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Chindamo, Joe (Giuseppe Chindamo)

Chindamo, Joe [Giuseppe Chindamo], pianist and composer; Melbourne, Austrailia, 6 January 1961. His father Pasquale (b. 10 September 1929) and his mother Gerarda Chindamo (b. 19 October 1933) were both born in Reggio Calabria, Italy.

His brother, Domenic Chindamo (b. 19 August 1963) grew up in Melbourne, Australia. Joe's wife's name is Fiona Marks, now Fiona Chindamo (b. 30 December 1960) and they have a daughter, Olivia (b. 18 February 1992).
He majored in music and maths at Melbourne State College between 1979 and 1982.

He studied piano with Robert Williams between 1979 and 1981 and took piano master classes with Alexander Hinceff in 1984 and 1986. He studied piano with Massimo Bertucci in 1999.

Reflected Journey (1992); A Brief History of Standard Time (1993); Anyone Who Had a Heart (1996); Good Little Ploy (1998); The Joy of Standards (2000); Tender is the Night (2001); America (2002); The Joy of Standards Vol. 2 (2002); Paradiso (2002)

As sideperson:
Billy Cobham: By Design (1991), The Traveler (1993); Vince Jones: On the Brink of It (1985), Tell Me a Secret (1986); Christine Sullivan: It's about Time (1992), Live at Mietta's (1993), Here and Now (1997), Bloom (1998); Dave Gardiner: Artistic Lament (1997); Loose Change: Live at the Grainstore (1987)

Television appearances:
Talent contest, Junior new faces (1972); Kevin Dennis New Faces (1974); Pot 'o gold (1976); Quest '76 (1976); Young Talent Time (1973);Bert Newton Show, Channel 7 Regular performances througout 1989; guest appearance on Bert Newton show, Channel 10, 2000, 2002; Featured in ABC 20 minute Documentary (2000); featured regularly on ABC's "Coast to Coast" (2001-2002); also appeared in a televised jazz series called "The Pulse" (2000)

Radio broadcasts:
Radio National, live concert broadcasts (2001 and 2002); Jazz Track (ABC Radio), live concert broadcasts (1998)

Played on TV Broadcasts but didn't appear on screen.
Bert Newton show (1984); Young Talent time (regularly since 1982);
The Good Friday Appeal, annual performances since 1988; Carols by Candlelight, annual performances between 1984-1995; Logies awards: 1987, 1988, 1992

Composed music for:
Poker face; Coast to Coast

Played on following films:
Pharlap; The Man from Snowy River II; Return to Eden (Part 2 TV series); Young Einstein; A Town like Alice; Warlock; Evil angles (A cry in the dark); Weeds; Cool Change; Frog Dreaming; Missing in Action (partII); Jackson's Crew; The Llast Frontier; Backstage; Cheetah; Death before Dishonour; Dusty; The Alien Years; The Young Wife; Bushfire Moon; A Difficult Woman; Hotel Sorrento; Geogia; Anzacs; All the Rivers Run; A Dangerous Life; Wendy Cracked a Walnut; Darlings of the Gods; Lucinda Smith; Naked under Capricorn; Blood Moon; Death in Brunswick; Hurrican Smith; Lightening Jack; The Silver Brumby; The Silber Brumby (animated series); Act of Betrayal; Muriel's Wedding; Babe, Pig in the City; Babe II; Thornbirds; Love and Other Catastrophies; Under the Lighthouse Dreaming; Children of the Revolution; Lillian's Story

Unissued recordings and vidoes:
Untitled Record (1975); Video: 10 hours of performances at Bennetts' Lane, Melbourne; Videos: 1 hour at Pori jazz festival, Joe Chindamo trio with Hans Ulrick, Joe Chindamo with Iro Rantala, Joe Chindamo with Graem Lyall, Jeremy Alsop and David Jones.

Interviewed in:
The Australian (2001)
The Herald Sun (2001)
The Age (1998)
The Herald Sun (1995)
Progress press (2002)
Tasmania times (1998)
The Sunday Herald Sun (2000)
The Sunday Herald Sun (2001)
The Herald Sun (2001)
The Sydney Morning Herald (2002)
Financial Review (2001)
Melbourne Weekly (2001)
Sydney Morning Herald (1997)

Nominated for ARIA awards for "Anyone who had a heard" 1997 and "The Joy of Standards" 2001
Won the ABC people's choice award for Best Australian jazz CD of 1997 (Anyone who had a heard)
Won the 27th annual Entertainment "MO" award for Australian jazz instrumental performer of the year - (2002)

Contact information:
15 Myrtle Road, Canterbury
Phone +61 3 98362319,   Fax +61 3 98886094
Email:    Jchindamo@aol.com
Website: www.joechindamo.com

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