Franco PinnaNew York, NY
Franco Pinna started his musical career as a drummer and percussionist in 1988 in Tucumán, Argentina where he performed and recorded with some of the most prominent musicians of the country.
In 1998 ,Franco moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music , where he obtained the “Outstanding Musicianship” scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude .
Since he moved to New York in 2004 , he has worked as a sideman , playing a wide variety of rhythms and has recorded more than 70 albums accompanying many artists around the globe. He has also taught South American rhythms in various seminars .
In 2015 he began his own musical project “Chuño”, an experimental duo with vocals and percussion set that blends the rhythms and melodies of South and Central America.
His setup includes traditional drum set , percussion from around the globe and “Arpalegüera” , instrument designed and crafted by him that evokes the sounds of Andean Charango, African Kora, and Asian Koto.
Drum Set +Percussion+Arpa Legüera
Arrangement of the song “Afro Blue” (Mongo Santamaría).
Played on percussion set with “ARPALEGÜERA”( instrument created and built by FRANCO PINNA).
Duo = DRUM SET +PERCUSSION+ARPA LEGÜERA+VOCALS
Chuño is an experimental music duo originated by two Argentinian, New York City-based musicians, percussionist Franco Pinna and singer Sofia Tosello.
Chuño blends the rhythms and melodies of South and Central America, using the “Arpa Legüera”, an instrument that evokes the sounds of a Charango, African Kora, and Asian Koto.
Arpa Legüera was invented and crafted by Franco P. in 2013.