Peter Ciluzzi
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Peter Ciluzzi

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1974 | INDIE

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1974
Solo Alternative Acoustic




"Music Without Words review"

Peter Ciluzzi builds his own steel-string guitars and plays his own compositions on this CD. He fits in well with the rest of CandyRat's guitar roster, many of whom play atmospheric solo pieces in altered tunings. Ciluzzi does this, but distinguishes himself with a sensitive delivery that draws the listener in. "Nocturne" is easily one of the best tracks, due to Ciluzzi's strength as a composer. Things get a bit lighter on "Gospel," although the low bass strings create a pensive feel (Ciluzzi most often tunes his bass strings down a full third or fourth, putting them in the register of a baritone guitar). "Sojourn" features strong melodic lines, played both vertically across the fingerboard and horizontally (i.e., tending to stay on one string). True to its title, "Elegy" evokes sadness. "Soliloquy" follows, recalling good times in the company of friends. Ciluzzi's tribute to Michael Hedges, "March," uses some of Hedge's techniques, including slaps and octave runs. At least two tunes on this disc, "Aria" and "Isola," were composed for settings other than solo guitar. Their inclusion reveals more about the breadth of Ciluzzi's musical interests; perhaps his future recordings will have some vocals or ensemble pieces. Peter Ciluzzi is an individualistic, yet very listenable, artist. He bears watching, which you can do at (videos of Ciluzzi playing several pieces from this disc are posted on this site).
- Minor 7th Reviews

"Music Without Words review"

Peter Ciluzzi “Music Without Words” 2008 CandyRat Records

A new guitarist on the CandyRat label is Peter Ciluzzi. The style
Peter Ciluzzi presents is different from most guitarists on the
CandyRat Records label. Peter Ciluzzi is more a poet and creator
of atmosphere on his guitar. His compositions touches ones soul
very deep with an excellent choice of guitar pennings. All the cuts
are written in altered tunings, and it's a wonderful journey of the
unconscious mind in poetic written sound escapades. Peter Ciluzzi
describes his music as inner reflections of what's happening in his
life, as beautiful painted landscapes in any part of the world. It's
an exceptional gift to play so much music with so less notes. A
truly talented guitarist who is able to touch a person's soul with
so much warmth and impact. All the music which flows out of
his hands, has that magical feeling of tenderness, an outstanding
connection with nature and the reflections direct drawn from the
inner force, the heart. All pieces demonstrate a serenity while
his guitar just gentle cuddles forwards into a new experiment.
Personally I think it is one of the best guitar CD's I heard for
a long time. The title of the CD says it all “Music Without Words”.
A truly gifted guitarist but foremost a first-class composer and
- Bridge Guitar Reviews

"Live DVD Review"

CandyRat is a blazingly hot label featuring a new crop of guitarists destined to be regarded as some of the best of the moment, hopefully longer. I've reviewed the very talented Antoine DuFour before (here), and this DVD has him along with two label compadres. The set opens with Peter Ciluzzi, who favors a mellower approach, more a Towner-ish chamber sound rich with harmonics and a fair amount of the tapping so common to the new wave. Ciluzzi's pieces are short but tasty, classicalist in intent but a good deal more modern than any Romantic composer. Music for a rainy night or overcast day, the cuts are evocative, not toe-tapping; impressions, not delineations, and neither urgent nor ennervated but perhaps a skosh too brief for their own good. His body-tapping and string dampings are subtle, very occasionally the slightest bit outré, always returning right back to the pastelline etchings set moodily in the fog and lowering day.

Craig D'Andrea is a different case. Starting a good deal more energetically in complex patterns, in Crazy is Catching he combines thumb flatpicking with fingerpicking, taking to unorthodox chord fanning with picked patterns and repetitious motifs, creating a serial style that's not minimal but definitely hypnotic. As his cuts progress, it's obvious the guy's much more chordally based, anchoring the broader sound into his runs, which are also dense, revolving around the base like seagulls wheeling above tidewaters. In some ways, D'Andrea has taken to Kottke but tossed out the slurs and inhumanly tweaked inflections, preferring a base that's secretly almost medieval…not like Fahey though there are certain distant affinities. He doesn't go in for tapping, but then he doesn't need to: there's an elder air in his playing that wouldn't be served well enough by the mode. The bright tempo and somewhat airier presentation of Guess Who's My Favorite? somewhat unhinges all that save that D'Andrea sticks to a baseline temperament despite what might otherwise have drifted into hi-toned New Agery. By the time you make it to Morrison County, you understand why he's on a label with Andy McKee.

