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About Andrea

 …an absolute master of frame drums.  "MUSICA JAZZ MAGAZINE"​

Piccioni reinvented, perhaps even standardized what we now call the "modern tamburello" with a philosophical and linguistic approach borrowed from Eastern onomatopoeia.


Andrea Piccioni is a renouned master performer on frame drums and Italian tamburello. He has studied frame drum rhythms and performance techniques from the Middle East, India, North Africa, and Central Asia. 
Andrea has toured world-wide, performed in prestigious venues, and collaborated with distinguished international musicians, including
Bobby McFerrin, Reinhard May, Richard Bona, Paul McCandless, Les Haulz et Les Bas, Francesco Turrisi, Gianluigi Trovesi, Luciano Biondini, Basel Rajoub, Manfred Leuchter, Dónal Lúnny, Caitriona O’Leary, Riccardo Tesi, Lucilla Galeazzi, Wu Man. He collaborates assiduously with the Aga Khan Music Program from which he was awarded the title of Master Musician through international educational projects and tours with musical greats from around the world.
In 2022 he was a member of the jury for the selection of music for the Mediterranean Games.
With the Shuluq Ensemble, of which he is a founding member, he performed in May 2022 at the Quirinale Palace in Rome in the presence of President Sergio Mattarella and Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
He is professor of the Academic Course of Percussion Instruments/Frame Drums at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Nocera Terinese (Cz).
Andrea published DVDs and books dealing with the Italian frame drums and rhythm language.

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New EP


Reinhard Mey - "Standort"

Andrea Piccioni plays: Tamburello, Daf, Udu drum

Online Video Courses


Tamburello is an extraordinary instrument, a real miniature drum-set capable of supporting an entire concert by itself thanks to its incredible variety of sounds and dynamics.The Tamburello began to enjoy a great popularity outside of Italy thanks to Andrea's work of expanding techniques and expressive possibilities, finding application for the first time in jazz contexts, world, and ancient music.

Total Tamburello 1


The aim of this work is offering to the player a structured and well-proven path going from the firsts basis to playing techniques belonging to the traditional italian repertoire.Traditional Italian techniques such as pizzica, saltarello and siciliana will be examined step by step until the construction of solid bases that will open infinite, future possibilities. Ample space will be given to the setting of the body and of the body-instrument relationship, in order to build a solid technique without tensions and unnecessary efforts.


Total Tamburello 2


The subject of the course is the Tamburello according to the modern conception elaborated by Andrea, how to use the instrument in any musical genre and how to expand its vocabulary of techniques and sounds. incorporating elements from traditional Arabic, Indian and more techniques specifically designed by the author who revolutionized the design and use of the tamburello in recent years.

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Total Tamburello 3


This course is the core of Andrea's recent work in developing new techniques, possibilities, grooves and concepts. The course is recommended only to advanced or well experienced players, let's take your playing to the next level!All the material contained in this course is original, specifically conceived and never published before.

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Corso Accademico di Tamburi a Cornice presso il Conservatorio P. I. Tchaikovsky

Corso Accademico di 1° livello (triennio)

Corso Accademico di 2° livello (biennio)​


New Book


Arte, Storia, Tecnica

Published by KURUMUNY, It

Pages 140

Language: ITA / ENG

Extra content: videos of the techniques described in the method accessible via QR code

Tamburo e Voce

  • Available across all digital platforms


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