Claudio Mastracci – Head of Drums
After 20 years of activities carried out both in recording studio and on tour with several artists, Claudio Mastracci moves to the States at the end of 1987, where he studies in the Drummers Collective of New York City. After attending the Collective for 4 years as a student, in 1991 he starts collaborating with DCI Music Videos as consultant and translator for some of the most important education videos for drums, bass and guitar; such collaboration is extended later on to Warner Bros.
From 1996 he enters the teaching staff of the Drummers Collective, also collaborating with the most recent division of the New You school: the Bass Collective.
From 1993 onwards he divides between the States and Italy, to participate in a massive number of TV productions with the various RAI (National TV) orchestras and the Mediaset (private main TVs) ones, such as Fantastico, Scommettiamo che?, L’Altra Domenica, La Corrida (editions ’91, ’92, ’95,’97, ’02, ’03), San Remo Festival ‘87, Domenica In, David di Donatello 1998, San Remo “Premio Tenco 1998”, Vela d’Oro- Riva del Garda, Carramba che sorpresa 2002, etc.; he also records and play in live tours of several Italian and International pop musicians such as: Fabio Concato, Sergio Caputo, Eduardo De Crescenzo, Mike Francis, Rettore, Patty Pravo, Loredana Bertè, Renato Zero, Dionne Warwick, Cristian De Sica, Gigi Proietti, Tony Esposito, Donatella Ruggero, Andrea Bocelli, Lucio Dalla, Albano Carrisi, Giusepe Di Stefano; he collaborates with some of the most famous Italian orchestra conductors: Bruno Canfora, Gianni Ferrio, Roberto Pregadio, Pippo Caruso, Gianfranco Lombardi, etc.
His strong versatility, together with a multi-styilistic experience, allowed him to collaborate both in the United States and in Europe with jazz artists, too: Oscar Valdambrini, Dino Piana, Randy Brecker, Scott Henderson, Gilberto Gil, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Andrews, Walter Booker, Toto Torquati, Mark Soskin.
In 1995 he composes and produces in New York the CD “TWO WORLDS”, a work in which he leads, both in studio and live in USA and in Italy, a quartet formed by Joey Calderazzo on piano, Rick Margitza on sax and Harvie Swartz on double bass.
He started his activity of educator in 1985.
At present he is the Head of Drums in Saint Louis College of Music. He offers clinics and master classes both in Italy and abroad.
He is a columnist on the sector magazines Drum Club, Percussioni, Drumset Mag.
He also collaborates with the All Times Orchestra and with the Galaxy Big Band by Bruno Biriaco.
Claudio Mastracci palio with Sonor Drums-kit and Istanbul cymbals.