GioSafari is the pseudonym for NYC-based singer-songwriter, DIY musician, busker, freegan, feisty activist, performance artist, and peace activator Gio Andollo.
Shortly after graduating from UCF (Orlando) with a BA in Music, he was struck by a motor vehicle while riding his bicycle. Suffering from deep bouts of depression and existential frustration, he began busking in November 2008; thus GioSafari was born, performing as a solo artist in downtown Orlando.
In July 2009, he hosted the release of his debut EP "Life is a bike wreck (better wear your helmet)", followed up by his first DIY tour, five weeks across the US. Within days of his return to Orlando he was back on the road to make New York City his new stomping grounds. He has since booked multiple DIY tours around the US and released his sophomore album, Protest Songs (Are Dead), in August 2011.
His music is largely influenced by American folk and punk; but his tastes, writing, and performing style are also influenced by classical, jazz, avant garde, and electronic music.
The lyrics are autobiographical, existential, spiritual. He sings for peace and justice and advocates the use of bicycle helmets.
GioSafari headlined his first SonicBids show in March 2010, Denton, TX for the second annual NX35 Music Conferette.
More info at gandollo.weebly.com
Gio Andollo performs on guitar, harmonica, vocals, and percussion when he plays live.
Protest Songs (Are Dead) EP
Vagrants & Vagabonds, Outlaws & Thieves
Life is a Bike Wreck (Better Wear Your Helmet) EP
Featuring Melanie Castro on clarinatto: track 5.
A Light Has Dawned
Featuring Emily McGuire on vocals: track 1, 5
All music available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon
Select songs available for streaming at:
1) Everything I Ever Needed To Say (In 17 Syllables)
2) The Silence and the Sound
3) Vagrants & Vagabonds, Outlaws & Thieves
4) Homeless Thursday
5) Why Lie? I Want A Beer
6) Pax Americana
7) Psychology of a Bike Wreck Survivor
Original set can be up to 45 minutes; with covers, set can be 2 hours or more.
Bob Dylan, Beatles, Jeff Buckley, Against Me!, NOFX, Bright Eyes
There are no upcoming dates at this time.