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Francesco Petreni ‘Viva Brazil’

Pizza Express Jazz Club London
23:00, 20 August 2016

10 Dean Street, London, W1D 3RW
+44 207 439 4962
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Francesco Petreni, Drums and Percussion
Bruce Barth, Piano
Arnie Somogyi, Bass
Guillermo Rozenthuler, Vocals - guest appearance
Perico Sambeat, Alto Saxophone - guest appearance
Libor Smoldas, Guitar - guest appearance

A passionate, colourful, and evocative night of rich music imbued with the vital firey and explosive rhythms of Latin America.  A wonderful band led by this truly fantastic, virtuosic drummer, percussionist and composer. He has played with many of the great musicians, including Marc Johnson, Jonny Griffin, Palle Danielsson, Mal Waldron, Ivan Lins, Eddie Henderson, Claudio Roditi, Cameron Brown, George Cables, Guinga, Paolo Fresu, Avishai Cohen, participating in hundreds of international festivals, and concerts all over Europe Cuba and Brazil.

He directs, and arranges and conducts  "Bandao Percussion Orchestra" with which has performed more than 300 concerts, festivals and carnivals (London, Salvador de Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Coburg,Venice, Milan, Viareggio).

Composer and leader of "SDEONG", a sextet of percussions, voices and dance.

Since 2001 he has been professor at the International Siena Jazz International Workshops, and he is teacher of Jazz Basic Course and Advanced Jazz Drums Technics e at the Conservatory of Livorno.  Since 2010 he has been teaching and performing on Global Music Foundation courses and events.

He holds a degree in Letters and Music History, and in 2008 he took a Superior Conservatory Degree in Jazz, and published his thesis: "The Improvvisation in Brasilian Music".

He has composed and arranged for ballets (Motus Dance) chamber music (Conservatory of Livorno) and original compositions for "Carmina Burana in Jazz".

He has been a teacher and performer at many courses and drum and percussion workshops all over Europe, South America and the Caribbean.



Francesco Petreni ‘Viva Brazil’