Michele Staino (Fiesole, 1980), double bass player and composer. He studied with the teachers Furio Di Castri, Paolino dalla Porta, Piero Leveratto, Raffaello Pareti, Buster Williams and William Parker. He played with: Gianni Coscia, Stefano “Cocco” Cantini, Keith Middleton, Alessandro Lanzoni, Simone Graziano, Fabrizio Mocata, Paul Dabiré, Amana Melomé, Bobo Rondelli and Bill Smith (of Dave Brubeck Quartet fame). He has been artistic director of avant-garde jazz festival Jazzando in Rome in the years 2008/2010. In 2009 he played with Lu Colombo in Rai Uno (Italy’s first television channel) show “I migliori anni”. He is the bass player of instrumental folk quartet Baro Drom Orkestar, a band that consistently tours Europe (England, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Slovakia, Holland). With this band in 2016 he played in the biggest european festival: Sziget Festival in Budapest. In 2014 he published with Irma Records the first album made with fellow musician and music therapist Renato Cantini: “Ipnotize” was presented with success at the jazz festival Prato Estate 2014. In 2017 he played in the Ariston Theatre (of Festival di Sanremo’s fame) with the singer-songwriter Alessio Arena at the Festival dedicated to the memory of the late Luigi Tenco. He finished composing his second work with Renato Cantini and stand up comedian Arianna Porcelli Safonov, due to be published soon.