Pianist, composer and arranger born on December 1972, he graduated in Classical Piano in 1994 and in Jazz in 2000 at “Umberto Giordano” Music Conservatory in Foggia (Italy). He has also a Degree in Economy with Marketing specialization, at University of Foggia in 2004.
He attended the “Specialization Jazz Course” “CPM” Siena Jazz” held by the pianist Mauro Grossi and the jazz combo class held by Marco Tamburini in 1996, and “Pescara Jazz Master Class” held by the pianist and composer Brandon McCune, teacher of Columbia Jazz School of Chicago in 1999. He participated at several national and international competitions, of contemporary, chamber music and jazz music, achieving always first prizes.
He collaborates with some of the best contemporary jazz musicians among which Javier Girotto, Gabriele Mirabassi, Fabrizio Bosso, Valtinho Anastacio, Max Ionata, Roberto Ottaviano, Michele Rabbia, Kiwha Lee, Yeahwon Shin.
He also collaborated with the Italian very famous actors Michele Placido and Giorgio Albertazzi and with Magna Grecia Orchestra, U. Giordano Orchestra and Orchestra Tipica Alfredo Marcucci of Turin.
2002. “Astor’s Mood”, the first “Nuevo Tango Ensamble” CD, featuring Gustavo Toker released by the REALSOUND classical label.
2005. “A night in Vienna for Astor Piazzolla.”a live CD recorded in Porgy & Bess jazz club in Vienna, produced by the prestigious Italian jazz label PHILOLOGY. The CD has been positively reviewed by the most important music magazines in the world.
2008. “Tango Mediterraneo”, a new album with original compositions by Pasquale Stafano and Gianni Iorio, recorded with Gabriele Mirabassi as special guest.
2012. “D’impulso”, recorded with Javier Girotto as special guest, released by German label Jazzhaus Records.
2016. “Nocturno” recorded with DUO projecy with Gianni Iorio on bandoneon released in May by prestigious label ENJA Records by Matthias Winckelmann. Liner notes of album are written by Oscar Award Luis Bacalov.
2016. His composition entitled Milonguita has been arranged and recorded by the famous cellos ensemble “12 Cellist der Berliner Philharmoniker”, all members of the most famous Orchestra, in the new album called “Hora Cero” released in May 2016 by Sony Classics. The album contains compositions by Astor Piazzolla, Horacio Salgan and Pasquale Stafano.
Every album has been reviewed by a lot of International Music Magazines all over the world like Suonare News, Musica Jazz, Jazzit, All about Jazz Italy, La Repubblica, Jazz Collective, Jazz Convention, Jazzitalia, Toutango, London Jazz, Oasi Walk, Jazz Rhythm, Cuadernos de Jazz, Nestor Minsk and many others. His composition “El compadrito” was selected and included in a CD compilation with the best jazz composition by Apulian composers called “Pugliasounds 2012”.
In December 2014 he composed and arranged together with korean composer Jungbum Kim two compositions for movie soundtrack “Chronicle of a blood merchant” by Ha Jung-Woo released on 15th of January 2015.
With his projects he currently performs all around the world
Pasquale Stafano’s tracks