Enzo Zirilli's Zirobop

Biography Enzo Zirilli's Zirobop

Enzo Zirilli's Zirobop

Enzo Zirilli
is considered one of the most creative and versatile drummers/percussionists of the last generation, within the international world of contemporary music. Since 1990, when he began as a professional, his collaborations have been considerable in the fields of Jazz, Pop and World Music.

In 2004, Enzo moved to London where he immediately established himself as one of the most in-demand musicians on the London scene. He has collaborated with a broad range of artists, including Dado Moroni, Enrico Pieranunzi, Jim Mullen, George Garzone, Tom Harrell, Bob Mintzer, Ian Shaw, Omar Lye Fook, Gloria Gaynor, Hamish Stuart, Liane Carroll, Flavio Boltro, Nico Di Battista, James Moody, Gary Bartz, Peter Bernstein, Marco Pereira, Antonio Forcione, Gilad Atzmon, Brandon Allen, Tony Kofi, Quentin Collins, Stan Sulzmann, John Etheridge and Jason Rebello.

Enzo formed ZiroBop, his own band, in 2013 with rising star guitarists Rob Luft and Alessandro Chiappetta, along with the gifted bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado. Enzo returned to Italy and Turin (his home town) in 2020, following his appointment as professor of Jazz Drums and Percussion Chair at the Conservatory G.Verdi. In Bruino, Italy, Ten Past Never was recorded on 9th April 2023.

Enzo describes the project: “ZiroBop was born in 2013 in London, when I met the very talented Rob Luft, Alessandro Chiappetta and Misha Mullov-Abbado. The music we play on this album, like in the previous two, mirrors my idea and our collective idea of playing music at 360 degrees, getting deep inside all the jazz languages, from the very early days through the modal and post avant-garde mood, mixed with influences from Indian, South American and eastern world music.”

Rob Luft is an award-winning 28-year-old jazz guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Italian guitarist Alessandro Chiappetta is a sought-after musician in his country, while London-based multiple prize-winning bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado rounds out the quartet.

Enzo continues: “Apart from our own original compositions, you can find songs by Steve Swallow, Keith Jarrett, Charlie Mariano, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Hermeto Pascoal, Charlie Parker, as well as Enrico Pieranunzi, with whom I have been collaborating for more than 20 years, and the late Italian songwriter Pino Daniele. I love combining energy and power with just pure, beautiful melody.”

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