in Palermo, Italy, he became interested in music at the age of 9, his sister was
a classical pianoplayer so he was always listening music since she used to practice
During high school he started playing piano and guitar by ear, and also put
together an etnojazz band playing in clubs and bars in his hometown.
After high school he attended the Musica Insieme Music School for 3 years
and studied several things such as harmony, ear training, arranging, he also took
classical guitar lessons for 4 years and earned the Diploma of Theory and Solfege
at the Conservatory "V.Bellini" in Palermo.
Between 1992 and
1995 he attended the University of Philosophy
in Palermo focusing in ehtnomusicology and arts. He played several gigs with many
bands, and also was a faculty member of his former music school for one year.
1994 and 1997
he was invited to several Jazz Festivals such as: Palermo di scena
1995, San Vito Jazz
1995, Rome Festival Delle Scuole 1997.
In May 1996 he was part of the Concert
for 100 guitars, a composition written by the american composer Rhys Chatam
and performed in Palermo at Teatro Verdura.
He attended many workshops such as: Umbria Jazz
Jazz 1997, Ecole de la Musique
1997 in Paris; in 1997
he was student of Gunther Shuller's School for Jazz Conductor in Palermo
and, under his direction, he performed three suites written by Duke Ellington with
the Brass Group Jazz Orchestra. Francesco also taught music for 3 months in an elementary
school in Palermo and was a volunteer, helping poor children to get an education
in life and arts.
In July 1998 he won a scholarship
to attend the Berklee College of Music and moved to Boston. He has studied privately
with guitarists Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mick Goodrick, Jon Damian,
the spring of 1999 he was invited to the North
Carolina International Jazz Festival in Raleigh Durham, where he played with
Paul Jeffrey,(the sax player who arranged many Charles Mingus and Thelonius
Since in the US he has performed with great artists such as: Gary Burton,
Paul Jeffrey, Bob Moses, Dave Samuels, Jeff Galindo,
Jon Damian, Chiara Civello.
He has toured Italy with several bands, including the alto player the
tenor player Paul Jeffrey, the drummer
and with his trio with bass player Daniele Camarda and drummer Ferenc
Nemeth, playing all over the country. After graduation he was immediately hired
as staff accompanyst from Berklee College, working for the vocal dept.
he has performed and toured extensively in Europe with ethnic band "Tammorra".
In may of 2002 his first CD as a leader
came out, titled "Nojaz", a mixture of
improvised jazz and contemporary free approach. After an intense experience in NY
during the year 2003, Francesco is back to Italy,
and now is working on his new CD that will be soon released.
Clouds in Motion
Francesco Guaiana - electric, classical and prepared guitars, loops
FGR 001 - 2006, ITALY
Contact and information:
This page has 2.086 hits
Publishing Date: 26/11/2004