Gianluca Petrella

Gianluca Petrella (Bari, 1975) is one of the most internationally renowned Italian musicians. Instrumentalist, composer and producer, Petrella won Down Beat Critics Poll in the “rising stars” category for two years in a row and, in over 20 years working in the field, he had the chance to horizontally cross all the best offered by the contemporary music scene, both in the discographic environment and live show contests by playing in worldly recognized festivals and clubs.

Besides the important and over twenty years long artistic bond with Enrico Rava, in his variegated professional path Gianluca worked side by side with a vary large amount of Italian and international prestigious artists: from the Sun Ra Akestra directed by Marshall Allen to Carla Blay, from Paolo Fresu to Matmos, from Lester Bowie and Manu Di Bango to Pat Metheny and John De Leo, Dj Ralf, Ricardo Villalobos, Max Loderbauer and Moritz von Oswald. Over-ten-year lasting collaboration is also the one between Petrella and producer, dj and musician Nicola Conte, while his interest for mixing different artistic disciplines lead him to create original works for cinema, dance and theatre productions (Exp and Tricks 2010, Liquido 2016, HOODOO, 2019, Flow- La mente Latente, 2015).

ECM, Emi/Blue Note Records, Schema Records, !K7, are only few of the discographic labels that released records by Gianluca Petrella, who founded his own Spacebone Records in 2009 reconfirming his deep knowledge of musical production gathered by working in some of the best recording studios in the world. Since 2017 he regularly collaborates with Lorenzo Cherubini aka Jovanotti both on stage and in recording sessions while continuing sharing artistic projects with outstanding artists such as Pasquale Mirra and DJ Gruff. As a leader he’s currently working with quintet Cosmic Renaissance (galactic evolution of his Cosmic Band) and Trio 70’s.