Robin DiMaggio

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Robin DiMaggio
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Robin DiMaggio in 2009
Background information
Born1971
OriginParis, France
GenresRock, world music
Occupation(s)Musician, producer, writer
InstrumentsDrums, piano
Years active1984–present
WebsiteOfficial Website

Robin DiMaggio (born 1971) is an American drummer and classical/world percussionist based out of Los Angeles. He has performed/recorded with artists as diverse as Steve Vai, Paul Simon, Diana Ross, and Dr. Dre. He has also worked as a producer/songwriter and a composer/arranger, and produced the albums Road to Forever (2012) by Don Felder of The Eagles and Be Here Then (2014) by Stephen Bishop.

In December of 2018 he was arrested by the FBI for wire fraud and faces 20 years in prison for stealing money from a homeless children's charity.[1]

Music career[edit]

As a drummer and percussionist, DiMaggio has performed/recorded with a variety of artists including Paul Simon, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Diana Ross, Tupac, Dr. Dre, Luther Vandross, Lil Jon, Martina McBride, Daft Punk, Johnny Cash, and Chris Isaak, among others, as well as sitarist/composer Ravi Shankar and violin maestro L. Shankar.

On September 9, 2013, DiMagio took the role of Musical Director and drummer for the late night TV show the Arsenio Hall Show on CBS.[2] He has since performed with Nelly, Flo Rida, R. Kelly, Billy Ray Cyrus, Gladys Knight, and Earth Wind and Fire, among others. Prior to Arsenio, he was the house band drummer on the CW's hit game show Oh Sit[3] and TBS's Lopez Tonight, hosted by George Lopez. In the latter he played with guests such as Slash, Carlos Santana, Jamie Foxx, Puff Daddy, Emilio Estefan, Hector Elizondo, Andrew Dice Clay, Andy Garcia, Lucrecia, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Steel Magnolias, David Guetta, Charlie Wilson, Beth Hart, Los Lobos, George Clinton and Justin Bieber, John Legend, Sergio Mendez, 50 Cent, P. Diddy, and Snoop Dogg. DiMagio once served as a Musical Director during the PGA Gala 67th, 68th & 69th session at the General Assembly and also served as Musical Director for the South South Awards year during the General Assembly in Sept at the Majestic Waldorf Astoria N.Y. DiMagio in 2015 was a musical Director to the United Nations. He also collaborated with legendary musician Joe Satriani as co-writer and producer to the new earthsong, Music without Words, due out in September 2015. [4][5][6][7][8][9]

Embezzlement charges[edit]

DiMaggio in December of 2018 was criminally charged with embezzlement of over $750,000 from a charity for homeless children a Bulgarian-based non-profit. The "Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation".[10][11]

If convicted, DiMaggio could face up to 20 years in federal prison.[12]

According to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's office in LA, DiMaggio lied to a Bulgarian-based non-profit called the "Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation", telling them that he'd help them with a charity concert in the Bulgarian capital to raise money for homeless and displaced children from war zones.

DiMaggio went on to deposit a $750,000 deposit payment from the "Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation", into his personal bank account. DiMaggio used the money to make payments on cars, credit card debt and his living expenses. Shortly after receipt of the wire transfer, DiMaggio had just purchased a home in Calabasas using $251,370 of the funds to pay for it for his ex-wife. The case had previously heard in civil bankruptcy court where he had admitted he bought his ex-wife's home with the money. The "Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation" was awarded a $1.2 million award in DiMaggio's bankruptcy court case.[13][14][15]

DiMaggio through counsel made several motions of the court for the removal of his electronic tracking bracelet. [16] on April 5th the court denied his request.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Album title Release details
Blue Planet
Sphere
  • Released:
  • Format: CD, digital
Cinematic Lounge
  • Released:
  • Format: CD, digital

Production credits[edit]

DVDs[edit]

  • 2009: Planet Groove (ISBN 9781423464716) – drum training DVD

Collaborations[edit]

Year Artist Album
1984 Steve Vai Flex-Able Leftovers
1996 Fire Garden
1999 The Ultra Zone
2000 The 7th Song
Kina Kina
Andrew Dice Clay Face Down Ass Up
2001 Boz Scaggs Dig
2002 Steve Vai The Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1
2004 Chris Isaak Christmas
2005 Thierry Maillard Trio Entre Deux Mondes
2006 Paul Simon Surprise
Diana Ross I Love You
2007 Song of America Various Artists
2008 Keaton Simons Can You Hear Me
Iglu & Hartly & Then Boom
2012 Don Felder Road to Forever
2014 Stephen Bishop Be Here Then
2015 Joe Satriani Music Without Words

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/united-nations-musical-director-arrested-federal-wire-fraud-charge-alleging-750000
  2. ^ a b "Robin DiMaggio". Istanbul Mehment Cymbals. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Events". DiMaggio International. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  4. ^ https://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/news/652014_pga_concert_press_release.shtml
  5. ^ https://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/2015SettingStage_Programme.pdf
  6. ^ https://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47983#.VaMD3Xj-uJU
  7. ^ http://m.webtv.un.org/watch/the-transformative-power-of-music-new-york-symphony-conductor-david-eaton-and-music-director-robin-di-maggio-press-conference/4330563014001
  8. ^ http://www.unmultimedia.org/photo/detail.jsp?id=636/636614&key=14&query=*&sf=
  9. ^ http://satriani.com/news/2015-06-08_UN.shtml
  10. ^ https://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/star-drummer-robin-dimaggio-accused-embezzling-750-000-charity-homeless-n946286
  11. ^ https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/12/10/united-nations-un-musical-director-robin-dimaggio-felony-embezzlement-charity/
  12. ^ https://deadline.com/2018/12/robin-dimaggio-arrested-wire-fraud-charity-arsenio-hall-musical-director-1202517532/
  13. ^ https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.cacd.732398/gov.uscourts.cacd.732398.1.0.pdf
  14. ^ https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/united-nations-musical-director-arrested-federal-wire-fraud-charge-alleging-750000
  15. ^ https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/8483501/united-states-v-dimaggio/
  16. ^ https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/8483501/united-states-v-dimaggio/

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