- Lead Vocals & Trumpet: Francesco Filizzola Di Tomaso (Italy)
- Drums & Percussion: Ayoze de Alejandro Lopez (Spain)
- Bass Guitar: Giulio Granchelli (Italy)
- Guitars and mandolins: Berdin Pamukcu (Turkey)
In 2010, Francesco, from Italy, had a clear idea of the type of band that he wanted to create and so he started looking and listening around to make his dream come true. That's how he found the other current members of Colomboloco one by one in many different venues of London, and the band composed of Italy, Greece, Turkey and Spain’s most talented and ambitious musicians was then born. Francesco, Ayoze, Giulio and Berdin created together the natural on-stage presence and energy that they had all been searching for throughout their careers and journeys. Their shared passion for genre-blending musical adventures and theatricality draws its inspiration from the unique backgrounds of each member: Francesco’s classical operatic training, , Ayoze's mastery of Flamenco and Afro-Latin rhythm, Giulio who is the rock soul of the band and Berdin's traditional Turkish music.
Since then the band have whipped crowds to a frenzy in many of London’s top live music venues and elite clubs, including the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Dalston Passing Clouds, Brixton Hootenanny, Wilton’s Music Hall, Buskers Bern, The Secret Garden, Diakonisches Werk Hannover, The Roof Gardens, Annabel’s, Shoreditch House, Mandarin Oriental, The Dorchester, the Bassoon Bar, the Tramp, Argo Jazz, and many more. They are firm favourites on the UK and Europe festival circuit.
Colomboloco have collaborated on stage with guests including Shingai (the Noisettes) and renowned opera stars Joseph Calleja and Emma Marrone. They released their first album in 2014.
MEET THE BAND
Francesco Filizzola Di Tomaso - lead vocals & trumpet
Born into a highly musical family on the West coast of Southern Italy, the mountains and sea of Francesco’s native Pollino and the area’s classical and folk traditions had a strong and lasting effect on his musical personality and philosophy. After initially studying classical trumpet, Francesco moved on to focus on vocal studies, developing a highly original vocal style taking in techniques as diverse as Italian opera and Mongolian throat singing. Combined with his natural talent for theatricality and physical expression, he moves effortlessly through this astonishing range of vocal styles to create a captivating and often hilarious tragic-comic stage personality.
Francesco attended the City Opera of Covent Garden, with which he performed Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore and Ko-Ko in The Mikado.
Ayoze de Alejandro Lopez - drums & percussion
Ayoze is a percussionist from Gran Canaria, a beautiful island off the coast of Spain, who graduated from the London College of Music in 2008. He has since become renowned for his versatility in a wide range of complex regional folk styles, specialising in Flamenco, Afro-Peruvian, Reggae, Latin, North African and rock music. He has performed with many of the world’s most renowed Flamenco artists including Ramon Ruiz, Jesus Olmedo, Anita “La Maltesa” and many more. Career highlights include performances at Glastonbury Festival, Ronnie Scott's, Rockwave Festival opening for Massive Attack, Gogol Bordello and Ska-P, Colours Of Ostrava Festival opening for Iggy Pop, and Sfinks Festival opening for Buena Vista Social Club.
Giulio Granchelli - Bass Guitar
Originally a pianist, after undertaking classical studies (Mozart, Chopin, Bach) for 11 years, at the age of 17 he purchased his first bass with the intention to put on a band during high school.
He attended the BIMM Brighton in Professional Musicianship.
Berdin Pamukcu - Guitars
Berdin Pamukcu is a musician from Turkey who has started playing guitar at the age of 17 while his high school fellows wanted to put a band together. As the other band members has already discovered their instruments before, he had only one option which was being a guitar player for the band. That was the breaking point for him to observe his passion of music and soon he found him self to spend most of his time for studying guitar. Even though he studied a different subject at the university, his determination made him become a professional guitar player and he has started building his career towards music. He has worked with many artists ,take part in many projects in Turkey as a performer and recording artist. In 2011, he moved to London to expand his musical career. Since then, he has been performing and recording with wide genre of bands and musicians. He believes that,success begins when you start enjoying whatever you are doing in life and sharing this experience with people.
Colomboloco's summer hit dedicated to the Brazilian player and his ritual.
Francesco the singer, wrote this song as a tribute to Dani's values as well as his inspiring approach to life and sport.