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Renzo Spiteri
Hometown: Malta
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Multi-percussion player and drummer Renzo Spiteri is a sought-after independent musician distinguished by his ability of adapting to a wide range of musical styles - jazz to classical, from solo percussion performances to fusion, contemporary, folk and world music. With a professional music career spanning more than 25 years, he has established himself as a leading percussionist, creative artiste and session musician renowned for staging outstanding live performances in concert halls, theatre productions as well as art exhibitions.

Based in Malta (Europe), Renzo’s concert schedules have taken him on a beautiful musical journey across the globe, from Greenwich Village (New York City) to South Korea. He has performed in major festivals (WOMAD, Festival of the Desert, Musica Viva, PASIC) and theatres, and has worked alongside exceptional musicians to the likes of Trilok Gurtu, N’faly Kouyate (Afrocelt Sound System), Guo Yue, Mercan Dede and Mousse Ndaiye (Youssou n’Dour). Through his ongoing World Music Projects, Renzo regularly engages musicians from various ethnic communities to collaborate and create unique musical dialogues. These cross-cultural exchanges and concerts have consistently mesmerised and intrigued audiences, and in 2008 Renzo was appointed Ambassador for the European Union’s campaign “Year for Intercultural Dialogue”.

His creative and inventive approach to challenging projects has earned him high-profile assignments from local entities, foreign diplomatic bodies and international arts councils. He has scored music for the visitors’ audio guide of Hal-Saflieni Hypogeum, Malta (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), performed the contemporary “Sounds Unlimited” during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2005 (presented by The National Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The British Council), presented installation performance “Re:Public” as closing event celebrating Cork (Ireland) as European Cultural Capital, and “Sketches from Home” performed during the Festival of Cultures in Viareggio (Italy) (by invitation of the Italian Ministry of Culture). Locally, Renzo leads his own Latin Jazz Quintet and works very closely with the contemporary Contact Dance Company (Malta), writing music and performing live on stage with the company in Malta and across Europe. He was also featured on a national level in adverts and campaigns to help raise awareness about social issues (Fairtrade, Iniziamed, Inspire – Foundation for Inclusion) and environmental themes (commissioned by the Ministry for the Environment, Malta).

As an educator, Renzo has collaborated with the music departments at Queen’s University (Belfast), University of Iowa (USA) and China Conservatory of Music (Beijing). His residency/research period at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) in Belfast (N. Ireland) highlighted his enthusiasm for more contemporary and experimental presentations of percussive music, merging the resonance of “found objects” and more conventional percussion instruments with live-electronic manipulation. In 2005, he released a solo album with his own original works for percussion. Aptly entitled “This is my language”, the album is a collection of “sketches” using traditional as well as unconventional percussive instruments, and is described by the artiste as “a personal statement, an inner voyage … like an abstract painting, there to be perceived by every individual”.

Renzo is an internationally endorsed artiste for world leading companies Toca Percussion, Paiste Cymbals and Gibraltar Hardware, and is supported by Yamaha Drums and Olimpus Music (Malta).

Renzo Spiteri
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