Pietro Russino's HYPNOFOLK

Pietro Russino's HYPNOFOLK

BandAlternativeAvant-garde

hypnotic acoustic guitar looping,Mediterranean ragas, progressive odd meter and rural blues outings. A one man jam band.

Biography

PIETRO RUSSINO

Born in Sardinia, Italy, in 1956, guitarist and composer Pietro Russino has lived and worked in New York City since 1982.

His early musical influences were American R&B, 1960s Italian pop songs he heard on the jukebox at his family's bar, and the folk music played in his hometown of Tempio Pausania.

At age 11 he convinced his father to buy him his first guitar, and at 15 he was hired as lead guitarist and chord finder by an established cover band. Charts were unavailable at the time, and he had to do this job by ear.

In his late teens Pietro decided it was time to get a deeper understanding of his art. His private studies of classical guitar and music theory led him to explorations of many styles and to his enduring fascination with steel-string finger-style repertoire.

Combining his love of rock traditions with classical finger picking and his own blend of improvised Mediterranean folk melodies, Russino has brought his unique skills as a musician, arranger and composer to a wide variety of musical endeavors. His music has been featured on MTV and on John Shaefers WNYC show New Sounds. He founded, with the greatly-missed singer and gallery owner Pat Hearn, the legendary band Wild and Wonderful, an art trio that was a fixture of the New York East Village art scene of the early 1980s.

Russino worked extensively with Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists, touring throughout America and Europe, and recording for EG and Fripp's DGM label, which showcased his composition, Fragments of Skylab.

He studied improvisation and composition with Karl Berger of the Creative Musicians Workshop in Woodstock, New York. During the mid-1990s his instrumental progressive-world-rock band “The Point, which recorded the self-produced album The Bridge, became the principle outlet for Russino compositions. In 1994 he wrote the score for a 1994 documentary on Giancarlo Neri's art installation, New York Roofs Project, that was aired on RAI Italian television.

His most recent collaborations include recording and performing with New England singer-songwriter Joel Zoss. The soundtrack he wrote and performed for director Richard Sylvarnes™ film HCE was premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and a guest appearance in Circling From Above JON DIAZ first solo project.

For the last 10 years Russino has focused on exploring the possibilities of looping technology, a method he employs in his studio as well as in his improvised live performances to create hypnotic dances reminiscent of his native land. His music is a unique blend of Mediterranean roots, organic blues grooves, British folk, and odd-meter progressive rock.

He is currently working on the recording of his first solo CD, a project called HYPNOFOLK, produced by Dominic Frasca, the master guitarist,composer and musical director of New York city multimedia performance space "The Monkey",

Russino is co-owner with his brother, drummer Massimo Russino, of Bar Ugo, a music venue-restaurant-bar located on the beach of Porto Taverna, Sardinia. As musical director, Russino has drawn upon Sardinia thriving music scene to make Bar Ugo, which features great food in a breathtaking natural setting, a Mecca of jazz and progressive acoustic music.

Lyrics

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Written By: Pietro Russino

instrumental

Discography

Show of Hands ROBERT FRIPP and THE LEAGUE OF CRAFTY GUITARISTS, as composer ,Intergalactic Boogie Express ROBERT FRIPP and THE LEAGUE OF CRAFTY GUITARISTS, The Bridge THE POINT,Live Works PIETRO RUSSINO and BEBO BALDAN,HCE with SYLVARLUX,Lila JOEL ZOSS,Circling From Above JON DIAZ.

Set List

1 hour set,possible longer