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88 is a qualified and awarded pianist. Repertoire includes jazz, ambient, blues, neoromantic, classical, ragtime and early jazz music.
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88 is a polyhedric musician whose repertoire includes jazz, ambient, blues, ragtime, neoromantic, minimal, classical and early jazz music of the 20s and 30s, also his own music in experimental jazz style.  He plays works of names like Chilly Gonzales, Michael Nyman, Enya, Giovanni Allevi, Ludovico Einaudi, Scott Joplin, Dave Grusin, Dave Brubeck as well as the most famous classical composers, and his service is ideal for corporate events, vine tasting events, weddings cocktails, civil ceremonies and receptions in London an allover UK. He performed in UK and overseas, collecting great success and being extimated as a very communicative and charismatic musician. Great worldwide personalities such as Héctor Ulises Passarella, Rodion Shchedrin, Frederic Rzewski, Yoshiko Okada and others have appreciated him both as a fine composer and a pianist, with an excellent consideration of his talent. 88 is a professional, qualified pianist (Mmus) and composer (Bmus) and was the winner of ‘On Piano Creativity’ Permanent International Contest and scholarship in 2000. From 2015 he is also an appointed juror of the WPTA International Piano Competition (member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation). He studied at Conservatoires of Fermo and Milan, Incontri col Maestro, Academy of Imola and École de Musique Mozart in Bruxelles with the several great masters. Numerous experiences with improvisation and experimentations in various genres like modern classic, ambient, jazz and psychedelic led him to create a brand new style he called 'Molecular Jazz'. This colorful, rhythmical and highly contaminated music treats genres such as acid-jazz, deep house, lounge, fusion, funk, latin and grunge as they were classic large form genres. The same that Chopin, Janacek, Bartok and Kodaly did with folk music of their own respective countries, yet now the 'country' is the world itself, with its huge variety of popular music genres.

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88's Reviews

From Encore customers:

6 years ago
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5 out of 5

88 the pianist was a wonderful addition to our awards event - great ambient repetoire, and very accommodating and patient throughout. Thank you!

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Simone P
8 years ago, for a Wedding in Province of Fermo
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4 out of 5

88 is an excellent pianist. He played during our wedding cocktail and we were very satisfied. Me and my wife higly recommend his services. Luckily we found him and everything went very well. Thanks again!

Cinzia L
11 years ago, for a Wedding in 63822 Porto San Giorgio
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5 out of 5

88 played at our wedding and was truly amazing! He is an incredible musician! He is extremely professional, played at the right time when the guests were sitting between courses. He also dedicated us a surprise song! The equipment was great too and music not too loud. He has an amazing talent and passion for music. Having him to play at your event will make it very special and will add the elegant touch for you special day. Thank you very much, 88!

