Enzo Zirilli is considered one of the most versatile and creative Italian drummers of the last generation, having worked all around the world with great jazz, world music and pop artists such as Charlie Mariano, Steve Grossman, James Moody, Enrico Pieranunzi, Dado Moroni, Randy Brecker, Gloria Gaynor, Larry Schneider, Antonio Forcione, Marco Pereira, Gary Bartz, George Garzone etc.
Born in Turin 1965 he started playing drums when he was 8 years old and studied piano at G. Verdi Conservatory in Turin. He got in touch with jazz music, meeting the great tenor saxophonist Larry Nocella and many other important musicians such as Franco Cerri, Benny Bailey, Hal Stein, Gianni Basso, Flavio Boltro, Antonio Faraò.
He toured with Gloria Gaynor in 1991 and lately, since 1996, he worked with the Italian pop-jazz singer Rossana Casale. At the same time he has played many important festivals, theaters and jazz clubs in Italy, Europe and around the world with great musicians like Steve Grossman, James Moody, Robert Bonisolo, Luigi Bonafede, George Garzone, Randy Brecker, Dado Moroni, Enrico Pieranunzi, Ares Tavolazzi. Franck Avitabile, Stefano Di Battista, Gary Bartz, Ira Coleman, Larry Schneider, Flavio Boltro, Salvatore Bonafede etc.
At the present time he collaborates with Enrico Pieranunzi in his quintet, quartet and trio, with the Dado Moroni trio and quartet and with acoustic guitar players Antonio forcione and Marco Pereira.
In 2001 he formed Scenario, a trio with Hammond player Alberto Marsico and saxophonist Simone Santini, playing and arranging the music of the Beatles fort he German label Organic Music.
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1992 Mella, Allione Quartetto “Enklisis” DDD
1995 Archetipo orchestra “Archetiporchestra”
1995 Luigi Tessarolo trio feat. George Garzone “Kaleidoscope” DDQ
1996 Francesca Oliveri + Elena Roggero “Send in the Clows” REM
1998 Luigi Tessarolo Quartetto feat George Garzone “Soul Season” DDQ
1998 Donovan Mixon feat. Eddie Henderson “Language of the emotions” Philology
1998 Gianni Basso Quartet “Italian Balladeur” Philology
1999 Rossana Casale “Jacques Brel in me” Nuova Carish
1999 Barbara Raimondi quartetto feat. Emanuele Cisi “Vita da altoparlante” Philology
1999 Alessio Menconi Trio with Piero Leveratto e Enzo Zirilli “Argot” MAP
2000 Rossana Casale “Strani frutti” Nuova Carisch
2000 Ron Ringwood Crosscut Blues Band “Earth tones” Organic music
2001 Blob Quintet B. Barbera, R. Regis, G. Petrella, A. Maiorino “Mon Dieu” L’Eubage
2003 Rossana Casale “Riflessi” Azzurra Music
2003 Antonio Forcione “Touch Wood” Naim (Great Britain)