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Bird's Basement Octet | Monday's

Every Monday at Bird's, we will have our new regular show: Bird's Basement Octet conducted by Maestro Gianni Turcio.

About Gianni Turcio

Throughout his career Gianni Turcio has accompanied most of Australia's well known singers as well as overseas artists, including Marina Prior, Hugh Jackman, Jackie Love, Normie Rowe, Gladys Knight, Rob Guest, Colleen Hewitt, Francis Yipp, John Farnham, Tom Jones, Rhonda Burchmore, Nilla Pizzi, Aurelio Fierro, Guy Sebastian, James Morrison, Jerry Lewis, Umberto Tozzi, Patrizio, Roberto Alagna, to name a few.

He has worked for Television channels 7, 9 and 10, and in the recording field he has played for many film soundtracks under the direction of composers Bruce Rowland, Jerry Goldsmith., Brian May, Tommy Ticho and many others, as well as being himself Producer and Musical Director for numerous recordings.

In February 2012 Maestro Gianni Turcio was appointed to assist Maestro Ennio Morricone, during his appearance at the Perth International Festival.

Turcio is the founder and Musical Director of ' The Melbourne Italian Ensemble', playing traditional Italian music, ' I Musici di Melbourne', a string chamber orchestra and the latin-jazz influenced group ' Kerberos'.

It is an honor and a pleasure to have Maestro Gianni Turcio involved artistically at Bird's Basement. We are certain that your Mondays nights at Bird's willl now feel more like Friday nights.


Alto sax/Flute : Tim Wilson
Tenor sax : Greg Clarkson
Trumpet/Flugelhorn: Pat Thiele
Trombone: Roger Schmidli
Double bass and bass guitar: Patrick Schmidli
Drums: Darryn Farrugia
Percussion; Salvador Persico
Gianni Turcio: Piano/conductor

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