Italian born award winning Guitarist, Composer and Vocalist, Luigi Pignatiello is not only an astonishing virtuoso player and prolific multi-instrumentalist, but also an eclectic producer and electronic musician. He has lately been described as: "the man who can achieve whatever he wants". His artistic vision led him to embrace a multidimensional career that put him at the forefront of the contemporary Jazz scene.
It is known that he started playing the guitar at an early age, under the influence of his father, and just after 2 years he was already performing as a young professional guitarist, across the country, in recitals, TV and Radio shows and Festivals. After tireless years of studying and concerts he decided to have a break. Alone with his guitar he started to travel from country to country, across the continents. During those years he has been fascinated by different music styles and repertoires of the places he visited. That enabled him later on to develop his own personal style.
Luigi graduated with high honors at the Italian Conservatory D. Cimarosa in Guitar and in Jazz composition at the Italian Conservatory L. Perosi. He also attended courses at the Berklee College of Music (Usa), and Master classes held by Mick Goodrick and Frank Gambale. In 2012 he graduated in Sound Production and Music technology at the IMW - City and Islington College of London, UK.
Since 1999 he has worked on soundtracks for films and short films with international artists. Thousands of audiences saw Luigi performing alongside International stars, Box office hit Orchestras as well as leading and co-leading successful Bands. During his phenomenal career Luigi shared the stage with the likes of star Police’s drummer Stewart Copeland, recorded with Oscar winner composer Nicola Piovani, played for Nobel Prize Rita Levi-Montalcini, recorded a live concert broadcasted by Vatican Radio’s Studios, worked with some of the greatest Italian artists such as Gianna Nannini, Francesco De Gregori and Franco Battiato and with famous Film directors such as Pasquale Squitieri, in his film “Li chiamarono Briganti’’. It is rumored that Paco De Lucia had been contacted, at first, to perform the well know "Capriccio for Guitar" for the soundtrack of that Film.
Luigi's credits include outstanding performances, such as the Italian "Taranta's Night Festival", to a crowd of 80,000+, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, the Folkstudio in Rome, Umbria Jazz, as well as Ronnie’s Scott (London) and Cleopatra’s Needle (New York), just to name a few, and his works have been broadcasted by BBC, Rai and Mediaset. In 2006 Luigi produced the sold-out event "Jazz, Blues and Gospel" at Teatro Eliseo of Rome, performing alongside legendary American blues singer Jeanne Carroll.
As a jazz artist he has recorded and published: “Crossworld – Introducing Luigi Pignatiello Quartet” and “Luigi Pignatiello Trio - According to me”.
Luigi has just released his new jazz album, Snap To Zero Crossing.
Snap To Zero Crossing, a 10-tracks album with all original compositions by Pignatiello, is a deep immersion into the soulful side of Jazz and Afro-American music. Recorded in New York, and mixed and mastered in London, it features two of the greatest likes of the Jazz contemporary scene, Nasheet Waits on drums and Greg Lewis on Hammond Organ.
At present Luigi is a London based artist, actively involved in the promotion of his new album while composing for a variety of projects and gigs with his brothers and fellow musicians whom continually bringing smiles to fans around the world, spreading the message…