Gen Cotena has played with some of the best italian jazz players like double bassist Attilio Zanchi recording together two albums with guest such as Tino Tracanna and Max De Aloe.
Caminante, is the first work as leader, with Nazzareno Brischetto on trumpet, Marco Rottoli on doublebass and Matteo Rebulla on Drums. The album came out 16 October 2018 for “SMV” italian label- The artistic director is Fabrizio Fedele (guitarist and composer).
Gen starts his career in 2012, playing all round the country with a band called “Sonatin for a Jazz Funeral” in festival like IMaggio Festival, Voci dal Sud, MEI di Faenza, Beatscape Festival Internazionale della musica indipendente etc. With the same band he recorded an album called “SFJF” with the label Tippin’the velvet
In 2014 he has a brief experience in Berlin, playing around the best city’s club. Then he come back in Italy and graduated in Jazz Guitar at Conservatory of Music of Milan.
He has recorded as sideman two albums for SMV label, a co-production called “Stream of Consciousness” with the guitarist Fabrizio Fedele and played at some of most important Jazz Festival in Italy as Vittoria Jazz Fest, or the opening night for “JazzMi” at Belvedere Jannacci.
Gen has played with VJO Jazz Orchestra, Angiolo Tarocchi Jazz Orchestra, Pino Jodice, Fabrizio Fedele and occasional collaboration with many other jazz musicians.
He has studied with Mike Moreno, Bob Moses, Andy Middleton, Tigran Hamasyan, Edmar Castaneda, Pedro Sarmiento, Mike Stern, Robben Ford, Greg Burk, Adam Rudolph, Dario Deidda, Bebo Ferra, Sandro Gibellini, Attilio Zanchi.
Belvedere Enzo Jannacci di Palazzo Pirelli, JazzMI, “Vittoria Jazz Festival” Vittoria (RG), “Note di Settembre” Castello Visconteo Abbiategrasso, Flora et Decora - Chiostro di Sant’Ambrogio, fiera mercato (Milano), Expo Milano-Padiglione Italia, MITO Festival Internazionale della Musica @Edison Open Garden Triennale (Milano), International Jazz Day - Conservatorio G.Verdi di Milano (sala Puccini), Museo Interattivo del Cinema (Milano), "Da Ellington a Mingus" w Bruno Tommaso, Festa della Musica ConservatorioG.Verdi di Milano, Il Rito Della Primavera - Fabbrica del Vapore (Milano) su musiche diIgor Stravinskij, Emanuel Pimenta “Dark Matter” (Sala Puccini Conservatorio G. Verdi di Milano), Prize “Maria Russo Spena” Unicef (Jazz Ensemble Conservatorio S.Pietro a Majella), Voci dal Sud Festival, Mojoca Festival , IMaggio FestivalPalazzo delle arti di Napoli P.A.N. (con il Fabrizio Fedele 5et), Beatscape (International indipendent music festival), Marte live, Hinterland music fest (winning with band Sonatin for a jazz funeral the O’Ruorke Prize), Maggio dei Monumenti, Campania Eco Fest, Festa della musica di Napoli, Festa della musica di Caserta, Rievoluzioni Summer, Teatro Trianon (Napoli).