Giampiero Colombo born in Italy and now living in Zuerich is one of the most respected musicians in the country scene. He started his professional career as a musician in 1978 and toured Europe with many ‘hot’ Dance Bands. In 1990 he decided to finally realise his dream of playing in a country band and joined Jeff Turner’s Roadshow Band where he stayed for a few years. He then joined the band of number one Swiss Country artist John Brack where he still performs as a full time member. Through the years Giampiero has also played with famous Swiss Country artists like Daniela Muehleis, Britta T, Marco Gottardi, Rolf Raggenbass, Tony Lewis, etc.
Giampiero Colombo also performs as a solo artist with a repertoire of Traditional Country, New Country, Oldies from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Giampiero can be booked for all occasions; private parties, weddings, anniversaries, festivals etc.
Born in Croydon, south London 1960.
Started in music playing drums and piano aged eight, playing in school and local youth orchestras as well as the school jazz band, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and various local rock bands. 1978 to 1981 studied percussion under James Blades at the Royal Avademy of Music in London, as well as piano and composition. Also at this time was playing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as drumming for 60's pop legend Kathy Kirby. Received LRAM (teaching) and GRSM (graduation) diplomas. After college became the timpanist with the Anglo-Dutch chamber orchestra Per Musica, playing with Rostropovitch and Jean Louis Stuermann in Italy, France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain. In 1984 recorded a CD of Ravel compositions and orchestrations.Between 1983 and 1985 worked as an accompanist, composer and teacher at the Laban Centre for Movement And Dance at Goldsmith's College, London, writing dance scores for many guest lecturers including ex-members of the Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham companies. Toured and worked in Austria and Germany with Luis Gonzales and company and worked at a summer school in Montpellier for three summers. During 1983 recorded a solo album at home which was released by Quiet Records. Around this time started working in various studios in London, first as a musician, then as an engineer, and later as a producer/programmer. Worked with Swimming in Sand, A Bigger Mercedes, Benjamin Zepheniah, Three Mustaphas Three, Born In The Swamp, Shinara and Guy Sigsworth. Since coming to Switzerland in 1988 worked as a programmer, arranger and producer, writing jingles for radio and TV, as well as producing, arranging and playing with such diverse artists and projects as Pingu, It's Five to Twelve, Thomas Moeckel, Dänu Siegrist, Hardy Schneiders, Bonnie Jeanne Taylor, Emmanuel Bex, Natascha, Oskar Klein, Ann Malcolm, Sue Mathys, Jürg Morgenthaler, Vince Benedetti, Luana and Charley Earley. As a bassist, played and recorded with "Tea4Two" and "d'Schmiir", as a keyboard player and drummer has played on many productions, as well as playing in the theater, including Basel Stadttheater, Basel Musical Thater and Zürich Schauspielhaus. From 1989 to 1995 was chief editor and copyist for Prietto Music Editions. In 2000 wrote music for "le prince" 2003 startted with judge gaffney and in 2005 released CD of own project DUST.
in Stechelberg, in the Bernese Oberland. As a young
person he played piano in his father's folk music band.
At 17 he started to play e-bass and attended the Jazz
School in Berne. As a further challenge Karl learnt
to play the classical double bass under the guidance
of Maestro Maibach in Berne.
1988 he joined Chrigel Riesen's country bands 'Crossover'
and 'Funbillies'. Karl moved over into country music
and then joined Willie Nininger in 1994. A highlight
with his time in Willie's band was a trip to Willie's
hometown of New York, where he appeared at numerous
with Willie he played innumerable gigs in Switzerland
and in Europe and as a consequence has become acquainted
with many different musicians from all over the world.
As an insider of the country music scene he began to
promote Willie and other bands under the name of Karls Music