Mike Del Ferro raised in a musical family. His father was a celebrated opera singer and inspired Mike to study classical piano at the Amsterdam
Conservatory. When he heard Oscar Peterson in concert, he became fascinated by jazz music ( he repeated Oscar's music without tears at his parents piano ..) and thanks to Jerry Van Rooyen (1928-2009), a well known Dutch trumpet player, bandleader and composer and Henk Elkerbout, he finished his studies and received a master on Contemporary Music.
Jeroen Vierdag ( photo courtesy: Hans Koert)
Since that day, Mike became a sought after pianist, who received a lot of awards. The album Electric Night (1989), recorded by Future Shock, must have been his debut on record, as he can be heard on it as a guest player with the tune China Air. In February 1994 he recorded for the first time under his own name with the Del Ferro / Overwater / Paeffgen Trio – the start of series of own recordings. Recently Mike released his first album for Challenge Records – the opener of a series of almost a dozen albums …..
The Journey - Mike Del Ferro (Challenge Records CR73321)
The first album by Mike Del Ferro at the Challenge label is entitled: The Journey and in fact an introduction to a series of records. His new trio contains the young double bass player ( also on electric bass), Jeroen Vierdag and the experienced Belgian drummer Bruno Castellucci, who debuted on record somewhere in the 1970s with Philip Catherine, Richard Rousselet and Marc Moulin.
Mike Del Ferro (© Challenge records - photo courtesy: Hans Speekenbrink)
Like Brad Mehldau, who released a series of Art of the Trio albums during the past decades, Mike Del Ferro wants to share his experiences, he had during his world tours …… Like a real cosmopolitan – an explorer or if you like a collector of foreign countries, he proudly announced that he visited almost a hundred foreign countries during his career, where he was inspired by local artists. In his announced series of records, The Journey, he will share the music inspired by his trips to these remote exotic places.
This album can be ordered at Challenge Records and Mike Del Ferro's site..
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