Gaetano Guardino, Italian guitarist.
Grown up in a family environment susceptible to the charms of sound arts, he begins to study classical guitar under the guidance of his father, at the age of six. The matriculation at the secondary school with the specialization in music, allowes him to improve the relationship with his instrument and take part in some national music festivals.
In 2003 he decides to explore the scratchy and transgressive soundsof pop-rock music, founding the band "Blizzard".After three years of live experience in the Agrigento's land, Gaetano leaves, however, the band.
In 2004 he enteres the Conservatory of Ribera and studies with maestro Riccardo Ferrara. Very important, from the educational point of view, are the meetings with famous guitarists as Santi D’angelo, Gigi Cifarelli, Luca Meneghello and Giorgio Buttitta.
In 2008 Gaetano joins in new band, the "Plainsboro", through which he has drawn the attention of a wider audience, reaching the semi-finals at the national festival "Sanremo Rock." Besides the passion for electric guitar, reinforced by periods of study under the guidance of guitarists such as Osvaldo Lo Iacono and Gai Bennici, he continues to deepen the study of classical guitar. In the same year he takes part in a master class in "Guitar and Technique interpretation", held in Catania by Maestro Giulio Tampalini, opening a period of intense experiences and collaborations. Gaetano has, in fact, the opportunity to take part in two other prestigious masterclasses: the first in Altidona, with Claudio Marcotulli and the second in Messina, with Steve Vai.
In 2009 he exceeds the admissions at the Conservatory of Fermo, taking first place. In the same year he records guitars together with a string quartet, for the soundtrack of the documentary "Journey to Lampedusa," directed by Antonio Giovanni Bono, and aired in Italy. He moves to this city and takes the opportunity to meet and study with Luca Colombo, one of the most important sidemen of the Italian music scene. Waiting to work as a professional sideman, Gaetano works on the plannings of some meetings-study with internationally renowned guitarists (Tommy Emmanuel, Stef Burns, Robben Ford, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Larry Carlton, Carl Varheyen, Frank Gambale, Steve Trovato, Andy Timmons, Jesús Pineda Arjona, Giacomo Castellano, Dodi Battaglia, Stefano Palamidessi, Pietro Antinori, Massimo Lonardi, Arturo Tallini). These experiences allows him to improve his knowledge in the field of arrangements, as well as opening new horizons in listening Funky Disco music.
In 2010 he has the opportunity to take part in a master's degree in a prestigious London school, the "Tech Music School", where he is able to improve his skills and study with great masters of international music such as John Wheatcroft (Carl Palmer, John Jorgenson, Elton John, Mike Stern, Glen Hughes), Jacob Quistgaard (Andreya Triana, Giles Peterson), Richie Barrett (Roger Daltrey, Kenney Jones, Tony Hadley), Steve Allsworth (Lily Allen, Rod Stewart, Ronan Keating, Lulu), Philippe Castermane (Dave Meegane:U2,Phil Vinall:Placebo, Pulp, Jay Stapley: Roger Waters, Mike Holdfield), Ed Williams (Steve Lyon:Paul Mac Cartney, Depeche Mode), Graham Godfrey, Andy Sturges (Paul Gilbert), Kelly Fraser (The Royal FestivaL Hall, Her Majesty The Queen), Dave Troke (James Taylor, Ian Grimble:Red Hot chili Peppers, Ian little:Duran Duran, Kevin Moloney:U2, Sinead o’ Connor).
Always in 2010, the young guitarist begins an important artistic collaboration with the singer-song writer Andrea Petrucci, accompanying him in promoting the first album. In 2011 he performed with this artist in Italy, opening concerts for several Italian bands, including Verdena, and participating in music festivals and TV shows. In the same year he obtains the license of "Theory, Solfeggio and Musical Dictation" at the Conservatorio GB Pergolesi of Fermo. Later, he takes part in a "International Masterclass" guitar, taught by Claudio Marcotulli and organized by the International Music "Maria Malibran".
In 2012 he performes with the singer Stefano Filipponi, a finalist in the fourth edition of "X-Factor".
In 2013 he has been choseen like the official guitarist of the Stefania Tasca finalist of the famous TV programme "The Voice of Italy", transmitted on Rai 2 channel.
Gaetano Guardino’s tracks