Born in Viareggio son of art critic and feminist Carla Lonzi. Battista Lena started his guitar and musical studies at an early age with teachers like John Ackermann and Eddy Palermo, then Barney Kessel, Attila Zoller and Gary Burton.
He began in 1985 his collaboration with Italian drummer Roberto Gatto, and a few years later with trumpet legend Enrico Rava and Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen and Richard Galliano. In 1997 he directed the project "Banda Sonora" with the Banda B.Somma of Chianciano Terme and Enrico Rava, Gabriele Mirabassi, Gianni Coscia, Enzo Pietropaoli, Marcello Di Leonardo, recording for the French label Label Bleu and winning many European awards (Choc de Musique, Teleramà) in addition to the Unesco Prize for the movie "La strana storia di Banda Sonora" directed by Francesca Archibugi and presented at the 54th Mostra del Cinema di Venezia. He also composed and interpreted other works such as "Mille Corde" with Paolo Fresu, Gabriele Mirabassi, Gianni Coscia, Enzo Pietropaoli, Marcello Di Leonardo and the "Orchestra a Plettro Senese" presented at Umbria Jazz Festival in 2000. Another relevant production of is the double cd "I Cosmonauti Russi", featuring Laura Betti, Gian Maria Testa, Enrico Rava, Rokia Traoré, Arthur H, Gabriele Mirabassi, Luciano Biondini, Enzo Pietropaoli e Roberto Gatto and a 20 pieces Wind orchestra, presented in 2002 at the Regio Teatro di Torino and published by the french Label Bleu.