Giovanni Roselli was born in Italy at Badia Prataglia, near Arezzo. He obtained a diploma in flute performance from the Giambattista Martini Conservatory of Bologna in 1984, followed by subsequent diplomas from the Conservatoire Malakoff in France and the Berlioz Conservatoire in Paris, with the maximum possible votes and congratulations from the jury. In 1989 he studied with Maxence Larrieu at the Geneva Conservatoire, where he received the Première Prix de Virtuosité. He currently holds the position of principal flute with the Teatro Bellini in Catania, and has for some three years worked with La Scala, Milan, as first flute. Giovanni Roselli plays on a Brannen fourteen-carat gold flute.
Alberto Alibrandi was born in Catania in 1959. He gained a piano diploma at Catanias Vincenzo Bellini Musical Institute, where he is now professor of accompaniment. Over the years he has been active in a wide variety of musical contexts: as a classical pianist he has won prizes in several competitions and has recorded for the Italian National Broadcasting Company, RAI, as well as playing in rock bands and composing music for ballets and other stage performances. He has found a particular interest in jazz, and has performed in several music festivals, including Acireale Estate Jazz 1980, Messina Jazz Meeting 1988, Vignola 1993, Ravenna-Mister Jazz 1993, and Noto Jazz Festival 1996. He has attended Siena Jazz Clinics led by Franco DAndrea and has collaborated or recorded with many leading artists. On this recording he plays a Toyo grand piano.
Giovanni Stocco was born in Taranto in 1971 and has had considerable experience in pop music and jazz. He has collaborated with Toquino, Ennio Morricone and Luigi Piovani and now works principally in major theatres and concert venues, including the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Teatro Bellini in Catania.
Marco Panascia, a bassist and composer living in New York City, began taking classical piano lessons at the age of eight in his hometown of Catania in Italy, and went on to attend the local music conservatory as a string bass major, eventually turning to jazz full time. After winning first prize at the International Jazz Double Bass Competition in Edinburgh, he moved to Boston in 1999 to attend the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded six scholarships, including the Roy Haynes award for outstanding achievement in performance. He now lives in New York with a career as a freelance acoustic and electric bassist and music educator, while working on a Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music, as a full scholarship recipient. He has performed with the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared with several distinguished artists, including Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Gary Burton, Shirley Horn, Christian McBride, Wallace Roney, Terence Blanchard, Benny Green, Russell Malone, Mark OConnor, Vincent Herring, Dianne Reeves, Kevin Mahogany. He has toured Japan with his own quartet, given performances in Germany with Joe Lovano, and recorded with Lewis Nash.
Born in Catania in 1967, Ruggero Rotolo first began to study harmony and the piano, before turning to drums and percussion. Mainly self-taught, he learned much from recordings and as a student participated in master-classes by leading performers. He has been very active over the course of some fifteen years, with particular expertise in his use of the brushes. He is among the leading jazz drummers of Sicily.