Gianluca Petrella

One of the most talented trombonist all around the world (twice a winner of “Down Beat Critics Poll” award as best rising star trombonist), his international collaborations include, among others: Steve Swallow, Greg Osby, Carla Bley, Steve Coleman, Tom Varner, Michel Godard, Lester Bowie, Sean Bergin, Hamid Drake, Marc Ducret, Roswell Rudd, Lonnie Plaxico, Ray Anderson, Pat Metheny, Oregon, John Abercrombie, Aldo Romano, Steven Bernstein and the Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen.

Collaborations with italian musicians: Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Stefano Bollani, Giovanni Guidi and many others.


In 2003, Gianluca Petrella collaborated with 9lazy9 (Ninja Tunes) and performed with the worldwide famous avant duo Matmos. In the same musical fields, stands the collaboration with Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer for the project Re:ECM. He also works with Nicola Conte, dj Ralf and Moritz von Oswald. His first electronic disc, “103 Ep”, is released in February 2015 by Records.

Now he’s active with the new “Cosmic Renaissance”, the quintet composed by Mirco Rubegni (trumpet) Francesco Ponticelli (bass), Federico Scettri (drums) and Simone Padovani (percussions); the new Trio 70’s (with Michele Papadia and stefano Tamborrino); the famous and acclaimed duo “SoupStar”, with the pianist Giovanni Guidi: they recorded a new disc for ECM in February 2015 after an important year (the last one) filled by a lot of concerts all around the world; “Tubolibre” Quartet with Oren Marshall (tuba), Gabrio Baldacci (guitar) and Cristiano Calcagnile (drums); the solo “Exp and Tricks”, a musical journey in the first year of the Cinema (project in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna).

He works continuously with Enrico Rava and recently he created (with Paolo Fresu, Steven Bernstein and Marcus Rojas) the powerful quartet Brass Bang.