'oh by the way... which one's pink?'
Nico Di Cillo
Lead Vocals / Guitar / Bass / Technical and Artistic Director
Born in Bari, Italy, Nico Di Cillo is a singer and multi instrumentalist from Reading, Berkshire. He started playing music from a very young age and has shared the stage with various well known musicians including Lou Reed and members of Jamiroquai. He fell in love with Pink Floyd when he attended the Live in Venice concert in 1989 … it has been his favourite band ever since. Nico formed Crazy Diamond in 2015 after various incarnations and line up changes. He’s the technical and artistic director of the band, lead singer and shares the rhythm guitar and bass duties. He’s also the lead singer and guitarist of the alternative rock band Edgar and the Ravens. https://www.facebook.com/Edgarandtheravens/
Keyboards / Vocals
Moray has been playing piano longer than he can remember. His early projects included symphonic rock band Crimson Sky as well as an early incarnation of Crazy Diamond before joining Godsticks on their European tour supporting the Aristocats. More recently he became a founder member of prog rock supergroup Ghost Community and co-created a psychedelic folk project called North Haverbrook, whose sound owes more than a little to Pink Floyd. Most recently he has been working with Joe Payne (formerly of The Enid) and Kim Seviour (formerly of Touchstone) on their respective projects. Floyd has always held a place in his heart and he is delighted to be part of a band that can do justice to the music and spectacle that is Pink Floyd. He uses Kurzweil, Moog and Nord keyboards.
Rebecca started singing from a young age, received numerous awards during her career and now teaches singing at The Rock Project and privately. She is a fan of theatre and has had various roles including Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. She was a member of the Reading Pheonix Choir for 8 years and has a love for choral music. Rock music has a place in her heart and as well as providing powerful vocals for Crazy Diamond she is the lead singer for melodic metal band Incarnadine Coven.
Keyboards / Saxophone / Vocals
James has played piano since the age of 4 and later picked up the saxophone. As a youngster he was heavily involved with the Berkshire Young Musician’s Trust where he led a saxophone quartet and Swing Band. This is where James’ love for jazz came from.
In 2010 he attended the Royal Welsh College of Music as a jazz pianist. It was shortly after this that James met Nico and became part of one of the original incarnations of Crazy Diamond.
James has performed at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and St Mark’s Venice. He’s also a keen Singer Songwriter and performs covers and originals as a solo act. He uses Nord and Roland Keyboards and vintage Selmer Saxophones.
Noami Di Cillo
A passionate singer from the age of six Naomi grew up with an evident and deep desire to perform.
In 2001 she gained Foundation Training in Acting and Musical Theatre at Reading Theatre College (now Read Dance and Theatre School) and furthered her study in all Musical Theatre Disciplines. On completion of her course she received L.A.M.D.A. Grade 8 with Distinction.
In 2007 she continued her studies in Performing Arts and was offered a place on a Higher National Diploma course. Following this she took to the stage in April 2008 taking a lead role in Courttia Newland‘s B Is for Black which showcased at South Street Art’s Centre Reading.
Over the years however, Naomi has learnt to appreciate a wider musical repertoire. In 2010 she fell in love with the theatricality of Pink Floyd and in 2012 she started coaching others in a variety of musical genres.
Today a Singer/Voice and Performance Coach both privately and at ‘The Rock Project’ she uses her vivacious character to encourage confidence and deliver fun informative sessions, whilst embedding practice of good vocal health and performance discipline.
Andy learned guitar at age 14 and has been in many bands over the years including a number of cover bands and original bands. His original band had the honour of supporting the Stranglers in 2010. In 1999 he was in a professional Robbie Williams tribute band. He has been in a number of Floyd tribute acts including a 3 piece acoustic band inspired by David Gilmore's Meltdown Showcase at the Royal Festival Hall. The Black Telecaster guitar that Andy uses in some of the Crazy Diamond shows was actually built by himself after completing a guitar building course!
Bass / Lead Guitar
Simon has been playing since a young age and has been through many bands over the years. Based originally in the East Midlands he then moved south where he met and collaborated in various projects with Nico. He has been part of Crazy Diamond since the formation. He shares bass guitar and lead/rhythm guitar duties in the band and uses Fender bass guitars and Godin multivoice electric/acoustic guitars.
Shaun has been playing drums since the age of 12 years old when he developed a love for The Electric Light Orchestra. He has been in a wide variety of bands including a folk/rock band and David Bowie tribute act. At age 16 he discovered Pink Floyd and has been a passionate fan since. Now at age 43 and after securing a place in the Crazy Diamond family he says he has finally reached his goal of playing music so close to his heart, to an audience that loves it as much as he does.
He uses a Tama Star kit and a myriad of Zildjian cymbals.
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