The music of Italian guitarist Pino Forastiere comes from a solid classical, contemporary, and rock background and it's not easily defined. He makes use of a dazzling blend of slapping, tapping, strumming, altered tunings, and harmonics combined with classical phrasing and with a sharp focus on distinctive and addictive melodies. His music is "something like a mix of Steve Reich's interlocking rhythmic patterns meet Michael Hedges's techniques, all while admiring Eddie van Halen" (John Schaefer, WNYC Radio). Born in Latronico, Southern Italy, Pino moved with his family to Rome in his early childhood.
In 1992 he graduated from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory with a degree in classical guitar, taking his final exam with a ten-string classical guitar. In the following years, he used this ten-string guitar in live performances with original repertoires. In 1996 he laid down this instrument and picked up a six-string acoustic guitar. He has studied composition and chamber music, performed in various ensembles with both classical and original repertoires, and collaborated with jazz, experimental, electronic and pop projects.
Pino Forastiere lives in Rome, Italy; he performs in festivals and venues in Italy, the United States and Canada, also for classical societies. Discography: "Overcrossing" (a duo with Luca Pagliani - Equipe, 1999); "Rag Tap Boom" (solo album - S3L, 2003); "Circolare" (solo album - Accordature Aperte, 2005); compilation: "WAG, World Acoustic Guitar vol. I" (3Lune Records, 2006); "Refractions" (Echodisc, 2006). ________________________________________ Forastiere is a member of IMIsound Independent Musicians from Italy.Make Forastiere Playlist