Drummer & Educator
Born in 1982 in Napoli, Italy.
Gianluca started playing drums at the age of 12 with famous drum instructor Sergio di Natale, completing a 5 year educational program with him. In 2006 he moved to Los Angeles, California, to attend the Musicians Institute Hollywood, where he had the chance to study with well recognized instructors such as Chuck Silverman, Chuck Flores, Donny Gruendler, Robert Carson, Joel Taylor, Jeff Bowders and many others. While attending the Musicians Institute Gianluca won 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).
After many international tours with this band, he also became 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:
Greg Howe, Maragold, David Garfield, Jimmy Earl, Kamasi Washington, Shayna Steele Band, Luis Conte, 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, Neil Stubenhaus, Reggie Hamilton, Jeff Richman, Greg Adams, Jude Gold, Dave Weiner, Ernest Tibbs, James Harrah, 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.
Solis Strings Quartet - METRO' Tour 2001-2003
Stefano Palatresi – Italy Tour 2001-2002
Savonardo – Italy Tour 2002
Marco Zurzolo Band - 7 E MEZZO Tour 2005
Greg Howe Band - "SOUND PROOF" European Tour 2008
Greg Howe Band - India Tour 2010
Shayna Steele - European Tour 2010
Bjorkestra - Italy Tour 2010
Greg Howe - Stu Hamm - Gianluca Palmieri - Argentina Tour 2011
Shayna Steele - European Tour 2012
MARAGOLD - Asia Tour 2013
Kamran & Hooman – World Tour 2014-2015-2016-2017
Greg Howe - Stu Hamm WHEELHOUSE Tour 2017 - US/CANADA
Greg Howe Trio - WHEELHOUSE Tour 2018 - EUROPE/ASIA
GROOVE DAY 2008 - Milan
BATTERIKA Festival 2010 – Rome
GROOVE DAY 2010 - Milan
YOUGROOVE Festival 2012 - Athens
GROOVE DAY 2017 - Milan
TV SHOWS (house band and appearances):
THE VOICE USA
VOLPE SHOW (Canale 10 – Italian Regional network) – House Band
BIRD MAGAZINE (SuperSix TV) National TV – House Band
AIRBAG (SuperSix TV & SKY) National TV – House Band
MTV ITALY - Total Request Live
COMMUNITY – RAI International - Worldwide
VIC FIRTH STICKS
PURE SOUND SNARES