Artistic acknowledgements

Antonio Buonomo - Capri

Ten minutes straight of applause, enthused tourists surrounding the musicians to get autographs on their programs. The ladies from Anacapri thanking maestro Buonomo “”because we experienced wonderful emotions”: the last concert of the San Carlo season the other night in the Diaz di Anacapri square astonished all those attending and amazed people in the business as well…
Giornale di Napoli Wednesday 31 July 1985

L’Arte della percussion
(The art of percussion)
"...I am very familiar with the excellent book published by you and your brother, which I find truly admirable. The recordings too are very useful and have been adopted in my courses in this university." * (Reginald Smith Brindle, Department of Music, Bangor University, U.K.)

"...The Buonomo family has now been on the drums for centuries. The subject had already interested Aldo's and Antonio's grandparents and great-grandparents. This book is not a collection of impressions and comments on the various instruments, but a real manual for percussion - something that was really needed."
L. M. Giornale del mattino di Firenze..”

"...A very useful book for anyone who is involved in percussion or anyone who would like to know something about the subject." L. M. L'Italia di Milano

"In an extremely interesting look at all the percussion instruments in use in symphonic, jazz and folk music, the authors have finally filled in an unjustifiable void in musical publications which had, in recent times, become even more pressing." Il Mattino

"…For some time on the international scene there had been felt a need for a complete work on percussion instruments..." Corriere di Napoli

"...The authors, who come from a family that has for decades been in the vanguard of Italian percussion, hold prominent positions in the field of professional music and music teaching. Besides providing a complete method - something that had been lacking on the international market - their greatest achievement has been to make more pleasant and accessible a subject that had been the domain of a few expert readers." Avanti!.

"...The book, which is the only one of its kind, has only recently appeared in circulation, and is the result of long years of passionate research and personal experience." L'Unità

Orchestra Studies (from Beethoven a Stockhausen)
“…Antonio Buonomo is the founder and director of the “TEMPO DI PERCUSSIONE” of Napoli, Italy…
and most recently his method book, Studies for percussion from Beethoven to Stockhausen, has been published by Suvini-Zerboni Editions, Milan, Italy.”
Gene Pollart (P.A.S.)

The marimba
"A true guide to the study of the most popular percussion instruments that explores all aspects of instrumental technique. As far as we know, this is also the first attempt to do anything on this scale in Italy. Antonio Buonomo has created a work that, although it does not stray very far from traditional instrument methods, also tries some original "deviations" such as inserting a maxims and reflections on music, study and technique in cartoon form between one section and another ... The musical selections are very rich and interesting and include some original pieces dedicated to the instrument and the author."
Giovanni Gioanola - Suonare news

…I thank you for your letter and volume on the marimba, which I will read and pass around to my musicians. I always think of you with great fondness and admiration for your Art.” Riccardo Muti

"...But it can sometimes happen that you have in your hands some real didactic surprises, books that are based on a methodological system and unusually rigorous technical research. Books that, as they say, make you run home, grab your four mallets and start to study... The aspect that is most striking is the clear structure in as many chapters as the different stages in the studies of a future marimba player...Two aspects are put into focus in an admirable way; the first regards the clear and impartial explanation of the limits and advantages of the various ways of gripping the mallets, and the second, which we also find in the part dedicated to daily technique, has to do with the ample space given to exercises for opening and closing the mallets...”
Gianluca Ruggeri - Percussioni

“… The Marimba book is very interesting and challenging …” Bill Molenhof

“…Buonomo has expertly extracted all the instrument's technical possibilities, and at the same time maintained the essence of musicality.…THE MARIMBA Grip, Sound, Technique…, This book will be greatly successful, I am certain: it will become an indispensable tool, not only for students, but also for professional players at the peak of their careers." Franco Mannino, composer, winner of 1996 award for culture.

