classical and fingerstyle guitarist

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Wonderfully personal post by my former diss. advisor on Musicology Now: Christian Wolff at 80 musicologynow.ams-net.org/201…

About a day ago from Giacomo Fiore’s Twitter

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Date City Venue Country
05/09/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
San Francisco, CA
Tangents Guitar Series US

Time: 7:30pm.

Admission: $10-15.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Address: 1187 Franklin St..

Guest on Larry Polansky’s Tangents Guitar Series program.

Music

You can hear all of my studio releases by clicking on the album covers below.

Colors: Modern Music for Guitar

My newest release, Colors includes four mesmerizing and evocative works from contemporary composers Toru Takemitsu, Michael Tippett, Lou Harrison, and Benjamin Britten. Recorded in San Francisco, California, March 2011.

Purchase a copy for $15.00 + s/h

Download a Digital Copy

My favorite outlet is Bandcamp, but you can also find my music on all major digital storefronts.

[...]a CD that invites repeated listening, and repeated listening is always the perfect vehicle for moving from surface structure to deep structure. Fiore has prepared a most inviting program through this recording, and the invitation is well worth accepting.
——Stephen Smoliar, SF Examiner

‘Colors’ is a recording filled with excellent repertoire, interesting playing, and spirited performances. I look forward to his future projects and recommend you check him out.
——Bradford Werner, classicalguitarcanada.ca

Genteel

Released in March 2009, Genteel collects my main influences as an interpreter and performer. Recorded in San Francisco, California, in August 2008.

Purchase a copy for $15.00 + s/h

Download a Digital Copy

My favorite outlet is Bandcamp, but you can also find my music on all major digital storefronts.

Every piece is executed beautifully, with just enough embellishment to showcase the great melodies[...]perfect background for a quiet Sunday or at the end of a workday, with a glass of rose in hand. Recommended.
——Jamie Anderson @ IndieMusic.com

The overall feel of the record is that of a performer who is one with his instrument and plays with great command, sensitivity and a love for and of the music that is evident from start to finish.
——Perf DeCastro

Tones From an Open Heart

My debut release, Tones from an Open Heart is a collection of original fingerstyle music for steel-string and classical guitar. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, in February-March 2005.

Temporarily SOLD OUT

Only available as a digital copy for the time being

Download a Digital Copy

My favorite outlet is Bandcamp, but you can also find my music on all major digital storefronts.

There are few guitarists today that make me forget about the guitar itself, and leave me just enjoying the music. Giacomo Fiore has done that…and with apparent ease, all throughout this CD.
——Larry Pattis

I’ll be playing this CD for a long time…This is a very enjoyable effort–one I recommend for all fingerstyle enthusiasts.
——Peter Ragains @ Minor 7th

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    Tones From an Open Heart

Calendar

Upcoming Shows

Date City Venue Country
05/09/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
San Francisco, CA
Tangents Guitar Series US

Time: 7:30pm.

Admission: $10-15.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Address: 1187 Franklin St..

Guest on Larry Polansky’s Tangents Guitar Series program.

05/24/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
San Pedro, CA
Alvas Showroom US

Time: 8:00pm.

Admission: $20.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Address: 1417 W 8th Street.

Venue phone: 1-800-403-3447.

With Ryan Ayers

09/25/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Conservatory US

Time: 8:00pm.

Age restrictions: No Minors.

Address: 50 Oak St.

SFCM Faculty Artist Series

Past Shows

Date City Venue Country
04/13/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
Spokane, WA
Northwest Guitar Festival US

Time: 4:00pm.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Solo concert at Holy Names Community Music Center

03/28/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
Los Angeles, CA
Microfest 2014 US

Time: 7:30pm.

Address: 801 E 4th Pl.

Performing ii-v-i with Larry Polansky

03/21/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
San Francisco, CA
Turquoise Yantra Grotto US

Time: 8:00pm.

Admission: $10-15.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Address: 32 Turquoise Way.

Duo show with Larry Polansky. Seating is very limited!

03/06/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
Santa Cruz, CA
KZSC 88.1 FM US

Time: 7:30am.

