In 1996 he laid down this instrument and picked up a six-string acoustic guitar. He has studied composition and chamber music, performed in various ensembles with classical or original selections, and collaborated with jazz, experimental, electronic and pop projects. He has also published the record Overcrossing (a duo with Luca Pagliani, Equipe, 1999). His first solo CD, Rag, Tap, Boom, 2003, has met swift critical acclaim.
From the 13-tracks of his debut album as a soloist, Forastiere plays live in concert “Hidden 7”, “Nonsensense”, “November”, “Complicated Night” and the title-track “Rag Tap Boom” (as the most frequently selected by Italian and American radio’s playlists), and new compositions. In October 2004 Forastiere toured for his first time in United States (New York, Philadelphia, Milwaukee) where he leaded also a masterclass at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Music Department. On the same occasion of the US tour he performed live the music of “Rag Tap Boom” at Echoes Radio (John Diliberto) and WNYC Radio (“New Sounds” by John Schaefer). In 2005, Forastiere was invited to play in important Italian festivals, such as Festival Paganini (Parma), Musica in Ateneo (Campobasso), Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival (Roma). On October 2005, Forastiere released his second solo album, “Circolare”. Forastiere also teaches calculus at the Muncy Jr/Sr highschool in Muncy Pennsylvania under the name Mr. Smith. www.forastiere.it Buy CD or Digital download: http://candyrat.com/artists/PinoForastiere/ Albums: Pino Forastiere : Why Not? Pino Forastiere : Circolare Pino Forastiere : Rag Tap Boom Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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