An established musician and technophile, Massimo has toured and recorded with acclaimed jazz artists such as Terence Blanchard, Lizz Wright, Ravi Coltrane, Paquito D'Rivera and Lionel Loueke. His solo album, ‘Persona’ was awarded Best Jazz Album in the Independent Music Awards in 2009.
Having not shaken off his Commodore 64 pedigree, he was first in line for the original iPhone when it was released and soon after for gigs, was cramming pdf images of the Real Books on the photo app, which didn’t last very long on the list of history’s greatest ideas. Once realizing that all that was needed were chords of songs, iReal b’s rudimentary format as an app was established by the end of 2008. What started as a solo hobby during times outside of touring and practicing, has become a committed and passionate endeavor which has grown in collaboration, producing an multi-featured and ever expanding app.
Massimo enjoys dividing his time between developing the app, playing music, nerding out at Apple conferences and practicing the bass in his New York apartment. He frequently eats Japanese food, drinks lots of espresso and is getting close to making the perfect risotto.