Giuseppe Paradiso is a drummer, recording artist and composer active both as a bandleader of MERIDIAN 71, a world-jazz music project based in Boston, as well as a freelance recording and live musician across different music genres.
As a leader, Giuseppe has released two albums: Otherness Collection in 2012 and Metropolitan Sketches in 2020, both featuring his original music and the Meridian 71 project. His third album Parallel Dimensions, coming up in Spring 2022, is a project supported by a LIVE ARTS BOSTON 2020 grant from THE BOSTON FOUNDATION, a grant from the MAYOR’S OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURE AND THE CITY OF BOSTON, and support by ROBERT DAVOLI & EILEEN MCDONAGH.
Born in Santeramo in Colle (Bari, Italy) in 1983, Giuseppe started his musical studies on drums at the age of five years old. In 2007, he graduated with full marks and honors from the Italian conservatory of music N. Piccinni in Percussion Instruments, where he also studied mallets, classical piano for eight years and the Contemporary & Experimental Composition program (five years); successively, in 2011 he graduated with magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) in Performance, drum set.
His international collaborations across a wide variety of music genres include seven-time Latin Grammy-award Javier Limón; Grammy-award Arto Tuncboyaciyan (Peter Gabriel, Chet Baker, Joe Zawinul); pioneer guitarist David Fiuczynski (Jack Dejohnette, Jo Jo Mayer); Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari; jazz trumpeter Phil Grenadier (John Scofield, Kenny Barron, Steve Swallow); Marco Pignataro (Director of the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College); four-time Grammy-award Oscar Stagnaro; jazz bassist John Lockwood (Gary Burton, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard); award-winning Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh (Yo Yo Ma) and Chinese virtuoso Yazhi Guo; British songwriter William Topley; gospel artist Gabriel Eziashi; Italian artists Cettina Donato, Vince Abbracciante, Mario Rosini, Vito Di Modugno, Daniele Sepe.
Over the past two decades, Giuseppe has performed at major international venues, festivals and institutions such as Panama Jazz Festival (Panama City); Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI); as a soloist at Les Journee de la Percussion at Conservatoire Superior de Paris (France) and the Equinox Music Festival at Berklee College, where he premiered his composition, commissioned for the same festival. Other performances include Festival Duni (Matera, Italy), Teatro Piccinni and Stadium San Nicola (Bari, Italy); Percussion Days at the Conservatory G.B. Pergolesi (Fermo, Italy); Museum of Fine Arts, Northeastern University, Harvard University and Agganis Arena at Boston University; Public Theater (New York City, NY); Turkish Embassy of Washington D.C.; Regatta Bar Jazz Club (Cambridge, MA), Gregory’s Jazz Club (Rome, Italy), to name a few.
Since 2021, Giuseppe Paradiso is a voting member of the Recording Academy.