Tony Bianco is an American drummer and composer from New York City who moved to Europe in the early nineties. He has been described as a “true master of the drums “. He has played and recorded with many prominent jazz musicians including Elton Dean, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Dave Liebman, Paul Dunmall, and Evan Parker. In 2008 he brought Liebman and Parker together for a BBC recording which resulted in the album Relevance.
Tony has been a member of the music team at HCA since 2015 and works as a Lecturer in Drum-kit on Principal Study modules facilitating musical and technical work as well as development of Repertoire.
Tony also holds the post of Head of Percussion at Hereford Sixth Form College.
Research and Professional Practice
Tony recorded a contemporary jazz album, In a Western Sense, featuring Zoe Rahman. He played with Elton Dean on his concept called “Freebeat”, which resulted in two albums featuring Dean on Northern Lights and Liebman on Monkey Dance.
In 2009 he recorded Never Pet a Burning Dog with the band douBt with guitarist Michel Delville and pianist Alex Maguire. The album received four stars from Down Beat magazine. In the annual poll by Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Tony was one of the top five drummers and douBt was the third best instrumental group.
In 2011, Bianco and Delville created the electro-jazz project Machine Mass, which was joined by Dave Liebman in 2012. Tony is known for his “mercurial”, “octopusian” drumming style, which combines the sounds of free jazz and straight jazz and reflects his musical creed – to be “loose and tense, free and strict”.