Percussion and drums school
"The Neapolitan school has provided us with the first video on an international level devoted to classical percussion and drums... For the first time ever the study of percussion instruments has been put into video-animation - a sort of karaoke which allows you to follow the notes directly on the screen, as they take on their different colours, giving the student the chance to check his or her playing technique and rhythm immediately."
Mary Attento - Il giornale di Napoli

"...The most valuable aspect of this video, in my opinion, lies in its knack of combining the essentially didactic part - which is outstanding in its ability to sum up things in a nutshell - with the part dealing with creativity and composition..." Gianluca Ruggeri (percussion tutor at L'Aquila Conservatory).

"...a video that not even the Americans have managed to make yet... In my percussion course I use many teaching videos but these usually only show off the video-makers' talents and teach little or nothing.
This video method, instead, has enabled me to learn things that none of my many teachers ever told me..." Marco Biaggioli - percussion tutor at “Citta della Musica” Tivoli (province of Rome). (From letter published of the magazine Percussioni)

"...I am happy that you have decided to publish this video course, which will be of great help to both students and professionals..." Riccardo Muti.

La musica tra ritmo e creatività (Music between rhythm and creativity)
“…The more illustrious of the two authors is a real authority in the field of rhythm: a percussionist and soloist with an international reputation and a virtuoso in the field, Antonio Buonomo is a versatile and impassioned teacher who has already devoted important publications to his favorite subject.
In this one, he attempts to develop in the reader the fundamentals of rhythm though examples and exercises: and the support of a recorded cassette is almost as good as the presence of the maestro. ...And these exercises are really fun to do: by doing them constantly, not only can those who do not have it acquire familiarity with basic concepts in music, or, in the case of musicians, develop a more subtle sensitivity towards aspects that are often overlooked, it is also easy to achieve a gradual approach to the art of rythmic improvisation... Twentieth century music uses rhythmic figures that are all the more difficult for their being asymmetrical, irregular and complex.
This book therefore deals not only with this, but devotes much space to the notation devised by the so-called musical avant-garde since the war... This notation is a real problem for the performer, being based on different principles from the time-honoured traditional systems we have been used to. And since the problem exists, there is a real need for musicians to be helped out with it in a way that Buonomo and Perra have admirably done..."
Paolo Isotta - Corriere della sera

"…His publications are truly masterful and innovative especially from the educational and didactic point of view: I will absolutely keep them in mind as I teach at the Conservatory of Parma, and also for possible adoption”.Donato Morselli

“…This manual, printed in 1987, is still extremely interesting and relevant for those who are starting off from scratch in percussion and drums. The various tempos and corresponding exercises are dealt with and explained simply and clearly, which is not always the case in publications these days... A seriously thorough production that will satisfy all those wanting to perfect their sense of rhythm and gain some familiarity with contemporary notation.” Armando Bertozzi - Percussioni

Born for the drum set
“Maestro Antonio Buonomo strikes again! This time with a book dedicated to children, but not only… The author, a teacher (in addition to musician, soloist and composer) of international fame, surprises once again with this truly innovative method, where the student has a way to give free expression to instinct and creativity without the inhibitions and conditioning of the solfeggio… After so many publications dedicated to the snare drum, drum set, timpani, vibraphone and marimba and the very rich video, this new "Born for the Drum Set," already offered in English, has all the qualifications to become an international "best seller." Personally, I tried it out on my youngest students with surprising results.”
Gianluigi Marchi - Percussioni

“… “…Quiero felicitarlo "especialmente" por tu trabajo, el metodo es muy didactico y la relacion de los colores y las figuras es de tremendo impacto para los chicos. Lo probé con mi hijo de 6 años... Le mando un gran abrazo y le quiero proponer poner la tapa de su metodo en la pagina de los bateristas argentinos para su difucion, con un link a su direccion.“
Daniel Volpini

Spazio zero
“A new, lively and interesting music, played with primitive instruments and written in a manner understandable by non-musicians…The composition holds more than a few surprises because, in an era dominated by electronics, no one expects such beautiful and interesting effects from simple instruments like wooden drums, pots tuned with water, etc.…”
Claudio Poggi - Nuovo sound

