Manfredi Caputo is a professional freelance Hand Percussionist from Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Born on May 13th, 1994, his interest in hand percussion began at the age of eight, when he began taking classes until his present attendance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He was brought into the Latino culture thanks to his mother, who brought him to a conga class once, allowing him to fall in love with the sounds of Latin music.
Caputo has participated in several Music Awards, both as a musician and as a band. He was honored of a scholarship to studying at Berklee College of Music in “Umbria Jazz Festival 2015”. He also won with the Carla Restivo 5et – Paula Project awards as Tuscia in Jazz: Jimmy Wood European Award (2nd prize – jazz groups category) in Bagnoregio (Rome) against bands from all over around Europe, judged by musicians like Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kevin Hays, Eric Harland and Scott Coley. Previously, he also won with the “Paula Project” awards like: “Premio Pippo Ardini” 2014 (1st prize – jazz groups category), SolMusic 2014 (1st prize), Nanouk Summer Contest (1st prize).
During his career, Manfredi has being involved in recording soundtracks for the film (The Latin Dream, Quello che Rimane – What Remains) and CD’s (Giuseppe Mazzamuto 5et – Melodyterranean, published by DaVinci Records in Osaka, Japan; Poderosa Latin Orchestra – Greatest Hits); as he has been involved in concerts and recording session with musicians such as Eguie Castrillo, Salvatore Bonafede, Maria Pia de Vito, Huw Warren, Byron Landham and others. Quello che Rimane – What Remains was transmitted at the European Parliament during the ceremony for a commission against Mafia, titled to two heroes of Italian history – Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.
Manfredi’s unique playing style is influenced by the Jazz, Latin and Soul music of Tito Puente, Giovanni Hidalgo, Kenny Dorham, Earth Wind & Fire and many others. Thanks to music, he started to speak English and Spanish, aside from Italian, who help him to be part of all the music that he loves.