My name is Giacomo Caruso. I've played the piano since I was 5, and I've started teaching at the age of 17, when I got hired by a local music school. Now I have just turned 30 years old, and I am an Italian living in the Netherlands for the past 11 years.
During my musical upbringing, I have studied all kinds of music styles (classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues...) and performed in all kinds of contexts, from the most amatorial to the most professional. When I was 19, I moved from a small city at the edge of Europe (Modica, Italy) to Groningen, the Netherlands, to study at the Prins Claus Conservatorium under the supervision of some of the greatest jazz musicians, including David Berkman, Alex Sipiagin, Gene Jackson, Robin Eubanks and Don Braden. I was lucky enough to play with some of the most talented young jazz musicians based in Europe at that time, like Sergej Avanesov, Samvel Sarkisyan, Morten Poulsen and Alina Engibaryan. In my 20's I have played with them and with more amazing musicians like Steve Altenberg, Joris Teepe, Francesco Cusa and Alberto Amato at prestigious venues and festivals in Hamburg, Aarhus, Amsterdam, Rome, Turin and Mechelen.
I have a couple of releases under my belt, both recorded in summertime. In August 2012, I have recorded a DVD with Joris Teepe, head of the jazz depertment where I was studying, and Steve Altenberg, drummer of, among others, John Abercrombie and Barry Harris. The whole project was organized by AVIS, the main Italian blood donation agency. You can find more information about it on my personal website, but unfortunately AVIS isn't currently distributing it outside Italy. You can watch an extract of it, though, at the bottom of this page
In August 2017 my childhood friend Leonardo Blandino, a talented young artist, asked me to record a 3-minute track for a short experimental film he was working on. A few weeks later I went to my home studio and recorded for around forty minutes. I liked the process of this recording so much that I ended up publishing almost the whole session on Bandcamp. I titled it Life comes on a white horse, a quite surreal title inspired by one of my dad's pictures which I picked as album cover. Sandro Vero, journalist for a major Italian jazz magazine (Musica Jazz), wrote about it: "Giacomo puts the technique at the service of expression. His music is a story and he's a storyteller."