“...The interpretation of the piece, Kluster, is noteworthy, one of the best moments in the entire concert. Here, Buonomo's research follows the footsteps of Debussy, a composer who strongly felt the need to emancipate dissonance from the laws of traditional composition… B. S. - Il Messaggero

”...The review of avant-garde music promoted by the Municipality of Naples concluded the other evening at Villa Pignatelli. ..There was a contribution from a group of Neapolitan musicians, Luciano Cilio, Antonio Buonomo, Carmelo Columbro, Antonio de Santis and Renato Piemontese…A noteworthy contribution by Antonio Buonomo in the double role of performer and composer…”
Sandro Rossi - L’Unità

“…Buonomo reached a new dimension, beyond the superimposition of rhythms and melodies, beyond the exploration of woods and metals, beyond John Cage's music of silence: making music heard through the thoughts communicated by gestures… the composition is written but is executed only with gestures. And yet you hear it because music is not only sound but movement, life…”
Sandro Petrone - Il Gazzettino di Napoli

Akwadum and Latino classico
“…Right from the very first piece, "Akwadum," by Antonio Buonomo, the applause was thunderous and sincere… At the end of the first part there was great appreciation, especially by the young people, for the South American rhythms of "Latino Classico" that surrounded the immortal melodies of Mozart...”
M. De Rosa - Percussioni

The pieces, Frammenti and Afrikania were in the place of honor at the end of the two parts of the concert, followed very carefully by a very numerous public of enthusiastic young people…”
Francesco Canessa - Il Mattino

“…It was followed by Afrikania, a succession of rhythms and melodies originally from the main ethnic group of Ghana, the Ashanti…the first of the rhythms was of particular interest, performed without instruments but only with the beating of hands and feet…” Vice - L’Unità

Ritmi latini - Negro Spirituals - Invenzioni a tre voci
“…The public's enthusiasm grew with the popularity of the pieces, especially with the
South American rhythms and the spirituals (tracing its true roots in the melancholy songs of the long-suffering religiosity of the Black slaves). Several selections by Bach aroused great curiosity and admiration…”
Renato Marengo - Ciao 2001

I “…I was interested in your music. Now I’m very happy because I could listen your music.
Especially, combination of female voice and percussion is very impressed for me. Thanks again for great music!”
Akira Lizuka (Jp)

“…The most enthusiastic moments were those inspired by folk music like the… “4 Hungarian Dances” by Feldolgozasa, which Buonomo did an excellent job transcribing into a version for marimba and vibraphone, as regards the melodic part: a selection that, on the whole, captures the author's spirit.”
Paolo Animato - Paese Sera

Drums of Africa
“…For many years, Buonomo has been offering the public a type of music (contemporary, but also popular and classical) made from natural sounds, exclusively performed by percussion instruments…And the most important pages of this evolution in Italy are due precisely to Buonomo. His artistic path is endless and starts from far-off…” A. Fu. - Il centro

Pop music compositions

“…He has been on the musical scene for over a half a century and Neapolitan music, which was primarily heard in his early works, is still very much alive in his overall inspiration. He has also used the Neapolitan sixth in several Italian songs such as Occhi sognanti. Other songs that he has composed include Tango del veliero and Bolero classico...
He has met Stravinsky and Hindemith during his long and prestigious career.
His career as educator was determined by Nino Rota who had him participate in a competition for the“N. Piccinni” Conservatory in Bari which he was directing.
He was one of the first musicians in Europe to present all-percussion concerts.
As a composer, he wrote Vuoto, and extraordinary piece of visual music performed at the Villa Pignatelli in Naples.

Encyclopedia of Neapolitan Music (Magmata Edition)

Municipality reference of Como
Local Government Prize (Municipality of Como)

Tour with medal (Teatro San Carlo Naples)

Ministry of education
Municipality of Bacoli
Municipality of Acerra