Philippe Ciminato Resume


French percussionist Philippe Ciminato is among the new generation of musicians who specialized in the West African, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban traditions.

Philippe has traveled the world extensively from the Caribbean Islands to Africa, Europe, South East Asia, China and Australia both as a student and a performer.

He has played worldwide in various concerts & festivals with internationally acclaimed artists such as Lenny Castro, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Gerald Albright, Salena Jones, Steve Thornton, Joe Rosenberg, Rashidi Pembe, Kamal Mussalam, Antonio Santoro, Tony Cintron, Lica Cecato, John Hondorp and many other wonderful musicians who always inspire and transmit the supreme energy of the art of music.

Philippe had the chance to get tremendous knowledge by performing with the legendary Steve Thornton;
he also studied in Paris with Cuban master Javier Campos Martinez (Omar Sosa, Afrekete, Rumbabierta)) and had private instructions with Colombian percussionists Faiser J.Flores (Alfredo de la Fe group, Nestor Torres) and Alonso Gonzales (Kaman Music/ LP Endorser).

He is now based in Indonesia, as a freelance musician and latin percussion instructor, and regularly performs and records with top Indonesian artists such as
Rieka Roeslan, Fariz RM, Idang Rasjidi, Aksan Sjuman, Riza Arshad, Indra Lesmana, Dwiki Dharmawan, Humania, Sova, Glenn Fredly, The Groove, Syaharani, Krisdayanti, Andien, Iga Mawarni, Yuni Sarah, Nina Tamam, Viky Sianipar, Maliq & D'Essentials, Ruth Sahanaya...
He also collaborates with DJ's (Anton, Hogi, Winky...) and performs on major TV programs.

Philippe is currently working on the debut album of his new quintet TaoKombo Collective Messkeepers. (

His latest recording in Feb. 2009, a live session quartet project called "SADA", is due to release soon with Demajors independent music label.

Philippe's brief background:

Born in 1974 in Nice-France, Philippe grew up in a family of musicians (Great uncle Composer Joseph-Marie Louis, his father Andre Ciminato singer-accordionist).
He started playing the piano at 6 years old and drums a year later. While attending compulsory music classes from elementary to high school, Philippe made his first band, the rock influenced "Syrtis Major", at 16. He then exposed himself to many styles and discovered World Music and Jazz.

In 1992, Philippe got a scholarship from the French government to study at the Faculty of Music in Nice. But the travel bug arose and he decided to go to discover the music and cultures of the world.

In 1993, he took his first trip to Barbados in the Caribbean Islands and received his first introduction to the beautiful Afro-Latin culture and music.

From 1994 to 1996 he lived in London (U.K.), participating in drumming circles, getting deeper understanding of percussion from all over the world and West-African music specifically.

In 1997 Philippe spent one year in Africa that changed his life, traveling through South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi & Tanzania (where he met Rashidi Pembe & his Vijana Jazz Band) and studying about African music tradition.

In 1998 Philippe spent the year in Australia, invited by musician-poet Mick Sheedy for his Lotus Groove recording project.
He also joined Que Pasa Latin Jazz band led by Mexican musician Hector de Santiago and performed regularly on the East Coast.

In 1999 back to his hometown in Nice, France, Philippe concentrated on deep studies of Latin Percussions while performing with the Batucada(Brazilian Percussion Ensemble) Bosinaires De Nissa.

In 2001 he settled down in Indonesia after a month trip there where he discovered the incredible Gamelan Music.
He first studied the Sundanese Gamelan at S.T.S.I, the National School of Arts in Bandung, West Java and then graduated from the Institut Musik Daya Indonesia (I.M.D.I.) with an Associate Degree in Music after four years of intense academic studies.

While sharing his love, knowledge and experience of the Latin percussions, Philippe keeps studying the Indonesian art treasures and believes in the wonderful future of Music in this new era of globalization.

Updated:  March 20, 2009

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