Born in Rome in 1970, Simone Prattico grew up listening to recordings of musicians such as Art Blakey, Max Roach, Weather Report and Motown artists. He started playing drums at the age of four and soon began jazz drumming lessons.
In the 1990's Simone travelled to Paris, where he studied with snare drumming masters Guy Lefevre and Emmanuel Bourseault, and earned a Teaching Degree from the Ecole Superieur de Batterie Emmanuel Bourseault in 1992.
In 1997, already a recognized stage musician and recording artist, he furthered his technical studies in Nice, France, with Jean-Paul Ceccarelli at the Conservatoire National de Musique.
From the moment he began playing professionally, in his teens. Simone has shown himself to be an exceptionally versatile musician, working in pop, funk, soul, rock, world music as well as jazz and Brazilian music. This is seen in his many collaborations, including famous Italian pop artists.
Simone moved to Paris in 2005, where he soon became the ‘house drummer’ of Blue Note jazz club for their jam sessions. During this period he performed at numerous important international music festivals. He also travelled to New York City in 2005, beginning a period of collaboration with many respected American musicians and training with teachers such as Kenny Washington, John Riley, Portinho, and Adam Cruz.
Many international engagements and collaborations followed with artists such as Marcia Maria, Hindi Zahra, Raul Mascarenhas, Catia Werneck, Fredrika Stahl, Rick Margitza, Cliff Korman, El Tanbura, Tom Mc Clung, Pierre Boussaguet, Marcelo Ferreira, Piers Faccini, Philippe Baden Powell, and Makoto Kuriya among many others.
These collaborations have taken Simone to the stages of the most important jazz, rock, and world music festivals, as well as legendary venues such as Billboard, Ronnie Scott's, Olympia, Joe's Pub to name a few.
In 2011, Simone formed, in New York City, a new trio with Brandi Disterheft on bass and Klaus Mueller on piano. Their playing demonstrates a strong musical and human understanding, and their studio sessions have been combined to produce Simone's solo debut album,“Brooklyn Sessions”. The album’s original compositions meld jazz, funk, and afro, a perfect musical setting for each of the three accomplished musicians to freely express themselves.
Today this musical playground is the field where the live performances take shape, and where music blooms, matching captivating (almost tribal) rhythms with sophisticated melodies.
List of selected engagements and collaborations:
Piers Faccini, Dario Deidda, Daniele Silvestri, Jean Christophe Maillard, Pierre Boussaguet, Philippe Baden Powell, Christian Martinez, Paris – Horns, Etienne M’Bappe’, Christian Escoudé, Hervé Mechinet, Guy N’sangue, Patrick Watson, Sarah Morrow, Sidney Rodriguez, Adika Pongo, Mike Francis, Luis Manresa, Irving Acao, Max Gazze’, Gege’Telesforo, Marina Rei, Ragazzi italiani, Riccardo Sinigallia, Fredrika Stahl, Family One, Klaus Mueller, Brandi Disterheft, Ibrahim Maalouf, Hindi Zahra, Catia Werneck, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, Manu Le Prince, Francis Lockwood, William Lecomte, Acelino de Paula, Raul Mascarenhas, Rick Margitza, Cliff Korman, El Tanbura, Tom Mc Clung, Jasser Haj Youssef, Marcello Ferreira, Marcia Maria, Pierre de Bethmann, Makoto Kuriya…