Smooth jazz guitarist, producer & composer.
Born in Locarno, Switzerland, an eclectic cultural environment with a strong Italian heritage, Fabio Mignola was fascinated by the intricate harmonies and rhythms of the various forms of folk and classical music that surrounded him. The simplistic beauty of the acoustic guitar quickly became the voice of this passionate musician.
After studying for several years with professor Dante Brenna, he graduated from Conservatory Donizetti in Bergamo in 1991. Mignola immersed himself in guitar studies and master classes with virtuosos like Alberto Ponce, Alexandre Rodrigues and Ralph Towner.
Later on he was inspired by the spontaneity of jazz and the visual complexities of impressionism.This pursuit of music without boundaries led to solo recordings and many productive partnerships.
As a highly respected freelance musician, Mignola has also worked extensively on radio, television, soundtracks.
"...you'll be completely swept away with Fabio's mastery of the guitar."
ECHO SMOOTH JAZZ (UK)
"Mignola's guitar voice is smooth and full of talent."
Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez - JAZZREVIEW.COM - USA
REVIEWS "Take Me higher":
"Listening with a critical ear, this is a GREAT SMOOTH JAZZ CD from start to finish."
David White - WHITESTER RADIO-SMOOTH JAZZ - USA
"Now his new smooth jazz album is here, and it is one that can count. You can immerse yourself in eleven original compositions, which bring you in a Mediterranean climate, with influences from Brazil, the Caribbean and from funk.
The music sounds fresh and aroused and lets the brio of Fabio well ring through...
Nicely and professionally sounding music, which will put you dreaming this way, too!"
Patrick Van de Wiele - www.keysandchords.com
"Fabio Mignola is a truly versatile guitarist. His instrument conveys the smallest nuances of the artist’s emotions. Fabio Mignola delights by his virtuoso style of guitar playing. One can compare his “Take Me Higher” album with the works of the famous Acoustic Alchemy. But this album is individual in the right way and the artist’s performing is very expressive.
One might want to mention the rich and refined sound of “Take Me Higher”. It is perfect from the first note to the last seconds. It undoubtedly will bring the listeners about an hour of pure enjoyment and relaxation.
What one can say else? “Take Me Higher” is a bright work of a talented guitarist. We must remember his name and wait for the new releases of Fabio Mignola who is actually a rising star on the contemporary instrumental and smooth jazz music scene."
Serge Kozlovsky - http://sergekozlovsky.com
"Fabio, congratulations on a sunning Smooth Jazz album, "Take Me Higher".
Love the musical trip you take us from Brazill to Italy and then add a touch of Carribean and a pinch of Funk.
Mix gently and you have a travelogue of Jazz covering places and styles.
A cd to enjoy that is uplifting filled with great compositions and your very own virtuoso guitar playing.
Play it often and enjoy a new discovery every time. Congratulations on a wonderful cd."
Peter Merrett - Music Manager for PBS 106-7 FM - Melbourne, Australia
"L'elegante lounge music del chitarrista Fabio Mignola…un jazz leggero con arrangiamenti orchestrali che sfociano in un sound elegante, melodico, ulteriormente valorizzato dal suo tocco vellutato alla chitarra.
Musica senza tempo e senza età, ideale quale piacevole sottofondo ma che anche a un ascolto più attento riserva piacevoli sorprese."
Sandro Neri - EXTRA - Switzerland
"Una chitarra briosa in eleganti stile jazzy - In questo disco Mignola propone undici sue nuove composizioni permeate da un elegante stile jazzy ma che rivelano pure influenze musicali brasiliane, caraibiche e funky.
Brani quale "The Light in Your Eyes", ricordano gli arrangiamenti orchestrali à la Jobim, mentre la sezione fiati in "Take Me Higher" ci riporta agli Earth Wind and Fire.
Il tutto valorizzato da un vellutato ed allo stesso tempo brioso tocco chitarristico, che consente all' eclettico musicista di esprimere con il suo strumento e le sue timbriche le più sottili emozioni.
Raffinata e ricercata pure la realizzazione tecnica, pervasa da una sonorità equilibrata."
Giornale del Popolo - Switzerland
"Le suadenti sonorità di Fabio Mignola - Il sound è avvolgente, suadente e solare come nelle reminescenze brasiliane di "O seu sorriso" o più malinconiche di "Candlelight Serenade", ma sempre pervaso da una rilassante atmosfera "lounge"."
Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland
The song "Sparklin'" reached #1 on Whitester Radio-Smooth Jazz for the month of July 2008.
"Groovy Nights" reached # 2, "O seu sorriso" # 3, "Take Me Higher" # 6 on WCJZ on August/September 2008.
"Take Me Higher" reached # 6 on Rocco's Musica! in October 2008.
Nominated Artist of the Month on SmoothGroovePhoenix.com for December 2008.