Gabriele di Franco, born in Italy and currently residing in Brussels is a European composer, arranger and guitarist.
He defines himself as an ambiguous composer and guitar player; living that undefined space between jazz, classical and world music, focusing on deepness and consciousness in the process of making choices, or in other words: composing.

He has spent a long stretch of his life as a professional musician; composing, performing and recording with many artists coming from all over the world. (Bud Powell Jazz Orchestra- IT, KugJazzOrchester-AT, Stefan Gottfried-AT, Marcello Allulli-IT, Andy Middleton US, Wen Hui Tsai-TW, Joao Sousa-PT, Raul Santana-ES, Francesco Negro-IT, Marco Puzzello-IT, Poem Vocal Band-TW, etc..)
His experience as composer ranges from Jazz Orchestras, small jazz ensembles, solo instruments (jazz and classical), modern jazz choirs, music-theatre, and mixed classical and jazz ensembles.

Gabriele graduated in 2014 with a major in Jazz guitar at the Conservatory of Nino Rota (IT) with an additional year of study at the renowned Musik und Kunst Privatunisität der Stadt Wien (AUS).
He holds a Master in Jazz Composition & Arranging from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (KCB), here he studied with composers such as as Kris DefoortLode MertensPeter Swinnen.

Gabriele has received several international awards and honors for his works.
In 2012 he won the “Band Revelation of the year” price at Jazzup Festival (Frosinone – IT) with his project Bija. That same year, he was also the finalist of the “Tiberio Nicola Award 12” and at the “Jimmy Wood Award”.

He also achieved the podium at “International Fara Jazz Contest 2014” (IT) and at “International Jazz Competition of Bucharest 2015” (RO) with the Mynah trio; the “Brussels Jazz Marathon 2016” (BE) together with his band Rubiks; the 1st prize at “Multiculturita Black Music Contest 2017” (IT) and the “Audience Price” at Sibiu Jazz festival 2017 (RO) with Bija.

In 2017 Gabriele won the SIAE (Italian Copyright Company) scholarship for authors under 35.
Again in November 2017, he won the three-year “Jazz Comp Graz” (AU) competition for Jazz Orchestra composers under 30.

Again, in February 2018, Gabriele is the only composer from all Belgian conservatories to be selected to lead the masterclass with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Jazz Orchestra at BOZAR in Brussels.

In September 2018, Gabriele got selected as residency artist for the Bijloke Summer Academy (partners: LOD music theatreMusic Centre De BijlokeRoyal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) & Royal Conservatory Ghent, SPECTRA Ensemble and JazzLab).

In June 2019 Gabriele won the “Elevator Jazz Pitch” presenting his music-theatre project LULELA. The inCentive was supported by injazz (NL) and berthold records (DE).

Since October 2016 (ongoing) Gabriele is working as composer, arranger and conductor for the Italian big band Bud Powell Jazz Orchestra.

At the moment Gabriele is working on his first music-theatre project LULELA, an interactive concert with multiple evolutionary possibilities, that will be produced by LODmuziektheater.

Teaching is also one of Gabriele’s passions. Having taught for many years, he encourages his students to see beyond the music. Showing how improvisational knowledge and technique combined with compositional knowledge is a key asset to be a good musician.

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Discography

Tesseract trio – EP (auto production – 2020)
Bud Powell Jazz Orchestra – DEDALO (Ass. Cult. Jazz Bud Powell – IT 2018)
Gottfried di Franco – So Far (Sena Production – NL 2018)
Mynah – Intro (Emme Record Label – IT 2015)
Bija – Bija (Slam production – UK 2014)

Awards

“Elevator Jazz Pitch” – injazz.nl – berthold rec – LULELA (2019)
“Second best Composer” – Jazz Comp Graz – “Aspetta” (Big Band Arrangement) (2017)
“SIAE” scholarship for authors and composers under 35 (2017)
“Audience Award” – Sibiu Jazz Contest – Bija (2017)
“Black Music Contest” – Multiculturita – Bija (2017)
“Band Revelation Of The Year” – Jazzup – Bija (2012)
“Soundslice” – Bija (2012)