Pino Mattioli's three-song instrumental demo cassette amply displays his extensive guitar vocabulary that borrows from both rock and jazz, forming an intense, aural fusion. Mattioli recorded all three tunes in his digital 8-track home studio. At times, his searing wah-wah phrasing recalls jazz-fusion guitarist Scott Henderson, with Mattioli's style leaning heavier into the rock side of fusion guitar. Mattioli even mixes in bits of jagged, dissonant fretwork into his longer phrases, before concluding with familiar themes stated earlier in the pieces. Mattioli was originally profiled in the August-September, 1997 edition of The Undiscovered.
Mattioli, born in Italy and currently residing in Grottammare, graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, and has over twenty years of experience on the guitar. Mattioli has covered much musical territory over those twenty years, playing his guitar in styles such as rock, heavy metal, fusion, pop and blues. He lists some his main influences on the six-string--names such as Steve Morse, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Alan Holdsworth, and Henderson. Musically, Mattioli is striving for the ideal balance between technique and melody, avoiding the overplaying that can lead to listener boredom.
Mattioli's career goal is to contact as many record companies and producers as possible, getting his music heard, so that someday he can produce his own CD of original guitar instrumentals.
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