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Real Name:Carlo Morena Jazz Piano


He started playing piano in his childhood, attending to Luisa D'Annunzio Conservatory of Music to study Classical Piano and Composition,
moving later to Licinio Refice Conservatory in Frosinone, where he got his Classical Piano Degree.
During his academic studies he started being familiar and playing with Jazz and Improvised Music.
Years later, he also got his Jazz Master at Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan.
He studied in Italy with musicians like Giuseppe Cantarelli (who came from Silvestri piano school from Rome and had studied
with the composers Virgilio Mortari and Ildebrando Pizzetti);
Gerardo Iacoucci, piano player and arranger, from Lennie Tristano school;
Enrico Pieranunzi and Franco D’Andrea (the two most international and renowned among Italian Jazz pianists).
Later on he studied abroad with Alvaro Is Rojas, Professor of Jazz Harmony and Improvisation at the Royal College of Music in Stocholm, Sweden,
with Mulgrew Miller and with Walter Norris, his true mentor.
He has lived and worked many years in Barcellona and in Madrid (Spain), in Lisbon (Portugal) and in Berlin (Germany).
In all the cities where he lived, he has been active member of Jazz community.
Along his 35 years career, he was pleased and honored to play with such many great musicians:
trumpeters Kenny Wheeler, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Giovanni Falzone,Flavio Boltro, Jimmy Owens, John Eckert, Gerard Presencer, Fabio Morgera;
saxophone players Charlie Mariano, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Alan Skidmore, Steve Slagle, Bob Mover, Ricky Ford, Gary Smulyan,
Thomas Chapin, Bill Pierce, Rich Perry, Rick Margitza, Maurizio Giammarco, Tino Tracanna, Roberto Ottaviano, Pietro Tonolo,
Achille Succi, Francesco Bearzatti, Julian Arguelles, Jorge Pardo, Perico Sambeat, Bart Defoort, Bo van der Werf,
Daniel Erdmann, Francois Thebèrge, Deniss Pashkevic, Greg Lyons, Eli Degibri;
trombone players Ed Neumeister and Roberto Rossi; clarinet players John La Porta and Don Byron;
French horn player Tom Varner; bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz; bandoneon player Pablo Mainetti;
singers Jay Clayton, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Maria Pia De Vito, Gianna Montecalvo, Diana Torto, Mayte Martìn,
Deborah Brown, Kara Johnstad e Lina Sastri;
guitar players John Abercrombie, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Prince Robinson, Jordi Bonell, Jared Burrows; vibes player Wolfgang Lackerschmidt;
bass players Bill Crow, Arild Andersen, Paolino Dalla Porta, Furio Di Castri, Ares Tavolazzi, Daniel Studer, Attilio Zanchi,
Kijoshi Kitagawa, Thomas Stabenow, Dietmar Führ, Jordi Gaspar, Carlos Bica, Bernardo Moreira, Mario Rossy;
drummers Barry Altschul, Jeff Hirshfield, Jeff Ballard, Manu Roche, John Betsch, Jorge Rossy, David Xirgu, Marc Miralta,
Antonio Sanchez, Roberto Gatto, Roberto Dani, Michael Kersting, Aldo Romano.

Co-founder of 'Step in Trio', from 1994, together with Joe Fonda on double bass
and Jeff Hirshfield first, later George Schuller, currently with Felix Lecàros on drums.

Co-founder of Carlo Morena Trio, together with the Russian bassist Yuri Goloubev and Michele Salgarello on drums
(currently the Israelian drummer Asaf Sirkis is featured in the trio).

He also has two duos,
with Norwegian alto and soprano player Morten Halle (AltoPiano)
and with the English tenor saxophone player Iain Ballamy.

He has the chance to play in a special duo with mr. Dave Liebman, one of the greatest modern jazzmen.
Had also had the privilege to play in duo with the late Charlie Mariano, first class man and musician.


He won a scholarship for Berklee College of Music in Boston (1986).
He won as well two Jazz Composition prizes at the Academie Prince Rainier
in Montecarlo (1990, 1991), the Getxo Competition (Spain)
for Jazz Groups (1990), the SGAE (Sociedad General Autores Editores)
Jazz Composition Competition (1994).

Selected discography

“What we’re hearing”, Step in Trio
(Carlo Morena, Joe Fonda, Jeff Hirshfield), De Werf 1994

“The next music”, Carlo Morena Trio feat. Rick Margitza, Movieplay 1995

“Step in”, Step in Trio,
(Carlo Morena, Joe Fonda, Jeff Hirshfield), De Werf 2000

“Anwesenheiten”, Carlo Morena Trio feat. Bob Mintzer, Konnex 2001

“A drop of water”, Step in Trio
(Carlo Morena, Joe Fonda, George Schuller), Konnex 2008

“Some portraits”, Carlo Morena trio
(featuring Yuri Goloubev and Michele Salgarello), MusicCenter 2010

“As you never said before”, Step in Trio,
(Carlo Morena, Joe Fonda, George Schuller), MusicCenter 2011

“While we’re young – Tribute to Alec Wilder”,
Gianna Montecalvo, Roberto Ottaviano and Carlo Morena Trio,
Dodicilune Records 2012

“AltoPiano”, Morten Halle and Carlo Morena, Curling Legs 2014

“GravityTrain”, Oz Robù Trio featuring Javier Girotto, Abeat 2014

“Voilà la tendresse”, Carlo Morena-Joe Fonda-Felix Lecaros,
Not Two Records 2020
He has taught Jazz Piano at the Jazz Department of Teatre del Liceu (El Aula)
and at Taller de Mùsicos (both in Barcelona, Spain); Classical and Jazz Piano
at the Conservatory in Guarda and at the Escola Profissional de Mùsica
de Almada (Portugal);Jazz Klavier, Improvisation, Pflichtfach Jazz Klavier
und Korrepetition at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theather
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in Leipzig (Germany).
Going back to Italy after fifteen years abroad, he taught Jazz and Pop Piano
in several Jazz departments, at Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory in Bari,
Niccolò Paganini Conservatory in Genova.
Later on, he got a Professorship at Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Como, where he spent 8 years, being also head of the Jazz Department.
He gave workshops in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland,
Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Norway, USA, Canada and Africa.
He is currently Professor of Jazz Piano at Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory
in Milan (Italy).

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