Paul Cavaciuti | drummer, pianist, composer, teacher
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Paul Cavaciuti is an internationally renowned performer, composer, educator and music therapist.

After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1986, he began a performance career that has encompassed a wide variety artists and musical styles, from Indie rock and pop, to jazz, fusion, Latin music and West End shows. His credits include work with; Jim Mullen, Donovan, The David Gordon Trio, Tina May, Jacqui Dankworth, Sarah Moule, Steven Blier and The New York Festival of Song, Alison Bentley and the Jazz Menagerie, Dave O’Higgins, Nick Meier, Theo Travis, John Donaldson, Tim Whitehead, Cayenne, Roberto Pla, Christie Hennessy, Chris Garrick, John Etheridge, Craig Schneider, Colin Oxley, Paul Moylan, Annie Whitehead, Mornington Lockett, Gail Thompson Big Band, Rob Hall, The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, Carmen Leggio and The Royal Shakespeare Company. His playing has been described as “inspired” (Jazz Journal International), “outstanding” and “virtuosic” (Musician Magazine), and “one of the best jazz drummers in the UK” (Bath and West Times). He has toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and the Middle East.

Paul is also an extremely successful jazz educator. He was Head of Percussion at the Musician’s Institute in London and head of music at Dutchess Day School in Millbrook, NY, where he set up a highly successful outreach programme taking children into local hospitals and nursing homes to sing with residents. He was also a visiting lecturer in music education at the Australian National University in Canberra, 2003. He has taught extensively in the US and UK, at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, White Plains, NY, The Westchester School of Music in Mamaronek, NY and at Westminster School in London. He enjoys a thriving private teaching practice in both drums and piano, and currently teaches at Richmond Adult College and Saint Lawrence College, Ramsgate.

As a Music for Health practitioner, Paul graduated from the Institute for Music and Health in South Salem, NY in 2000. Set up by Dr. John Diamond MD, a pioneer in the field of music and health, it was for many years the only music therapy course actually set up by a medical doctor. Since then, Paul has worked a great deal with children with learning difficulties and with the elderly. He was Music Therapist at the Center for Human Development in Springfield, Mass, where he worked extensively with schizophrenia and depression, and a senior instructor at the IMH. He has also worked with several autistic children over the years, including the celebrated piano virtuoso, Derek Paravicini.

Paul’s work as a composer has been featured on BBC television, Jazz FM, on the last three albums by the David Gordon Trio and now on his own CD, Francisco’s Rhumba by the Paul Cavaciuti Quartet.