bandoneonist, pianist & composer


Welcome to Paolo Russo's music universe

A journey across Italian flavours, classical tones, Nordic landscapes, free improvisations, with a distant echo of Argentinean tango

"OVERLAND" Paolo Russo Trio - worldwide release

May 2019

Paolo's album "Overland" was released May 2019 worldwide by Odradek Records. Get your own copy following one of the links below. The music on the album is composed and arranged by Paolo and reflects the outer and inner journey with beautiful melodies and virtuos playing. 

"Overland represents for me a sort of manifesto, a way of exploring the world far from the convulsive and frenetic activity that increasingly characterises our everyday human condition. In a society that imposes speed, materialism and competition, I prefer to enjoy a calm, slow and reflective rhythm, which leaves more space for research, observation, contemplation and deepening..."

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artwork: Katrine Krog Russo

cover: Tommaso Tuzj

"Imaginary Soundtrack" - worldwide release

October 2019

"Imaginary Soundtarck" is the 15th album release from Paolo. all the music composed by Paolo and inspired by Italian movie soundtracks. The album is released by Odradek Records.

On Imaginary Soundtrack you can enjoy a more classical/world music compositions from Paolo’s hand.

The work features recorder, vibraphone, contrabass and bandoneon. The music finds its inspiration in the magic world of Italian film music, in the courageous attempt of presenting a soundtrack without a movie, challenging and inviting the audience to create in their mind, while listening, their own pictures, characters, scenography and dialogues.

Watch a live recording @ Frederiksværk Musikfestival

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- recording with Chamber Orchestra in Serbia

In November 2019 Paolo went to Novi Sad, Serbia to record his first concerto for Bandoneon and Chamber Orchestra . Click here or on the picture below to see a 3-min. promo-video, where you get an idea of the atmosphere and intensity of the concerto. A vibrant, strong and authentic expression of Paolo's musical vision and ongoing dedication to creating new original music for bandoneon.

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"My deepest appreciation goes to all those who have participated in this project, starting from the beautiful musicians of the Zrenjaninski Kamerni Orkestar, the entire audio recording crew at Studio M and the video recording crew, led by Srecko Milosavljevic. Very special thanks to the conductor, Thommy Andersson, to the executive producer, Lelo Nika, to the orchestra manager, Roman Bugar and to the assistant Katrine Krog Russo."


Click on the pictures below or visit Paolo's Bandcamp website to stream the music from his latest solo bandoneon album "Songs from the Forest", released in December 2018 and the wonderful "Fellini Goes Jazz", an album dedicated to the music of the great Nino Rota. You can purchase Paolo's music directly from Bandcamp or iTunes - or by contacting us directly at info@paolorusso.com. Please go to the Media and shop page to learn more.

Songs from the Forest

This is the third release in the series of solo bandoneon albums from Paolo Russo. The first album contained jazz standards (2016); the second album (2017) featured newly composed music (including the bandoneon sheet music)

The third bandoneon solo album presents original material, melodic and “cantabile”, composed and improvised by Paolo Russo. 

The inspiration from the forest can be perceived throughout the whole album, where Paolo's atmospheric melodies and free improvisations remind the listener of the power and eternal force of nature. 

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Fellini Goes Jazz

Paolo Russo takes the listener on a journey through some of the most famous themes from Fellini's masterpieces, "Amarcord", "La Dolce Vita" and "8 e 1/2", as well as a selection of melodies from the unforgettable soundtrack of "The Godfather".

This outstanding music material is re-interpreted, re-arranged and presented by Paolo Russo and his quintet in two suites, the "Fellini Suite" and the "Godfather Suite", recorded live during the 2013 Copenhagen Jazz Festival at Jazzhus Montmartre. 

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Here you can watch more than 100 videos spanning from Paolo playing with symphony orchestra, classical trio, jazz duo - quintet, and not least his solo videos showing his technique and groundbreaking works on the bandoneon. From the intimacy of his studio to some of the most prestigious stages in the world.

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