Felipe Paccagnella is a well-rounded musician based in Laurel, MD. He is very grateful to God for allowing him the opportunity to finish his second album in 2018, which is composed of original music and christian hymns in a Bossa Nova style. He hopes to expand the horizons of music in church as a ministry to encourage listeners to focus on heaven in order to glorify God, who is the giver and owner of his talents, according to Felipe. Along with his interest in playing music, Felipe believes in music education and also works as a teacher. He is passionate about making sure that parents are equipped with tools to better educate their children. Felipe also has a degree in psychology from the University of Maryland and hopes to conduct research on how learning jazz can improve an infant’s self-confidence, awareness, and ability to focus.
As an instrumentalist, Felipe has performed on national television twice, and is featured in several different albums around the world. Felipe has done studio work not only in jazz, but also in bossa nova, pop, electronic, contemporary christian, funk, folk, african and orchestral music. His ability to play bass, guitar, saxophone, drums, and piano has opened many different doors to participate in several projects. Felipe has a associate of arts degree in jazz piano, and has performed as a jazz pianist in venues all over the United states, including the Strathmore theater, the Riverbend Festival, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Blues Alley, AJACS, the Twins Jazz Club and more.
In 2013, Felipe released his first EP, entitled Christmas Jazz. The album features three Christmas carols re-arranged by Felipe himself and played live on a studio with a drummer, saxophonist and bassist. The EP includes complex harmonic and rhythmic content put together in a musical way with exceptional musicians. The tunes in that album were all recorded in a single take, with all the instruments playing simultaneously in the studio. Because of that, a jazz enthusiast is enabled to enjoy the complexity of the music itself along with the interaction between the musicians during the recording. (Click here to listen to the Christmas Jazz EP)