Paulo Stagnaro, a rising percussionist and composer, is quickly establishing both a national and international reputation. Paulo began playing piano, cello, and many folkloric Latin-American instruments at a young age. After attending a KOSA percussion camp, and the Berklee 5-week summer program, he began to take a more serious interest in music. Since then, he has performed with some of the biggest names in the Latin and Jazz worlds respectively.
Paulo attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music from 2005-2009. He travelled extensively representing the school with his band, La Timbistica. They graced the stages at the Monterey Jazz, Hoopcity Jazz, Duke Ellington, Saratoga, Montreal, and Newport Jazz festivals to name a few. While leading this group, La Timbistica received a 2008 Downbeat Magazine Award for “Jazz Group of the Year” in the collegiate category.
In fall of 2008, Paulo began working with legendary alto-saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera. He recorded on D’Rivera’s 2008 Grammy Award winning release, “Funk-Tango.” Since then Paulo has toured across the Americas and Europe as part of D’Riveras ensemble, including performances at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, as well as some of the worlds most prestigious jazz clubs.
Stagnaro recently left the U.S. for 10 months to expand his percussion expertise, traveling to Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. While experiencing all of the cultural and musical wonders, Stagnaro kept busy performing and presenting clinics at some of the largest music Universities and Conservatories in South America. He also took the time to study with master percussionists including Dinho Gonçalvez (BR), Julio Guerra (CU), while on his excursion.
In 2012, he made the move to Brooklyn, New York, where he is currently based. Since his arrival Stagnaro has become a force on the creative music scene. He is a part of the Pedro Giraudo, and Alon Yavnai Big band orchestras, as well the Ralph Peterson Fo’Tet, and the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet. He is currently producing a percussion-based film-score for the upcoming documentary, “Secundaria.”