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88's Song list

It is possible to choose from any of the following repertoires or create a multigenre playlist at your own preference.
- Giovanni Allevi: Ti Scrivo (3:00)
- Giovanni Allevi: Come sei veramente (6:00)
- Giovanni Allevi: Go with the flow (3:30)
- Giovanni Allevi: Back to Life (4:30)
- Giovanni Allevi: Monolocale 7.30 a.m. (3:30)
- Giovanni Allevi: Il Nuotatore (3:30)
- Giovanni Allevi: Aria (5:00)
- Galdson: Life is good (2:30)
- Galdson: I believe in you (2:30)
- Galdson: Learning to live (5:00)
(total duration: 39mins)
- Ludovico Einaudi: Le Onde (5:30)
- Ludovico Einaudi: Onde corte (3:30)
- Ludovico Einaudi: I Giorni (6:00)
- Michael Nyman: The heart asks pleasure first (from the movie "The Piano") (3:30)
- Wim Martens: Struggle for Pleasure* (4'00'')
- Enya: Watermark (2:30)
(total duration: 25mins)
- Dave Grusin: Memphis Stomp (from the movie "The Firm") (3:30)
- Dave Grusin: Mountain Dance* (3:30)
- Alan Silvestri: Forrest Gump theme (Feather theme) (2:00)
- Michael Nyman: The heart asks pleasure first (from the movie "The Piano") (3:30)
Wim Martens: Struggle for Pleasure* (4'00'')
- Yann Tiersen: La Valse d’Amélie (from the movie “Amélie”) (2:30)
- Yann Tiersen: Comptine d’un autre ete (from the movie “Amélie”) (2:30)
- Yann Tiersen: L’autre Valse d’Amélie (from the movie “Amélie”) (1:30)
- Yann Tiersen: Porz Goret (from the movie “Hurricane”) (4:30)
- John Addison: Murder She Wrote* (1:00)
- Fermo Dante Marchetti: Fascination* (from the movie “Elis” and many others) (2:30)
(total duration: 32mins)
- "Pine top" Perkins: How long (solo instrumental version trascribed by 88) (3:00)
- Chilly Gonzales: Meischeid (2:00)
- Chilly Gonzales: Ovenight (3:30)
- Chilly Gonzales: C M Blues (4:30)
- Chilly Gonzales: Chilly in F minor (1:00)
- Chilly Gonzales: Minor Fantasy (3:30)
(total duration 18mins)
RAGTIME MUSIC (late 1800s / early 1900s)
- Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag (3:00)
- Scott Joplin: The Entertainer (4:30)
- Scott Joplin: Elite Syncopation (4:00)
- Scott Joplin: Bethena (8:00)
- Scott Joplin: Frog legs Rag (2:30)
- Scott Joplin: The Chrysanthemum (4:00)
- Scott Joplin: Heliotrope Bouquet (3:30)
- Scott Joplin: Pineapple Rag (3:30)
- Joshua Rifkin: The Ragtime Dance (3:30)
- Tom Turpin: St Louis Rag (2:30)
(total duration 40mins)
STOMP, STRIDE AND CHARLESTON (10s, 20s and 30s music)
- Jelly Roll Morton: Kansas City Stomp (2:30)
- Jelly Roll Morton: King Porter Stomp (2:30)
- James P. Johnson: Feelin blue (3:00)
- James P. Johnson: Carolina Shout (3:00)
- James P. Johnson: Charleston (3:00)
- Fats Waller: Handful of keys (3:00)
(total duration 17mins)
- George Gershwin: 15 songs arranged by 88 (total duration 23mins)
(ideal background for lounge, cocktails and wedding receptions)
- Jobim/Grusin: Bonita (4:00)
- Gershwin/Grusin: Nice Work if you Can Get it (4:30)
- Dave Grusin: Two for the Road (5:30)
- Paul Desmond: Take 5 (2:30)
- Howard/McKenzie: Fly Me to the Moon (4:00)
- Kern/McKenzie: Smoke Gets in your Eyes (2:30)
- Carmichael/Admiral: Stardust (4:00)
- Jones/Young: Lady bird / When I fall in love - medley (arr. Orefice) (3:00)
- Fermo Dante Marchetti: Fascination* (2:30)
- Gino Paoli: Grazie (2:30)
- Gino Paoli: Il cielo in una stanza (2:00)
- Gino Paoli: Sapore di sale (2:30)
- Gino Paoli: Senza fine (2:30)
- Gino Paoli: In un caffè (2:00)
- Luigi Tenco: Se stasera sono qui (2:00)
(total duration: about 47mins.
However, if you get in touch well in advance this can be extended to one hour and more, since new jazz pieces can be added to this repertoire)
- Astor Piazzolla: Libertango (3:00)
- Dave Grusin: Mountain Dance (3:30)
- Dave Grusin: Memphis Stomp (from the movie "The Firm") (3:30)
- Jamal Hartwell: Super Phatness (1:00)
- Galdson: Learning to live (5:00)
- Chick Corea: Space Circus (2:00)
- 88: A Sweet Call (5:30)
(total duration: 24mins)
- Chilly Gonzales: The Tourist (3:00)
- Chilly Gonzales: Nero's Nocturne (2:30)
- Chilly Gonzales: Wintermezzo (3:00)
- Chilly Gonzales: Papa Gavotte (3:00)
- Chilly Gonzales: Manifesto (3:00)
- Chilly Gonzales: Bermuda Triangle (1:30)
- Chilly Gonzales: Kenaston (3:00)
- Chilly Gonzales: Rideaux Lunaire (2:30)
