Bio

Hi, Thank You for visiting my website. Please enjoy all the content, giving a little extra time to the Music, after all this website without music wouldn’t be truly necessary. Here is some information on my background : I was born in Rome, Italy, in March 1972. The only musician that I know of in my lineage was my grandmother on my mother side : Elide Gennari. She was a professional Harp player in the opera circuit during the first half of the 1900. My mother was therefore quite musically inclined. In my early years she and I would often sing songs together when driving around in our Fiat. When I was young, I felt very overwhelmed by life, and couldn’t really focus on any specific practice, so when I first was gifted a guitar I didn’t really give it enough attention until the first year of high school. We were young teenagers in a world of political unrest, we listened to Punk Rock, Ska, Psychobilly and Reggae/ Rocksteady. It was then that I started committing to the guitar with some dedication , rehearsing with bands, and playing my first live shows. After High School, I enrolled at the “Scuola di Musica Popolare di Testaccio”, in Rome, where I met my first Mentor and teacher : Roberto Nicoletti. He had spent some time at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and had a very different approach to didactics and technique than most other guitar teachers in Rome at that time. It was then that my teacher suggested to me to go attend the “summer Berklee Seminars in Perugia, Italy, during the “Umbria Jazz Festival”, where I would’ve had the possibility of studying directly with some of his old teachers like Jim Kelly and a few others. This was another experience that drastically changed the course of my playing. After that experience, I secretly dreamed of attending a music school in the U.S…..the attitude of these educators was so different from anything I had ever witnessed. They were not only great teachers but also incredible musicians, with a profound knowledge of their instrument, of Harmony and Theory and of the language. Finally in 2000 I had the possibility of enrolling at the “Los Angeles Music Academy”, thanks to a serendipitous encounter with Frank Gambale who encouraged me to go visit the school in Pasadena California. This was one of the most beautiful years of my life, truly changing my perspective on what was teaching, learning and playing. I was also given the chance to re-enroll at the same school (now called California College of Music) years later to further push my skills to higher levels. Looking back, these years have been incredible. I was able to pursue a career as a guitar player and as an educator working in Los Angeles. 20 years have gone by, during this time I met many inspiring artists that gave me insight and direction. I was able to play a great amount of live shows, had the fortune of teaching students from all over the world in several music schools and colleges, and recorded a lot of music composed by myself and by others. At this stage of my life, I am as happy as a guitarist can get, I’m still a student, I practice and constantly learn new music. Keeping up the challenge of stepping outside my comfort zone is something I really cherish. This is what makes me happy and keeps me humble. I must thank many people who were instrumental in my growth as a musician and as a person : Tom Aylesbury, Frank Gambale, Bill Fowler, Art Reinshaw, Mike Shapiro, Bobby Rodriguez, Tony and Vicky Inzalaco, Tony Dumas, Ramon Banda, Joe Bagg, Riner Scivally, John Heard, Sherman Ferguson, Pat Senatore and the list goes on….Everyone helped me figure something out about myself and my playing. I’m truly Thankful to all of you

Contact : lorenzo357@gmail.com

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    Be here now

    Playing Music helps you be in the moment.

    Blue in Green (by Miles Davis ) this tune is from a very meaningful recording session I did back in 2001 at Tomsonics Studios L.A.; Featuring : Tony Dumas (bass), Mike Shapiro (drums), Bobby Rodriguez (tumpet), and myself on the guitar. This was my first opportunity to play with some of my mentors. It was a great learning experience that will never forget.

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