Gianni Caltran

Gianni Caltran approached drums when he was 12. He first attended drums course at “Libera scuola di musica” in Vicenza and at the age of 14 he attended the Franco Campioni percussion classes at “Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan. At the same time Gianni attended Tullio De Piscopo and Franco Rossi’s drum school. Later on he took lessons from the great Billy Cobham.

Since 1986 Gianni manages his own school, named ''DRUMSCHOOL'', where ordinary lessons have been enriched by recurring seminars with some of the most important names of the international musical scene; not only Billy Cobham but also Tommy Campbell, Peter Erskine, Jojo Mayer, Don Moye, Walter Calloni and Franco Rossi gave seminars. In 1990, Gianni began a long lasting cooperation with the specialized magazine ''Drum Club'', publishing his lessons and transcriptions.

In 1987 Gianni became a SONOR endorser and represented SONOR at different Italian events. In 1990 Gianni founded his jazz-fusion band. In June 1991, the band attended the Umbria Jazz festival, leading the music event in Piazza Maggiore in Bologna and played a ''concert for three drums'' in Vicenza with Tullio De Piscopo. These concerts were introduced as ''the night of the drums'', its success allowed following editions on different occassions, towns and with different ensembles throughout the years.

Moreover, Gianni got involved in two substantially different working areas, his studies and experiences allowed jazz gigs on one side and he also got a brilliant career in Pop Music on the other side. From 1989 to 1990 he had live concerts for the Italian tour of the popular band named ''Righeira'', in 1991 he was hired by Umberto Smaila's band. He played the TV show ''93'' on Telemontecarlo in 1992 and the talkshow ''Turno di notte'' (broadcasting 15 episodes) in 1993. In the same year, along with singer Vittorio Matteucci, Gianni founded a new Pop ensemble, now performing with Umberto Smaila. The first step of the long lasting adventure in the Fininvest TV network was a Sunday afternoon show: ''Buona domenica'' hosted by Gerry Scotti and Gabriella Carlucci.

In the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons, they broadcasted 63 live performances and he had the chance to play with many world famous figures of the international music scene, one of them being James Brown. In 1994 he played for Daniela Rosati's TV show on Rete 4 and in 1995 on ''Super Classifica show'' hosted by Gerry Scotti. In 1995 and 1996 he played with his band in ''La sai l’ultima'' acomic show hosted by Gerry Scotti and Paola Barale. He also played with many Italian artists in the humanitarian show ''30 Ore per la vita''. In 1997-98 he played TV show “Ciao Mara” hosted by Mara Venier every morning on Canale 5. In 2002 and 2004 he played in two theatrical projects. The first one was dedicated to The Beatles, playing arranged lyrics for rock band, chorus and symphony orchestra and the second work was dedicated to Pink Floyd.

From 2005 his intense live activity has increased with the band Movida and he played for Dolcenera, Tullio De Piscopo, M°Demo Morselli, Tony Esposito, Fiordaliso, Franco Simone, Alan Sorrenti, Ivana Spagna, Neffa, Le Yavanna (X Factor), Maggie Reilly (Mike Oldfield), Los Locos, Dee D. Jackson and many others. In 2011 and 2012 on Canale Italia he increased his activity with new tv productions like: ''Smaila's Show'', ''Ma che musica maestro'' and ''Ho imparato una canzone 2''.

Gianni accompanied many Italian and international artists during his career in live events, studio recordings and tv shows. He performed with: James Brown, Zucchero, Maurizio Vandelli, Demo Morselli, Ivan Cattaneo, Righeira, Rettore, Corrado Rustici, Loredana Bertè, Dodi Battaglia, Rita Pavone, Gino Paoli, Maggie Reilly (Mike Oldfield), Fio Zanotti, Marco Masini, Dolcenera, Gianluca Mosole, Alan Sorrenti, Roby Facchinetti, Riccardo Brazzale, Walter Calloni, Franco Rossi, Billy Cobham, Tullio De Piscopo, Andrea Braido, Christian Meyer, Spagna, Riccardo Fogli, Dee D. Jackson, Povia Franco Simone, Franco Califano, Le yavanna (X Factor), Matteo Becucci (X Factor), Jerry Calà, Umberto Smaila, Bobby Solo, Linda Wasley, Angie Brown, Riccardo Cocciante, Bruno Lauzi, Rita Forte, Los Locos, Fausto Leali, Nek, Neffa, Fiordaliso, Tony Esposito, Irene Grandi, Pino Daniele, Randy Crawford and many more.