My favorite hobbies
My favorite style is Be Bop, but I also like Latin Jazz and Fusion.
I play guitar since I was 8. I started playing songs from Pink
Floyd and Santana (Carlos Santana was my first idol). Then, when I
was 15, I received as a gift a record of Wes Montgomery. It was
a big change! I immediately loved his sound and I wanted to play
like him. So I started to learn his solos from records, note by
note, chord by chord. I had no idea about what I was playing, but
it was fun.
Then, when I started playing more seriously in some jazz groups, I
realized that I had to learn harmony in order to improvise and create
my own phrases. So I took lessons and I studied hard for a couple
of years. During this period, I listened to many records and various
musicians that, directly or indirectly, have influenced my style.
Among the guitar players, I was inspired by Wes Montgomery,
Pat Martino, Joe Pass, Barney Kessell, George Benson, Franco Cerri,
and many others. But I also took ideas from other musicians, such as
Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Oscar Peterson,
Bill Evans, just to mention some of them.
More recently, I found jazz-fusion music very actractive, especially
from musicians such as Lee Ritenour, Bireli Lagrene, and
Mike Stern. In 1997, I played with a fusion group, the
Ocean Sound Quintet. Click below to
listen to a few samples.
Here's a list of movies that left a deep sign into my brain.
Click on a title if you are interested in details and pictures.
Can a Machine Ever Become Self-aware?
Potra' mai una macchina diventare autocosciente?
What really happened on Mars?
What really happened on the Moon?