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Renzo Spiteri
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PROFILE
Multi-percussionist Renzo Spiteri is a versatile solo artist and session musician who creates “a sheer mesmerising atmosphere whenever he performs” (EM, The Sunday Times of Malta). Throughout the years he has been committed to using the universal language of music to bring different cultures together. He participates extensively in cross-cultural music exchanges and collaborations that have resulted in performances with various artists from Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, including Mercan Dede (Turkey), N'faly Kouyate (Rep. of Guinea), Mousse Ndaiye (Senegal), Trilok Gurtu (India), Joji Hirota (Japan), Yelemba D’Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Nitin Shankar (India). From jazz to classical, from solo percussion performances to fusion, contemporary and world music, his performances and collaborations have been described in a review as “alluring and intriguing ... [giving] a very good idea of Renzo's mastering of the percussion and his ways and means to adapt to different styles" (From “A new waterfront experience”, Eric Montfort, The Sunday Times of Malta: July 30th, 2006). Recent engagements include performances during the Sori-WOMAD Festival 2006 (Jeonju, Rep. Korea), the vibrant all-percussion performance in collaboration with percussion players from the China Conservatory of Music (Beijing) (presented in Beijing and during the Malta Jazz Festival 2006), Ghadames Festival of the Desert, “Sounds Unlimited” performed during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2005 in Malta (presented by The British Council), and “Re:Public”, in collaboration with Maltese installation artist Vince Briffa, selected as closing event during Cork 2005 – European Cultural Capital 2005. His solo album entitled "This Is My Language" (2005) is a collection of ‘sketches’ using traditional as well as unconventional percussive instruments, and is described by the artist as “a personal statement, an inner voyage […] like an abstract painting, there to be perceived by every individual.” Renzo and his music have been featured on MTV music channel and BBC radio stations, and as featured music in art exhibitions in Malta, Florence and Tokyo. He has earned international endorsements from world leading companies Toca Percussion and Paiste Cymbals and is supported by Olimpus Music (Malta).