john bergamo

Born: 28th May 1940, Englewood, New Jersey. Attended the Lenox School of Jazz, Lenox Mass. in 1959 with fellow students such as Ornette Coleman, and Don Cherry. During the mid-1960's he was with the Creative Associates at the State University at Buffalo. Moving to California he became coordinator of the percussion program at California Institute of the Arts in 1970. He taught Ed Mann who later joined him in his group The Repercussion Unit.

John Bergamo provided percussion for:

* Zappa In New York

* Studio Tan

* Orchestral Favorites

He has also worked with many artists from Herb Alpert to Van Dyke Parks and Ringo Starr.

John is head of the Repercussion Unit, with occasional bandmember Ed Mann.





howdy moon: howdy moon
    (1974, lp, spain, ariola) - feat.lowell george

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frank zappa: zappa in new york
   (1978, 2lp, usa, discreet)


frank zappa: studio tan
   (1978, lp, usa, discreet)

  repercussion unit: christmas party
    (1984, k7, usa, robey records rux) = john bergamo, feat.ed mann
  john bergamo: on the edge (1)
    (1986, cd, ger, cmp cd 27) - 'whatever', (john bergamo) dedicated to frank zappa
  repercussion unit: in need again
    (1987, lp, ger, cmp 31 st) = john bergamo, feat.ed mann
  continuum: continuum
    (1995, cd, usa, ninewinds records) - incl. compositions by john bergamo

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  continuum: passages
    (2000, cd, usa, ninewinds records) - feat. paul carman ; incl. compositions by john bergamo & paul carman

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random notes

     from: ron wynn, all music guide
john bergamo utilizes the array of odd instruments, african and asian rhythms and textures that are the staple of modern percussionists. his work falls into both world and new categories, and his solo percussion release on cmp has something for every taste. 

john bergamo, multi-focus percussion, received his bachelor and masters degrees from the manhattan school of music and studied drumset at the lenox school of jazz with max roach. he attended the furienkurse fur neue musik in darmstadt, the ali akbar college of music and was a three-time fromm fellowship recipient to tanglewood. john spent two years as a creative associate at suny buffalo under a grant from the rockefeller foundation. mr. bergamo received a four month grant to study tabla in calcutta with shankar ghosh from the american institute of indian studies. teachers include: fred albright, paul price, joseph giarratano, kenny dorham, mahapurush misra, shankar ghosh, alla rakha, swapan chaudhuri, t. ranganathan, t. h. subaschchandran and t. h. viniakram, p.s. venkateshan, huai ming wong, and most recently, carl rigoli and kai ying tung. he has taught at the university of washington, the ali akbar college of music, the naropa institute, and bands of america. published compositions include four pieces for timpani, interactions, on the edge, and blanchard canyon. on the edge is also a solo album. bill t. jones dance company used on the edge for his piece havoc in heaven. in addition to an intense involvement with east indian music since 1966, john has, together with members of the repercussion unit, created a truly indigenous music with is a synergistic synthesis of music at calarts. 

he did 'percussion overdubs' on ziny...... what has happened to him can be
read on:

he's a member of repercussion unit, just like ed mann amongst other things....





1991 r.u. nuts - repercussion unit goes abroad (with ed mann)

discography - with frank zappa

discography - contributions

frank zappa  / musicians timeline



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