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Soupstar: Giovanni Guidi and Gianluca Petrella in concert



Soupstar: Giovanni Guidi and Gianluca Petrella in concert

Finally Washingtonian jazz enthusiasts will get a chance to experience a live performance by two of the most interesting talents of Italian music: Giovanni Guidi (piano) and Gianluca Petrella (trombone), presenting the album “Soupstar”, a name that reflects the improvisational alchemy between their instruments. The concert will allow us to discover the unusual connection between these two musicians, who can successfully create their own tunes or enjoy themselves on classics like “Over The Rainbow” and “Prelude to a Kiss”.

Endorsed by the great Enrico Rava, Steve Coleman, Paolo Fresu, Marcus Rojas and Carla Bley, Giovanni Guidi and Gianluca Petrella have established a duet that sees no limits when it comes to exploring nearby territories in sound.

This concert is presented in partnership with CIDIM (Comitato Nazionale Italiano Musica) and WPFW, which will broadcast the performance live on 89.3 FM. 


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Embassy of Italy 
3000 Whitehaven Street NW 
Washington, DC 20008



Please Note



Due to new safety regulations, we are not allowed to add extra seats to the auditorium or let anyone stand. A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Doors close at event start-time.



PREVIEW (via Youtube)


Giovanni Guidi

Born in Foligno 1985, Giovanni Guidi met Enrico Rava during a Workshop in Siena. Rava noticed his talent and decided to include him in “Rava Under 21”, a project that became the famous “Rava New Generation”. With this group Guidi recorded three CDs, in 2006, 2010 and in 2016.

At the moment, beyond the partnership with Gianluca Petrella, Giovanni leads his own personal trio with Thomas Morgan and Joao Lobo, his new quintet ” Inferno” with Francesco Bearzatti on tenor sax, Roberto Cecchetto on guitar plus Thomas Morgan and Joao Lobo ( a new ECM album will be released end of 2018); the electric trio ” Drive!” with Joe Rehmer on bass and Federico Scettri on drums, and the duo “Closer” with bandoneon player Daniele Di Bonaventura 

Giovanni Guidi took part to a very large number of important jazz festivals such as: Umbria Jazz, Vicenza New Conversation, Zurich Nu Jazz, Umbria Jazz Balcanic Windows, Stavanger Mai Jazz, Jazzaldia, Gent Jazz, Warsaw Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz, North Sea Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz, Portland Jazz, Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival. Moreover, he performed in many clubs and theatres in New York, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Salvador De Bahia, Berlin, Paris, London, Munich, Dublin, Seoul, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Shenzhen, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago and Boston.


Gianluca Petrella

Internationally renowned jazz musician, Gianluca Petrella is currently one of the greatest exponents of Italian jazz in the world. Leader of several groups, he is one of the most talented trombonist in the world (winner for two times of the “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. He also worked with important Italian musicians such as: Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu and Stefano Bollani.

He’s currently active with the new “Cosmic Renaissance”, the quintet composed by Mirco Rubegni (trumpet) Francesco Ponticelli (bass), Federico Scettri (drums) and Simone Padovani (percussions); the famous and acclaimed duo “SoupStar”, with pianist Giovanni Guidi;  the “Tubolibre” Quartet with Oren Marshall (tuba), Gabrio Baldacci (guitar) and Cristiano Calcagnile (drums); “Il bidone” quintet, a tribute to Nino Rota. More recently, he founded with with Paolo Fresu, Steven Bernstein and Marcus Rojas a powerful quartet named “Brass Bang”.



Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Washington

Entrance : Free


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