ARTISTS | Roberto Gualdi

Born in Savona in 1967, Roberto Gualdi started to play drums in 1980. In 1990 he moved to Milan and started to study at the CPM school while he was playing with several Orchestras such as “don miko e i caravan” and “i bravo” who with he played till 1993. From 1993 to 1996 he played with the band “Scomunica” (he is a founder of this one) in the most important clubs in north Italy. In 1995 they realized the cd “Scomunica”. In 1995 he started to collaborate with the guitarist Ricky Portera who brought him to play with Paola Turci in 1996 and with Lucio Dalla in 2000. In 1997 he started a steady collaboration with the Italian rock band most famous in the world : Premiata Forneria Marconi. In 2000 he met Dario Mollo and took part to his works “voodoo hill” with the ex Deep Purple Glenn Hughes and “the cage II” with the ex Black Sabbath’s frontman Tony Martin.

From 1996 he started to teach at the CPM school, firstly as assistant and after that having his own rock drums course. In 1999 he formed the band “Four Tiles” with the guitarist Cesareo (Elio e le Storie Tese band), the German bass player Guido Block and the guitarist Stefano Xotta

In 2004 he formed Elektric Zoo, together with Dario Mollo and singer Graham Bonnet (Rainbow / Alcatrazz ),embarking on a debut European tour across Austria, Spain and the UK. During the same year he recorded Piero Pelù’s CD “soggetti smarriti,” and went on tour with PFM. Roberto has recorded with many artists including Enzo JannacciNek, and Roberto Vecchioni and since 2005 he's collaborating in live and studio with DolceneraPFM and Lucio Dalla. He’s also involved in studio session with many artists such as Enzo Jannacci, Nek, Roberto Vecchioni and many others.
Roberto also takes time out to teach in one of Italy's premier drum schools CPM, and regularly contributes to Italian Drummers magazine "Drum Club."

He's also a busy clinician, with his personal programmes "Rock Drumming" and "The Working Drummer" and together with one of the most important italian jazz drummer, Stefano Bagnoli, with the drum duo called "Il Diavolo & L'Acqua Santa" (The Devil & The Holy Water)
In addition to this he's very active in Rock Metal scene collaborating with Dario Mollo, VooDoo Hill (Glenn Hughes), The Cage (Tony Martin), Electrik Zoo (Graham Bonnet) and his own new project, NoiZe Machine.

During 2008 and 2009, Roberto was involved in Xfactor - Italian Edition both recording tracks for the show and finalist's album, Aram Quartet, Giusy Ferreri, XFactor Compilation. He's also been recording the first album of his new power band NoiZe Machine and recording and touring with amazing Italian singer and pianist, Dolcenera.
In 2010 his collaborations continued with Dolcenera, Paolo Jannacci and Zelig Orchestra and Xfactor Italian Edition, NoiZe Machine and Four Tiles. He also won the InSound Magazine readers’ poll as “Best Drummer of 2010.” In 2011 he toured with Roberto Vecchioni, PFM, and worked on the Xfactor and Zelig TV shows. Together with one of the most important italian jazz drummers, Stefano Bagnoli, he performs as a drum duo called Il Diavolo & L'Acqua Santa (The Devil & The Holy Water). In 2011 and 2012 he toured with Roberto Vecchioni, PFM and XFactor and Zelig TV Show. In 2013 with Ron, Vecchioni, Faletti and PFM. continuing his collaboration with XFactor TV Show.

2014 is a pretty busy year for Roberto Gualdi with PFM world tour, including Cruise To The Edge, a Prog Cruise with Yes, UK, Marillion and many others bands. He is also involved in TV Show such as The XFactor, Italy’s Got Talent and a new project called Twinscapes with Lorenzo Feliciati and Porcupine Tree bassplayer Colin Edwin.

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