LULELA – An interactive concert 
with multiple evolutionary possibilities.

Lulela is first and foremost a concert, in which a story is told. But it is more than that.
It is a contemporary music-theatre concert articulated in multiple evolutionary possibilities.

Libretto, Concept and Music – Composed by Gabriele di Franco.


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Bud Powell Jazz Orchestra


The Jazz Cultural Association “Bud Powell” of Maglie (Italy), after years of musical and social activity, has decided to invest in an ambitious and extraordinary project: 22 musicians, an unpublished repertoire, for the formation of a Big Band that brings musical and social input to now unprecedented in Salento.
From November 2016 the orchestra is directed by the guitarist, composer Gabriele di Franco, who also plays the role of composer and arranger.


L’Associazione Culturale Jazz Bud Powell di Maglie, dopo anni di attività sul territorio, ha deciso di investire in un progetto ambizioso e straordinario: 22 musicisti, un repertorio inedito, per la formazione di una Grande Band che apporti un input musicale e sociale sino ad ora inedito.
La formazione è diretta dal chitarrista, compositore Gabriele di Franco che veste anche il ruolo di compositore e arrangiatore.

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Dedalo – produced by Ass. Bud Powell di Maglie

Gottfried di Franco 5et

Together, they cumulate more than a half-century of jazz practice as musicians, composers, band leaders in an international jazz background.

The sound flows with a melodic perceptiveness that while resting on technique nevertheless possesses enormous clarity.

After years of collaboration in their respective bands playing around Europe, they decided to put together their music and energies to make a common project.

The repertoire is entirely composed of original compositions written by the guitarist Gabriele di Franco and the saxophonist Stefan Gottfried.

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So Far – Sena production / Gottfried di Franco © 2018

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The Sanskrit term “bija” (seed) represents the source and at the same time the cause of all things.

It is the vibration, the primordial sound from which it all began. From this fascination, in 2011 Bija were born.
This atypical trio, composed, somewhat by chance, of an electric guitar, a trumpet and drums, made the decision to create music according to their personalities without musical prejudices.
The result is a dense writing, inspired by different musical perspectives such as rock, classical, world and jazz, which constitutes the trio’s musical backgrounds.

They took part in both festivals and contests such as Jimmy Wood Award 2012, the B-Live contest 2012 (Critics Award), the Soundslices contest 2012 (first place) and the JazzUp 2012 (Band revelation of the year 2012).

In Autumn 2014 it was published the Album “BIJA” (SLAM production).
In April 2017 they won the 1st price at “Multiculturita Black Music Contest”.
In November 2017 they won the “Audience Price” at Sibiu Jazz Festival(RO).

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Bija – SLAM production 2014


Rubiks is young band formed in Brussels by four aspiring musicians. The members have all worked internationally as side-men and leaders of multiple and diverse music projects. The band target is to create their own musical language and incorporate all of the musicians influences. To move an audience by breaking up the space that can occur between the music and the listener. Rubiks creates an articulate dense music that still sounds straight forward and easy to the listeners ears. Call it modern and progressive jazz, experimental grooves and good vibes. But Rubiks does not like to label itself. Rubiks tries to play what feels right to them, the moment and have a great time by doing so.

Gabriele di Franco – El. Guitar
Géronimo de Halleux – Rhodes/Keys
Federico Pecoraro – El. Bass
Mathieu Grillo – Drums

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© F. Fiordigiglio


Mynah’s music attitude contribute to find a coherent creative way and at the same time multiform. The belonging to a land full of contamination (Apulia), the presence of traditional music based on original and strong rhythmic figures and lyric melodic elements, the influence of contemporary jazz and world music put the trio into a European dimension but with a strong connection to homeland.

The trio is composed by:
Gabriele di Franco(guitarist and composer),
Antonio De Donno(drummer and composer),
Federico Pecoraro(bass player and composer)

– 2014, July: finalist at Fara Jazz Contest;
– 2014, September: they write and record the soundtrack “INTRO” for “RIZZECANULICARNI”, a corto by Federico Fiordigiglio shown at inEURoff Festival, Rome
– 2015, April: they record their first album with EMME PRODUZIONI MUSICALI label;
– 2015, May: finalist at BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL JAZZ COMPETITION (3rd place).

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Intro – Emme Record Label 2016