Monday, May 15, 2017

RIP Pierino Munari

Farewell to drummer Pierino Munari: he played with Mina, Modugno and Morricone

May 15, 2017

Death of drummer Pierino Munari, real name Pietro Commonara, born in Frattamaggiore in 1927. Along with great national and international artists, his performances in over 500 soundtracks are also remembered. He has collaborated with Mina, Modugno, Dalla, Paoli, Carosone and with the masters Morricone, Piccioni, Bacalov, Piovani. For Ennio Morricone "was a great percussionist, I think he has given him so much, but he has given me so much. He will miss it all." Tullio De Piscopo remembers him as "an extraordinary musician, great soloist who participated in soundtracks Unforgettable of the greatest masters. Pillar of Italian Rca "

"Pierino Munari's death deepens me deeply. He has been a great percussionist and has worked with me for several years, "Morricone continues." When our roads separated, I felt their absence, both humanly and artistically, because it was an important moment in my professional life . He was a kind, affectionate person. I will certainly miss, everyone who has been fortunate enough to know him. I think I've given him so much, but he has given me so much. "

Next September Pierino Munari would take 90 years, most of whom spent playing and teaching the drum, which was one of the absolute masters for future generations of Italian musicians.

One day on Francis Ford Coppola's set of "The Godfather Part III", a band played in the scene: at every break, actor Andy Garcia - always a big fan of love - approached the drummer and asked him to teach him some techniques Who had seen him use it shortly before. It was Pierino Munari. In this memory you sum up your talent, your great talents and your career.

Munari has played in over 500 soundtracks, many of which have been awarded several times, including the Oscar, directed by the greatest Italian and international masters (including Oscar Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith, Nicola Piovani, Luis Bacalov, Hungarian Miklós Rózsa and Armando Trovajoli, Toshiro Mayuzumi, Pigeons, Carmine Coppola, Piero Umiliani, Stelvio Cipriani, Ritz Ortolani, Carlo Rustichelli).

To remember it today is another great percussion master, Tullio De Piscopo: "Pierino is part of my childhood and somehow has also influenced my story. He was really a family and I see him every day: I go to the stairs of the house, in fact, and always look at a photo that portrays it with my father Giuseppe percussion while Gloria Christian sings "Cerasella" at a Festival of Naples in the late fifties at the Mediterranean Theater, with Carletto Esposito orchestra conductor He was a beautiful person, I never heard him criticize a colleague (something very rare in our environment) It was for a while that we did not see, but it was always a pleasure to have dinner in Rome where he lived As a musician Was extraordinary, he was the first Parthian drummer who brought his knowledge beyond Campania, and through the music he made the Neapolitan rhythm known everywhere. He was a great soloist who participated in soundtrack songs Kabyles".

Among the soundtracks in which you can listen to Munari's battery are those of "Ultimo tango a Parigi", "C’era una volta in America", "Amarcord", “Fellini 8½”, "Papillon", "Il sorpasso", "Sacco e Vanzetti", "Una giornata particolare","Anonimo veneziano", "Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto", "La battaglia di Algeri", "I soliti ignoti", "C’era una volta il West", "Giú la testa", "Divorzio all’italiana", Polvere di stelle”, "Nell’anno del Signore", "Dramma della gelosia", "Uccellacci uccellini".

He has worked on TV, radio and discography, becoming one of the most demanding and trusted drummers of the great Italian Rca family (memorable performances with Mina). Ability to use the "drummer" of the battery, Munari was the ultimate interpreter of the "military drum" in the soundtracks. At the beginning of his career, he worked with various US military orchestras - a fundamental time for his Jazz formation. With Father Thomas and Brothers Armando and Gegè, they formed the Munari Orchestra, known for being the first to swing in our country.

He collaborated with all the most celebrated Italian artists (from Johnny Dorelli to Lucio Dalla, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka to Rita Pavone and Gino Paoli, from Renato Carosone to Milva from Gianni Morandi at Lelio Luttazzi). Drummer in the first world tour of Domenico Modugno and testimonial of "Hollywood" (well-known international brand of batteries), Munari participated in six editions of the Sanremo Festival; To countless of the Naples Festival; And major international jazz festivals.

In recent years, he has been part of Pregadio's orchestra, also in televisiva "La corrida".

MUNARI, Pierino (Pietro Commonara)
Born: 9/9/1927, Frattamaggiore, Campania, Italy
Died: 5/6/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Pierino Munari’s westerns – musician (drums):
Fistful of Dollars – 1964
For a Few Dollars More – 1965
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 1966
Django - 1966
Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968
Duck You Sucker - 1972

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