Admission: free.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

interview and performance for the weekly radio show on the music of the Beatles “Here There and Everywhere”

03/01/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
St. Louis MO
Webster University US

Time: 7:00pm.

Admission: Free.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Address: 535 Garden Ave.

02/01/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
Santa Cruz, CA
AMS NorCal Chapter Meeting, UCSC US

Time: 2:00pm.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Address: 1156 High Street.

Presenting a paper : “Morphing as Process in the Music of Larry Polansky”

01/26/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
San Francisco
First Unitarian Universalitst Chapel US

Time: 11:00am.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Address: 1187 Franklin St.

Providing music for the UUSF service.

01/25/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
Santa Cruz, CA
UCSC Recital Hall US

Time: 2:00pm.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Address: 1156 High St.

Memorial for the late Fred Lieberman

01/19/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
San Francisco, CA
The Nunnery US

Time: 2:00pm.

Admission: $10.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Address: 3016 25th Street.

Space is very limited; contact me for a reservation.

01/09/14
http://www.giacomofiore.com
Giacomo Fiore in
San Francisco, CA
El Rio US

Time: 7:00pm.

Admission: FREE.

Age restrictions: No Minors.

Address: 3158 Mission St.

With Joe Gore and Tom Lattanand

You can also download a PDF archive of performances back to 2002.

Gear

Coming soon.

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About

Bio

I was born in Genova, Italy, one sunny September morning in 1983. me behind a guitar
I first picked up the guitar when I was 8; actually, I really wanted to play the piano, but there was no way one would fit in our old home, so… I learned the basics from a family friend, then continued strumming happily on my own. When I went for my first lesson with Armando Corsi, one of Genova’s (and Italy’s) most talented acoustic guitarists, I was sure I knew all there was to know. I was wrong.
Luckily enough, Armando proved to be a very patient teacher, and I let him steer me on the right track. He introduced me to the nuanced world of unaccompanied guitar playing, exposing me to a variety of fiery folk and world styles in our weekly lessons. His encouragement and tutoring also impacted my first attempts at writing for the guitar.

Music was then my secondary focus, but some time during my first year as a pre-med college student I realized that I owed it to myself to do what I loved full time. The previous summer, I had met Muriel Anderson at a guitar workshop in Portland, Oregon. She suggested I pursue a music major at an American school, and her tip led me to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. After the initial culture shock (biscuits and gravy, anyone?) I quickly found my sea legs and began making the most of the plethora of opportunities that the college and city offered me; this period also saw the gradual shift of my interests from the folk and fingerstyle genres, to the world of classical guitar.

JI guitar pickingAfter graduating from Belmont in December of 2006, I was fortunate enough to be able to continue my studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the brilliant and stimulating tutelage of David Tanenbaum. The two years at 50 Oak St. went by in a blur, as my horizons were stretched and my musicianship sharpened well beyond what I thought were my limits. During my second year I served as the Guitar Department Assistant, and I decided to focus more and more on music by composers from the postwar period; the program of my graduation recital in May 2009 featured music written since 1967 exclusively.

The next step of my musical journey began in the fall of 2009, when I chose to continue my graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I was extremely fortunate to find advisors such as Amy Beal, Leta Miller, and Larry Polansky, who encouraged me to keep close to my instrument and continue my development as a scholar-performer. In June 2013 I completed my Ph.D., focusing mainly development of just intonation guitars in 20th-century American music, with particular emphasis on the works of Lou Harrison, James Tenney, and Larry Polansky.

For the 2013–2014 academic year I will be teaching a diverse trio of courses (on 20th/21st Century Classical Music, Improvisation, and the Music of the Beatles) at the San Francisco Conservatory, UCSC, and Cal State Monterey Bay. I especially enjoy teaching in a classroom setting, and I look forward to this new stage of my career. Obviously I plan to also keep up my activities as a performer and a researcher—looks like I will be busy!

