Carlo Di Pinto (Asphodelia)
Carlo Di Pinto
Carlo Di Pinto (stage name: Guitar Boy) was born in Melfi, Italy, in 1989. He took up the piano at 8, discovered the guitar at 12 and studied classical guitar until the age of 15. Along the way he started exploring the electric guitar in small local groups—and in 2006 he met Andrea Bocelli’s guitarist, Joe Pisto, at a blues guitar seminar at the Blues Festival of Policoro. On this occasion he also got to know the Neapolitan musician/singer Enzo Avitabile, who was so impressed with Carlo’s talents that he encouraged him to go to Rome to attend the summer Rock School of the great guitarist Ricky Portera (Lucio Dalla, Stadio, etc.). There, Carlo studied with Maurizio Solieri (Vasco Rossi), Saturnino (Jovannotti), Francesco Di Giacomo (singer of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso), Marco Manusso (Francesco De Gregori) and Carl Verheyen (Supertramp). At only 16 he performed with up-and-coming bands at Rome’s legendary "Mercati Generali" with Saturnino and Daniele Pomo. He then attended the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome, studying rock guitar with Maestro William Stravato. Carlo is currently taking various modern guitar courses at the music academy and is enrolled in the faculty of literature and philosophy, with a focus on music. Carlo has attended several seminars and guitar masterclasses with Steve Vai, Carl Verheyen, Luca Colombo Massimo Varini, Stef Burns and others. In 2006 he participated in the San Remo Academy and worked on composition under the guidance of Franco Mussida, Roberto Gauldi, Mara Maionchi and Massimo Cotto. Currently he’s started writing some songs inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy (Inferno), which will be presented at the I'm Theater playhouse. Carlo plays guitar with Asphodelia, Guitar Boy Trio, and Funky Monks (Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute).
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