Piero Pesce Biography


PIERO PESCE, author, voice, percussion, guitar. Born in Cerchiara di Calabria, he learned songs through the oral tradition and the technique of the tambourine in the local festivals, together with the elders of his land. He plays other traditional instruments such as the bagpipe, whistle cane and other small ephemeral instruments. Since a few years, he organizes workshops “tarantella” where he transmits history, traditional dance and rhythmic exercises with the tambourine.

In 2004 he realized training courses on the organization of shows, “From concept to stage” for dance and theater. In 2005, he graduated Cum Laude with 110, in the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, presenting the thesis: “SOUND SCULPTURES, music symbols in the decorations”. Since 2006, when he moved to Barcelona, he starts the project of QUESTIONI MERIDIONALI FOLK under the name “Hijos de Magdalena” which was renamed with its current name in 2009, at the same time he cooperates with the Musical Instrument Museum of Arizona in 2007 and 2008 (EEUU) as researcher and collector of traditional instruments of Calabria. Today, simultaneously to his engagement as an author and leader of QMF, he also directs the project of Mediterranean music “Piero Pesce Trio”, works with the Museum of Music of Barcelona, and is charge of programming of various musical spaces in Barcelona.

In Barcelona, he has worked and collaborated with many renowned artists such as Manu Chao, Joan Garriga, Peppe Voltarelli, Carles Belda, Totarella, Suoni, Ensaladilla So Insistent and others. During his career he has participated as well as a solist and as the leader of Questioni Meridionali Folk, in many organizations and festivals in Spain and abroad.