Repertoire

Modern, Contemporary, and New

Eve Beglarian (b. 1958)
Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)
Leo Brouwer (b. 1939)
Agustín Castilla-Ávila (b. 1974)
Peter Maxwell Davies (b. 1934)
Garry Eister (b. 1952)


Christopher Fox (b. 1955)
Dai Fujikura (b. 1977)
Matthew Grasso (b. 1972)
Lou Harrison (1917–2003)
Toshio Hosokawa (b. 1955)
Simone Iannarelli (b. 1970)
Aaron Jay Kernis (b. 1960)
Joan Manén (1883–1971)
Ron Nagorcka (b. 1948)

Fernanda Aoki Navarro
Makiko Nishikaze (b. 1968)
Maurice Ohana (1912–1992)
Larry Polansky (b. 1954)




Anthony Porter (b. 1981)
Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948)
Lanier Sammons (b. 1983)

Giacinto Scelsi (1905–1988)
Edward Schocker (b. 1971)
Peter Sculthorpe (b. 1929)
Toru Takemitsu (1930–1996)
Alexandre Tansman (1897–1986)
James Tenney (1934–2006)

Michael Tippett (1905–1998)
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)
Christian Wolff (b. 1934)
Yukihiro Yoko (b. 1925)

Until it Blazes (el)
Nocturnal after John Dowland
El Decameron Negro
Il Velo di Iside (for microtonal guitar, wp)
Hill Runes; Farewell to Stromness
Arirang and Sanjo (JI)
Whom Follows Who (JI, wp)
The Boy and the Chocolate (5-min opera, wp)
The Grain of Abstraction (el, JI)*
Sparks
Three Spirits (JI, wp)
Scenes from Nek Chand (JI)
Serenade
Selections from Italian Coffee
Ciacona, from Partita
Fantasia-Sonata
About 7 (JI, wp)
Just Dance (JI, wp)
Fendas (el)
St. Michael’s Garden*
Tiento
Eskimo Lullaby (JI); 85—The Historical Tuning Problem (JI, wp)
freeHorn (JI/el, with live electronics)
three translations for electric guitar (wp)
…getting rid of the glue…
ii-v-i (el, ens, JI)
hair of the thing that bit you (el)
Sonatina Meridional
Pollical Variations (wp)
Contact; Loose Can(n)on; Points; Your Move (ens, wp)
Ko-Tha
Dodecachordon (el, ens, JI, wp)
From Kakadu
All in Twilight
Mazurka
Harmonium II (el, ens, JI)
Critical Band (el, ens, JI)
The Blue Guitar
Five Preludes
Another Possibility (el)
Sakura Variations

(*) in progress
(ens) ensemble piece
(el) electric guitar
(JI) work in just intonation
(wp) world premiere

Concerti

Joaquin Rodrigo (1901–1999)
Peter Sculthorpe
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)

Concierto de Aranjuez
Nourlangie
Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra
Concerto for Lute RV.93

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Presskit

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Quotes

“Each of the works on this program presented its own set of challenges, and Fiore was clearly up to all of them. He performed with a very unassuming style, always focused entirely on his instrument, always sensitive that each note sound (and resound) with just the right intonation [...] This was certainly one of the more well-informed programs in the Old First Concerts series; but the listening experience was far more than an academic exercise.”
——SF Classical Examiner

Scenes from Nek Chand [...] was given an inspired performance by Fiore, who brought appropriate character to each movement: sensitive introspection for “Leaning Lady,” mercurial dancelike energy for “Rock Garden,” and an admirable flexibility for “Sinuous Arcade With Swings in the Arches.””
——
San Francisco Classical Voice

“His solo contribution is without a doubt and easily the strongest of the evening…sensual are his melodies, beauty over virtuosity, and that’s certainly the strongest point of this young guitarist who’s just on his way, certainly not at the end of his musical journey.”
——Kieler Nachrichten

“As a member of the guitar faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory, I wish I could learn how to teach to others what comes so naturally to Giacomo Fiore. The warmth of his personality, his quick and sensitive intelligence, his humor and charisma—somehow Giacomo is able to communicate all of these qualities through his musical performances.”
——Marc Teicholz

Review and Performance Archives

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Download a PDF archive of performances back to 2002.

Promo Pics

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