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„When you fall in love with that sound, the one that complements your playing at best, the variety and consistency of Paiste craftsmanship is the best choice you could possibly make!“
Born in 1982 in Napoli, Italy. After being very active in the Italian Pop, TV and instrumental music scene, in 2006 Gianluca moves to Los Angeles, California. There he graduates at the Musicians Institute Hollywood, winning the prestigious Carlos Vega Memorial Scholarship & Drum off 2006 and the Outstanding Player Achievement Award. Currently, Gianluca is a member of the Drum Faculty at the MUSICIANS INSTITUTE Hollywood, CA, since 2013. He is constantly touring internationally with different artists and offering drum clinics. In 2007 Gianluca becomes the official drummer for guitar virtuoso GREG HOWE, recording his last instrumental albums Sound Proof (Tone Center 2008) and WHEELHOUSE (2017). Gianluca is also the former drummer of the vocal project MARAGOLD, featuring Greg Howe on guitar, Meghan Krauss on vocals and Kevin Vecchione on bass, releasing their first album MARAGOLD in April 2013. Gianluca has also performed and recorded with many international artists: Googoosh, Kanye West, Kamasi Washington, David Garfield, Shayna Steele Band, Luis Conte, Greg Adams, Frank Gambale, Jenifer Batten, Rumer Willis, Down to the Bone, “For the Record” Live, Tony Momrelle, Brandon Fields, Stu Hamm, Bjorkestra, GENR8R, Airto Moreira, Lenny Castro, Mike Miller, Jimmy Earl, Neil Stubenhaus, Reggie Hamilton, Jeff Richman, Jude Gold, Dave Weiner, Ernest Tibbs, John Pena, Rufus Philpot, Miles Mosley & WCGD, Larry Klimas, Ack Van Rooyen, Solis Strings Quartet, Marco Zurzolo Band, Zero Assoluto, Sandro Deidda, Lorenzo Feliciati, Nico Stufano, Pippo Matino, Lutte Berg, Vito Ranucci & Musicisti di Napoli Est, Fabrizio Bosso, Luca Aquino and many others.
Sizes: 14", 15"
Sound character: Rich, warm, lush, deep. Wide range, complex mix. Giving and responsive feel. Broad, warm open sound. Compact, lush chick sound. Extremely versatile hi-hat, perfectly suited for dynamic, articulated playing in a wide range of styles. “They are just chunky enough, but not overpowering. They are a little more chocolaty than the classic 602s”, describes Vinnie Colaiuta.
Sizes: 20", 22"
Sound character: Dark, trashy, papery, low. Wide range, complex and moody mix. Soft and buttery feel with a very wobbly and vibrant response. Fairly defined stick sound over a dark and cloudy wash. Perfectly suited for quieter musical settings such as blues, jazz and acoustic styles. Very user-friendly for percussive use and classical mallet application.
Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky. Medium wide range, complex mix. Buttery, soft feel with quick response. Rich, dark, mystical crash sound with tender clarity. Extremely lively cymbal for broad accents and crashes in intimate to semi-loud settings. Well suited for delicate ride patterns or mallet swells. «For those guys who really appreciate just having a cymbal that can do everything, the larger Dark Crashes can do anything. Very crash-able, and if you want to ride on them, they will give you all the ride patterns in the world.» - Gregory Hutchinson