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Debora Petrina

A singer, pianist, composer and dancer, Petrina represents a unique case in the Italian panorama, synthetizing in a visionary style her oblique and sensual songwriting with the experimentations of pop-rock, electronics, avant-garde and jazz.

Appreciated by David Byrne, who has often published her songs in his radio playlists of favourites, she has now recorded her forth album as a songwriter, BE BLIND, published by AlaBiancaGroup/Warner.


In her previous album, ROSES OF THE DAY, Petrina has recomposed a piece by John Cage: the score, ''Roses of the Day'', has been published worldwide by Edition Peters (NY) – the official editor of John Cage - with the double name John Cage/Debora Petrina.

She has played with John Parish, David Byrne and Jherek Bischoff (guests in her PETRINA album), Elliott Sharp (guest in her IN DOMA album), Paolo Fresu (who has published her ROSES OF THE DAY album), Sylvano Bussotti, Mike Sarin, Nicholas Isherwood, Mario Brunello, performing in the United States (New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington), in Japan (Tokio and Osaka), in London, Berlin, Madrid, Istanbul, Koln and Strasbourg, .

She has recorded an album with Paolo Fresu and some of the most famous Italian jazz players for l'Espresso/La Repubblica, the most important Italian editorial group.

She has recently sung as a main character with Nicholas Isherwood in a contemporary opera produced by Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

As a contemporary pianist she has recorded in the United States and in Europe albums of unpublished works by Morton Feldman (OgreOgress) and Sylvano Bussotti (Stradivarius), and she has played world and European premières of pieces by Cage, Feldman, Maderna, Rota, Togni, Bussotti, and Katunda at La Fenice Theatre in Venice, Mills College (Oakland) and the Conway Hall in London.

She has hosted a radio show at the Radio of Italian Switzerland – Rete Due and she has been Karol Armitage's assistant during her direction of the International Dance Festival at Biennale Venezia.


She is also a performer in a broader sense: she has danced in international projects of such choreographers as Iris Erez and Sara Wiktorowicz, and she has choreographed herself (her solo piece She-Shoe has been featured at the International Dance Film Festival in Yokohama, Japan). She has performed at the Venice Biennale 2013. She has also composed the coreography for Morton Feldman’s Three Dances, which she performs in the double role of pianist and dancer.

Debora Petrina