- Chilly Gonzales: Oregano (1:30)
- Chilly Gonzales: Othello (3:00)
- Chilly Gonzales: White Keys (3:00)
(total duration: 29mins)
(An ideal background of most famous classics for wedding cocktails/receptions and corporate events)
Albinoni: Adagio in G minor (6:00)
Marcello: Adagio from Oboe Concerto in C minor (4:30)
Bach: 'Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring' BWV 147 (3:30)
Bach: Prelude in C major No.1 (from 'The Well Tempered Clavier' book I) (2:00)
Bach: 'Air' (from Goldberg variations) (3:00)
Bach: 'Air' on the G string (from Orchestral Suite No.3) (Arr. by Siloti) (5:30)
Bach: I Minuet from the French Suite No.3 in B Minor (1:30)
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (4:00)
Paradisi: Toccata in A Major (3:00)
Mozart: Turkish March from Sonata No.11 in A Major* (3:30)
Beethoven: Adagio sostenuto (from 'Moonlight' Sonata) (5:30)
Beethoven: For Elise (3:00)
Beethoven: Andante in A Flat Major from Pathetique Sonata (5:30)
Schubert: Impromptu Op.90 No.3 in G Flat Major* (5:30)
Schumann: Dreaming (from 'Scenes from Childhood' Op.15) (1:30)
Mendelssohn: Wedding march (5:00)
Chopin: Prelude Op.28, No.5 in D Major (2:00)
Chopin: Prelude Op.28, No.7 in A Major (1:00)
Chopin: Prelude Op.28, No.11 in B Major (0:30)
Chopin: Prelude Op.28, No.15 in D Flat Major 'Raindrop' (4:30)
Chopin: Nocturne Op.9, No.2 in E Flat Major (5:00)
Chopin: Study Op.25, n.1 in A Flat Major (2:30)
Chopin: Study Op.25, n.2 in F Minor (1:30)
Chopin: Waltz in A Minor Opus Posth. Kk4B No.11* (2:00)
Chopin: Waltz in D Flat Major Op.64 No.1 'Minute Waltz' (2:00)
Chopin: Waltz in C Sharp Minor Op.64 No.2* (3:30)
Brahms: Waltz op.39 No.2 in E Major* (1:30)
Brahms: Waltz op.39 No.3 in G Sharp Minor* (1:00)
Brahms: Waltz op.39 No. 15 in A Flat Major (1:30)
Liszt: Consolation S.172, No.3 in D Flat Major* (5:30)
Saint-Saens: The Swan (Arr. by Siloti) (2:30)
Faure: Pavane Op.50* (5:00)
Faure: Sicilienne Op.70 (4:00)
Faure: Song without Words Op.17, No.3* (2:30)
Grieg's Nocturne, Op.54 N.4* (5:00)
Wagner: Wedding march (2:00)
Debussy: Claire de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque) (5:30)
Debussy: Arabesque No.1 (4:30)
Rodrigo: No.1. Berceuse de Printemp* (2:30)
Satie: Gymnopedie n.1 (3:00)
Satie: Gymnopedie n.2 (2:30)
Satie: Gymnopedie n.3 (2:30)
(total duration: 2hours17mins)
Experimental jazz/fusion/acid-jazz from the collection 'Prophandances', composed and performed by 88 on Rhodes and acoustic pianos.
A Sweet Call (5:30) Kurt's mood* (5:00) Trying to forget* (4:00)
Old Vynil Funky* (6:00) Jamirodance* (7:30)
(total duration: 28mins)
(* If you wish to have those pieces included in your playlist, we recommend you get in touch well in advance.)
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Get in touch and we will update the price accordingly. Then, you will just have to pay the difference.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I am not a dj, but if you need Youtube/Spotify music before and in between my performance, I can provide it. This service will cost only 25£ if you provide me with the titles or the links in advance, 35£ if you want my advice to choose the songs or me choosing the playlist for you.

How much time do you need to set up?

As soon as my PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests pleasure and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event. In some cases, this might cost an extra that varies from piece to piece. Get in touch for details.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play. I have a digital piano with state of the art sounds plus my PA if needed. I provide this at no extra cost, as long as you allow free parking space for my car.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Of course. Based on the level of difficulty and lenght of the requested song, there might be an extra. I will provide an estimate before you go on with booking my service.
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Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Transcription, Musical comedy, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Examiner, Music therapy, Accompanist
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