Antoine DuFour has a bit more swing to his work, an underlying organic pulse that carries the melodies along like a river glinting in the sun, undulating ever oceanward. His work fits between Ciluzzi's and D'Andrea's in presence and tempo—where D'Andrea is commanding, DuFour steps back a pace or two; where Ciluzzi's atmospheric, DuFour fills in the spaces, the backgrounds. He's here sometimes a little more thoughtful than on his Existence release, measured, august, as though wanting to ponder the effects more fully before launching back into involved wheeling matrices. A Hiding Place for the Moon features some clever tapping, giving the viewer insight as to why the audio releases sometimes sound like there are two players present (t'ain't the case, Magee!).

These presentations are not unlike the YouTube style videos but sharper, with better fades…and ultra-pristine sound. The music works just as well visually as engrossing audio fare but watching these guys lets you know just how far guitar playing has come in the last decade or so and how blatantly and how subtly the mechanics have changed.

- FAME Review


Still Without Words - 2016 CandyRat Records
Music Without Words - 2008 CandyRat Records
Antoine Dufour : Craig D'Andrea : Peter Ciluzzi : Live DVD 2008 - CandyRat Records



"Transcendent" - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

"A truly gifted guitarist but foremost a first-class composer and musician...who is able to touch a person's soul with so much warmth and impact" - Bridge Guitar

"Luthier and player, with sublime beauty and taste...Ciluzzi and his guitar sound like one" - Minor 7th

"A virtuosic guitarist without the pretentiousness, Ciluzzi's music is filled with curiosity and soul" - The Evening Muse

Guitarist Peter Ciluzzi transports listeners on a journey through virtuosic, evocative compositions that tell a story without words. With a distinctive, timeless sound that is both familiar and unexpected, his music defies easy categorization and reflects a wide range of influences including jazz, rock, classical, and world music. He has been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine (August 2018), and his acclaimed solo instrumental work has accumulated millions of views on YouTube and more than 8 million plays on Spotify.

Raised in a small town in coastal Massachusetts, Ciluzzi developed an appreciation of the arts at a young age and took up guitar when he was a child. Mainly a self- taught musician, he has also studied jazz and improvisation as well as classical composition and has written a number of orchestral and electronic works in addition to his solo guitar recordings. A finalist in the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, he has toured and performed throughout the US and shared the stage with the likes of Antoine Dufour, Calum Graham and Gareth Pearson. The broad nature of his musical interests also extends into guitar design and construction; having studied lutherie with Charles Fox, he started Ciluzzi Guitars in 2006 and has displayed at a number of exhibitions including the Montreal Guitar Show.

Peter Ciluzzi’s music reflects his comprehensive approach to the guitar and his lifelong study of all things musical. An enthusiast and student of many styles of music, his output often defies easy categorization and reflects a diverse range of influences including jazz, bluegrass, and flamenco guitar as well as contemporary fingerstyle guitar; classical & electronic music and the study of orchestral composition; and traditional music from other parts of the world such as Brazil, India, and west Africa. In his own music Peter seeks to express the influence of these styles in a way that conveys his own compositional voice.

Primarily a self-taught musician, Peter started making music when he was a child. Inspired by the many musicians and performers that filled the streets of the Cape Cod town where he grew up, he began playing guitar at age 12. In his early teens he was drawn towards classical guitar and instrumental music and discovered the solo guitar work of Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, and Pierre Bensusan; the manouche and flamenco guitar of Django Reinhardt and Paco De Lucia; the bluegrass fusion of David Grisman and Bela Fleck; and the genre-blurring jazz of guitarists like Egberto Gismonti and Ralph Towner. He studied the music of these and other visionaries, including the guitar works of Albeniz, Granados, and Villa-Lobos and the expansive orchestral sounds of composers such as Mahler, Delius, and Glazunov.

In the years that followed he explored other instruments including mandolin, piano and cello. Increasingly attracted to the improvisational approaches of great jazz musicians like Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny, he studied jazz guitar and improvisation. Drawn also to the sparse electronic sounds of IDM and Glitch musicians, he has produced a number of electronic works.

Peter continued to compose and develop his guitar technique and entered a number of composition and guitar competitions. In 2007 he was a finalist at the Canadian Guitar Competition, and following that appearance he was offered a recording contract with Candyrat Records, an independent label that publishes guitar-based music from around the world. In 2008 Peter released “Music Without Words,” his first album of original solo guitar music; and in the years since, he has toured throughout the US and shared the stage with musicians such as Ewan Dobson, Pino Forastiere, Antoine Dufour, and Gareth Pearson. In addition to a number of new works in progress, Peter released his second solo guitar album "Still Without Words" in spring 2016 and is currently performing and touring around the US.

The broad nature of his musical interests also extends into the field of musical instrument design and construction. Having studied guitarmaking with Charles Fox at the American School of Lutherie, Peter founded Ciluzzi Guitars in 2006. He has displayed at a number of exhibitions including the Montreal Guitar Show and presently commissions and builds fine handcrafted instruments out of a workshop in Massachusetts.

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