossible to distinguish between Tony’s sound and Ruben sound. This is a remarkable achievement”