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April 2022 #38 - Top 40 for Mediterranean Influence Marco Selvaggio - The Eternal Dreamer Feat. Daniel Martin Moore (track)
December 2021 #27 - Top 40 for Mediterranean Influence Marco Selvaggio - The Eternal Dreamer Feat. Daniel Martin Moore (track)
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About: Marco Selvaggio "Mask"
Marco Selvaggio was born in Catania, on October 7, 1983, and since he was a child, he approached the world of music and percussion in particular.

A versatile percussionist, Marco skillfully uses many percussion instruments in a constant creative search that leads him to experience sound in all its nuances. Once he obtained a law degree, he took part in some intercultural projects related to African traditional music and percussions in kindergartens, primary, and secondary schools.

He worked in theaters and performed in live concerts. He began to study African traditional music in 2000 with master Senegalese Alù Djeng, who graduated from the Music Academy in Dakar.

Since 2004, he has worked with some DJs, aiming to combine the djembe and house music in all its shades during the nights and events in house discos.

He participated in "Nuit Blanche" in Paris in 2004, after a stage with Djan Camarà, an original drummer of Conakry in Guinea and a descendant of a family of griots from the Peul ethnic group and a founding member of the Ensemble National de Guinee.

In 2005, he gained a deeper knowledge of new African musical instruments in Catania following a course taught by master musician Sourakhatà Diabaté, recognized as a skilled and versatile virtuoso specializing in performances with the djembe and bass drums (sangban, doundunbà, and kenkenì) and with all the tools of traditional sub-Saharan Africa such as the bolon, balafon, gongomà, krina, assiko, goni, and calabas in water.

Over the years, he continued to study African traditional music, and he also had the opportunity to play in Australia, Sydney, in particular at the Side Bar and Cargo, and also at the Byron Bay Beach Hotel.

In 2009, he participated in a course taught by internationally renowned master Famoudou Konate in Palermo, who since 1996 has been given the title of Honorary Professor of Music Education of African Art at the University of Berlin in Germany, where he still resides and teaches.

In 2009, he played in Italy in Rome at the Shangò, and in 2010 in Pisa at Bellavita.

He has played and continues to play at Mercati Generali, Banacher, Giara, and Septimo in Taormina, Afrobar, Music & Art, the ZOO, UNA Hotel Palace, Cafe de Mar, Majazé, Faro, Vola, Seventeen, 4/20, Capannine as a percussionist on house music, using different instruments (djembe, bass drums, krins, and hang drum for the first time ever on house music), working with many discos and foreign DJs.

Finally, he became part of the Cultural Association "The United Artists Theater Cine-Factory" and edited the music section of the show Shakespeare Experiment conducted by the director and actor Claudio Mazzenga.

His passion for music led him to play various African traditional musical instruments like dkembè and bass drums (KenKen, sangban, doundunbà), krin, and traditional music such as the Australian didgeridoo, and finally a very special instrument of Swiss origin of which there are only slightly more than 7000 units around the world called the hang drum.

The hang drum is composed of two convex metal parts joined together: the "DING" side and the "GU" side.

The DING side is composed of 8 tonal areas on the outer part of the body. In the center, there is a sort of dome (hence the nice sound of DING) that produces a percussion sound like a gong. The GU side is mainly designed as a resonant box. It has a hole in the center that can also serve to modulate the sound of the DING side.

Marco Selvaggio has also edited the music of a dance performance at the Metropolitan in Catania for the dance school Aire of the teacher Fia Di Stefano, playing traditional African music first and then a solo with the hang drum.

On July 23, 2010, Marco was invited to join as a guest soloist in Canicattì Bagni for a contemporary ethnic music festival, and today he continues to play in many places in Italy, teaching basic courses of African traditional music and percussions.

On September 11, 2010, he was invited to the headquarters of Radio Flash in Adrano to be interviewed, and he played live with the collaboration of Ciaudà, and on September 12, 2010, he performed as a guest at the music festival "Soundpeace" in the amphitheater Ciminiere of Catania.

On September 14, 2010, he was invited to perform as a guest on the TV show "Under the Spotlight" with the hang drum.

In October 2010, he released his first album called "Into the Ocean," in which many artists have worked.

Marco Selvaggio is now the only one in Italy and Europe to offer a complete set using percussion djembe, krins, bass drums, bongos, and especially the hang!

Hang on house music is something that only he in the world does.

This is an international exclusive that makes him play in a lot of famous clubs.

On November 18, 2010, he made a public showcase at Scenario Pubblico in Catania (repeated two times in a row for the presence of many people), preceded by a press conference.

On November 29, 2010, he took part in a charity event organized by the team Calcio Catania to C & G with Vincenzo Spampinato, Giuseppe Castiglia, and other famous TV and music celebrities in Sicily.

On January 6, 2011, he played at the inauguration of Artime, whose artistic director is Fioretta Mari (national actress), all presented by Salvo La Rosa, collaborating with a school dance with Master Walter Pilo.

Now Marco plays in a lot of clubs, and he is the only one in the world to use a lot of instruments on house music live!

On May 22, 2011, Marco Selvaggio was invited to play at the "Teatro Massimo Bellini" (one of the most important in Europe) as a guest for the event "May in Music."

On July 15 and 16, 2011, he played in Munich (Germany) for a fashion walk as a special guest for the NESH agency and after this for the club SUGAR and for an open rave party.

On August 25, 2011, he did his first concert in London at the 93 Feet East club (Radiohead and James Blunt played there) in the Brick Lane area.

In the first days of December 2011, Marco played for a cultural project for some schools and students of Catania.

On December 17, Marco played for the Etnafest 2011, at the Pinacoteca of Catania, playing during some readings by famous journalists and writers.

On December 27, Marco played for the concert of Cesare Malfatti - LA CRUS - (Sanremo 2011) with the hangs.

On February 4, 2012, Marco played in Milan for the 2-year party of BAOBAR.

On February 29, the video "Painting my World" by Marco Selvaggio went on ITALIA 2 (Mediaset - National TV) for the TV show UZONE (16 mm.).

On March 20, Marco played in London at Project Club London as a special guest in the quality of hang player, on March 21 at Chelsea at Beaufort House, and on March 22 at SIVA studios to record a house track with Mr. Fonc.

On April 3, 2012, Marco Selvaggio's video "Painting my World" went for the second time to the national TV ITALIA 2 for the TV show LINEA 2.

On July 7, 2012, Marco took care of the music of the dance recital of the school of Fia Distefano AIRE at the METROPOLITAN theatre of Catania with the piano master Alberto Alibrandi, the violinist Nicolò Borgese, and the soprano Elisa Argentino.

On August 6, 2012, Marco was live interviewed on national radio RADIO MONTE CARLO, and the following August 7, Marco played as a guest for the memorial to Turi Ferro in the amphitheater at S.G. La Punta.

On August 18 and 19, Marco Selvaggio played in concert at MEDFEST Buccheri as a guest accompanied by guitarist Giuliano Fondacaro, by violinist Nicolò Borgese, and the soprano Elisa Argentino.

On September 14 and 15, 2012, Marco Selvaggio played with the Autumn Leaves group at the Buskers Festival WIEN.

On November 3, 2012, Marco played at ATMOSFERA (Catanzaro) with Sagi Rei and on November 5 at LA SOSTA (one of the most important jazz clubs in the southeast part of Italy).

On November 10, Marco played as a special guest at PLATZ (Trapani).

On November 30, Marco played in Reggio Calabria for the inauguration of the interior design store "Chez Nous
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