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Luca Santaniello & Italian Dreams



Luca Santaniello & Italian Dreams

Luca Santaniello, New York drummer, composer and band leader, takes you through a musical journey made of Italian colors inspired dreams, together with two other Italian interpreters of Jazz music known for their widely recognized endeavors in the international Jazz scene: pianist Rita Marcotulli with her majesty, finesse and sophistication, and the long time friend and team mate bassist Joseph Lepore with his eclectic musical knowledge.
The strong character of the Italian song, and the melodies inspired by it, will fill the heart and mind of the listener and will instill the desire of and curiosity for further explorations.

Luca Santaniello
Italian drummer Luca Santaniello has been living in New York City since 2001, performing as a freelance jazz musician and collaborating with international Jazz musicians.
He is a graduate of Juilliard School of New York, where he attended the highly selective Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies, representing Juilliard all over the world performing and teaching master classes. Over the years, Luca Santaniello has built an impressive performance resume appearing at the finest New York City Jazz Clubs and in the most important international music venues with Jazz legends and mentors the caliber of Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Billy Harper, Roy Hargrove, Lee Konitz, Joe Locke, Kirk Lightsey. He has appeared on recordings for major music labels Verve/Universal, Max Jazz, Pursuance Records, and for internationally recognized labels such as the Italian label Music Center and French label Rideau Rouge.

Joseph Lepore
Bassist Joseph Lepore was born in New York and raised in Salerno, Italy when his parents moved the family back to their home country. Classically trained Lepore graduated from the Conservatory in Salerno with high honors and not too long after, left his hometown for Rome, where he joined a teaming musical scene and thriving Jazz community.
Soon he began playing with some of Italy’s more prominent members and visiting US Jazz musicians, including Bob Dorough, Roberto Gatto, Joy Garrison, George Garzone, Steve Grossman, David Liebman, Mike Maineri, Bob Move, Enrico Pieranunzi, Tony Scott. Since 2000, he has relocated in New York City and has worked with many top artists the like of Joe Lovano, Mark Turner,Greg Osby, Terry Lyn Carrington, Jeff Tain Watts.
His first project as a band leader "Journal" has received worldwide attention and enthusiastic reviews by the top Jazz Magazines.

Rita Marcotulli
A pupil of the Santa Cecilia Conservatory and of the Licinio Refice Conservatory and sister of the jazz singer Carla Marcotulli, Rita began playing professionally in small groups in the seventies eventually collaborating with various international artists such as Chet Baker, Billy Cobham, Peter Erskine, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Noa.
In 1987 she was voted Best New Talent through a poll by the magazine Musica Jazz, and the following year she moved to Sweden, where she remained until 1992. In 2010, Marcotulli received the Golden Ciak and the Silver Ribbon Awards for the best soundtrack, for the film “Basilicata Coast to Coast”, and in 2011 she was awarded the David di Donatello for best musician of the year (first woman to receive this award) and the Top Jazz Award as best artist, from the magazine Musica Jazz.


Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : ICI

Entrance : Free

Event is now full


Italian Cultural Institute