Alessandra Massari has approached the world of percussion instruments since the age of 19, during a long tour in Togo, Western Africa, where she got fascinated by the central role of music in the local population's daily life: on that occasion, she was able to catch both the communicative aspect and the universal message of it. Back in Italy, she decides to take up studying percussions with the teacher Adolfo Valeri; then, she deepens her knowledge of Afro-Cuban music at the school 'Timba', having Roberto Evangelisti as teacher for four years. At the same school she collaborates with musicians of high level like Giancarlo Ciminelli, Juan Carlos Albelo Zamora, Valter Paiola, El Goyo. In the same years, she attends workshops of African percussions with Badu N'Diaye, of Eastern percussions with Mohamed Abdalla, Brasilian percussions with Neney Santos.
Besides the study of percussions, she takes part in musical events in Rome as solo musician and in ensemble with bands of the local music scene, some of which she contributes in founding. In her concert activity, she ranges from rock and pop to latin, blues, folk and soul, performing in several Italian locations, theatres, clubs and festivals, including the 'Festival della Canzone popolare e d'autore' (Festival of popular and singer-songwriters song) Musicultura.
In 2003, she played in a band composed by sixty African percussionists in the TV show 'Stasera pago io', conducted by Fiorello, and in 2010 she partecipated with a quartet band in the TV programme 'Ti lascio una canzone' conducted by Antonella Clerici.
The passion for percussions
leads Alessandra to take on new paths, in order to deepen her knowledge in the relationship between man and sound. In 2005 she enrolls at the three years course of the 'Musictherapy Training School' 'Oltre', in Rome, obtaining her degree in 2008. At the same time, she begins her studies in psychology at the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology of University 'La Sapienza', and graduates in 2013 in Psychological Techniques and Science, with a thesis entitled 'Musicotherapy in dementia'. In 2015 she becomes part of A.I.M. (Italian Association of Musicotherapy).