Francesco Petreni

Samba, Italy

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

He is director, arranger and conductor of "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).

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.

Drummer, percussionist and composer, he has played with many musicians, among whom Marc Johnson, Jonny Griffin, Palle Danielsson, Mal Waldron, Eddie Henderson, Claudio Roditi, Cameron Brown, George Cables, Bill Smith, Tony Scott, Guinga, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, etc., participating in international festivals, and concerts in Cuba and Brazil.

He has taken part in more than sixty recordings also with Enrico Pieranunzi trio, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Henderson, Eddie Wied, David Links, Paolo Fresu, Luca Flores, Ares Tavolazzi, Furio Di Castri, Stefano Bollani, Maria Pia de Vito, Kim Prevost, Bill Solley, Gabriele Mirabassi, Fabrizio Bosso, and brasilian music with Dadi, Marisa Monte, Ivan Lins, Hamilton De Holanda, Barbara Casini, Gilson Silveira, Marivaldo Paim.

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