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Gianluca Petrella is considered one of the world’s best young jazz trombonists. In 2001 he won Italy’s Django d’Or Award and the Musica Jazz annual critics poll as Best Young Talent. In 2006 and 2007 he was named by Down Beat magazine as Best Emerging Artist.
He has worked with top musicians including Pat Metheny, Jimmy Owens and Carla Bley.
Petrella, who is influenced by Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and Sun Ra, uses modern techniques such as loops and sound effects in his performances.
Pasquale Mirra is one of the most exciting vibraphonists on the international jazz scene today. For three consecutive years he was named Best Italian Vibraphonist by Jazz It magazine. He has collaborated with great improvisers such as Michel Portal, Jeff Parker and Michael Blake and regularly performs in America and Europe with distinguished American percussionist, Hamid Drake.
Pasquale is also the founder of the Bassesfere Collective, a cultural association based in Bologna that promotes the development of improvised music and research.