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Adrian Passarelli

COUNTRY:  Canada

GROUP:  ALESSIA CARA, BLUEMAN GROUP, NELLY FURTADO

With a background in classical, funk, and Latin drumming, Adrian went on to study at the well respected Humber College in Toronto, With personal training from Toronto fixture Jim Blackley and years of experience, Adrian has seen the world.  Extensive touring and recording has highlighted his list of achievements with numerous award winning and nominated artists / bands including Resident Musical Director/ Drum  Captain  for Blueman Group (Toronto ,Oberhausen Germany, Zurich, Vienna, Megastar World Tour, Norwegian Epic ) Nelly Furtado (Geffen), Alessia Cara (Def Jam) Carley Ray Jepson, Matt Dusk (Decca), Massari (Capital Prophet Records, Bass is Base (Polygram), Snow (EMI) and Ivana Santilli (Brown Recordings).

      

As a well-respected sideman within the industry he feels his main goal is to “make the artist comfortable and energized while serving the song first and foremost.” Raised on John Bonham, Phil Collins, Bill Bruford, and Kenny Arnoff he appreciates and respects their professionalism and dedication to their craft. Adrian wants to emulate the tradition of this art form through both teaching and practice. 

Television Appearances

       

       –      The Casino (Fox reality TV show

       –      Canada AM (CANADA)

       –      Open Mike with Mike  (Canada)

       –      The Tonight Show with Jay Leno x2 (USA)

       –      The Late Show with David Letterman (USA)

       –      Top of the Pops (England)

       –      Top of the Pops (Germany)

       –      Jools Holland (England)

       –      Adriano Cellentano (Italy)

       –      Geold Oder Lieb (Germany)

       –      Herman Jose (Portugal)

       –      The Rosie O’Donnell Show (USA)

       –      Live @ Much: 1 hour special (Canada)

       –      Saturday Night Live (USA)

       –      Roswell (USA)

       –      Last Call with Carson Daly (USA)

Discography

2004 – Adrian Breda / Independent

2003 – Andy Stechansky

2003 – Scott Celani /Independent

2001 – Nelly Furtado / DreamWorks

            I’m Like a Bird (live recording)

            Hey, Man! (live recording)

2000 – Snow / EMI

2000 – Eleanor McCain / Intimate

2000 – Carlo Coppola / Independent

1999 – Ivana Santilli / Brown

1999 – The Miller Stain Limit / Universal

1998 – Bass is Base / A&M

 Live Performances

 Extensive Touring of North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Brazil, Mexico and Israel with:

       –      Blue Man Group

       –      Nelly Furtado

       –      Alessia Cara 

       –      Carley Ray Jepson

       –      Matt Dusk   

       –      Massari

       –      Bass is Base 

       –      The Miller Stain Limit

       –      Jacksoul

       –      Carlo Coppola

       –      Blue Man Group Toronto, Berlin, Amsterdam, Oberhausen, International Productions

 Award Shows / Special Events

        –     U2 Slain Castle Ireland

       –      U2 Elevation Tour / Support

       –      Hurricane Festival (Germany)

       –      Glastonbury (UK)

       –      Southside Festival (Germany)

       –      Werchter (Belgium)

       –      Roskilde (Denmark)

       –      VH1 Awards (USA)

       –      Juno Awards (Canada)

       –      World Music Awards (Monaco)

       –      InStyle / Elton John Oscar Party

       –      Nathan Phillips Square: New Year’s Eve (Toronto, Canada)

       –      T in the Park (Scotland)

       –      Party in the Park (England)

       –      Queens Day (Amsterdam)

       –      Area:One Tour (North America)

                                                         Teaching Experience

-(1998-2000)- Drummers Choice, Brampton, Ont.

                      – Private lessons

-(1998-2000)- Arcadia School of Music, Woodbridge, Ont.

                      -Private lessons   

-(2000- 2005)-Revolution Music, Oakville, Ont.

                       -Private lessons

                       -Summer Drum Camps

-(2005-2006)-Soul Drums, Toronto, Ont

                      -Private lessons

                    

-(2000-present)-The Oakville Academy for the Arts, Oakville, Ont.

                         -Private lessons

                         -Summer Drum Camps (ages 5-12)

                         -Percussion Circles for day care (ages 3-5)

 BORN IN (city): TORONTO CANADA

 LIVES IN (city): EVERYWHERE 

 DRUMMING SINCE (year): 1982

 BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): JOHN BONHAM, NEIL PEART, PHILL COLLINS, BILL BRUFORD 

 FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: ALL

 FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIC (RED HOT CHILLE PEPPERS)

 CAREER HIGHLIGHT: PLAYING WITH ELTON JOHN/ TOURING WITH U2

 FAVOURITE SABIAN CYMBAL: ALL HHX EVOLUTION

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