Gabriele Morcavallo

Independent / Educator

Gabriele Morcavallo is one of the most highly rated drum teachers in Italy. His extensive session work, both live and in the recording studio, is proof of his immense technical skills, which allow him to play many different genres .
His collaborations include, among others, Geoff Westley, Mannarino, Jacopo Troiani (third place at Sanremo Festival in 2008, Castrocaro Festival winner, six editions of tv drama Un medico in Famiglia on Rai Uno TV), Tony Esposito, Domenico Cardella (winner of Mia Martini’s prize at Sanremo Festival in 2008 as part of the Frank Head project), Martina Cambi (Castrocaro Festival winner), Graziella Lintas (second place at Castrocaro Festival), Alice Pelle, David Boriani, Valerio Calisse, Ruggero Bianchin and many more.
He played with a number of different bands at international festivals such as Pistoia Blues, Villa Celimontana Jazz, Festival Show, Villa Ada incontra il Mondo, San Lorenzo Blues Festival and many others, sharing the stage with world-level artists. He has also performed at leading drumming festivals (Drummer Week End, International Drums and Percussion Competition, Groove Day, Groove Night Party) alongside the best Italian and international drummers.
His busy teaching schedule revolves around his own Charleston School in Rome. His pupils come from all over the country to study with him, and include Conservatoire and university-level music schools attendees. Charleston’s programme of study is conceived to include both the milestones of drumming literature and the latest innovations in the drumming world.
He is in charge of a long-distance course organised in Sardinia, where once a month he teaches local professional drummers and other teachers of renowned local educational institutions at Maurizio Pinna and Daniele Piu's Sound Room Studio Recording.
Charleston School and Morcavallo are also the organisers of a national contest, which awards the best new emerging drumming talents and whose jury includes some of the major drummers in Italy.
He also has a busy clinic schedule, holding seminars throughout the country.
He is senior drum teacher at the prestigious iMusic School in Rome directed by M. Angelo Schiavi, one of the most renowned leaders of Big Band orchestras in the country whose line-ups Morcavallo has also been part of.
Morcavallo has also been highly successful with a teaching project that has seen him form a drum trio with two other leading Italian drummers, Maxx Furian and Daniele Chiantese.
He is Artistic Director of 100% Batteristi alongside the event's creator Alessandro Spaziani; it is a yearly festival that brings thousands of interested drum aficionados to Italian public squares, including professional musicians and those in the drumming world.
He is also Artistic Coordinator for Groove Day, the most important Italian international drumming festival, held yearly in Milan with the executive production of Sergio Fanton.
He has joined the Italian Drum Show, sharing the bill with world-leading drum teacher Dom Famularo who publicly expressed great appreciation for Morcavallo’s skills.
His busy live and recording activities also extend to radio work: for the last four years he has been hosting a weekly show at Radio Kaos Italy, the most important web radio in Italy, where he plays live in the studio with his guests, key artists from the Italian music scene.
He is international endorser for Sonor (drums) and official endorser for Vater (drumsticks), Aquarian (drumheads), Ama (cajons) and Boxy (soundproof booths).