Luigi Masciari

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Guitar player and composer, he starts showing interest in music at the age of six. After experiencing  different types of music, his attention turns to jazz and in 1996 he undertakes a specific training course, initiating  in parallel a professional and artistic activity. He starts studying the jazz guitar with Umberto Fiorentino and deepens the “language” attending assiduously the music laboratory directed by Gianluigi Goglia.He obtains the diploma in “Jazz Arrangement and Composing” at S. Cecilia Music Academy in Rome, guided by M° Paolo Damiani, with whom he initiates a precious music collaboration realizing various recordings and endless live concerts.  During the period  at S. Cecilia Academy,  first as a student and then as a teacher, he also had the opportunity to study and work, both in the recording room and live, with the outstanding pianist Danilo Rea with whom he created an important experience of didactic cooperation in the Academy.The intense composing activity and live performances attributed him various prizes and recognitions, including the prestigious  American international prize “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead for Performers and Composers”. On such occasion he has the opportunity not only to perform on the stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.,but also to introduce his original compositions.He is currently jazz guitar teacher in many Italian conservatories and has made many records, both as band leader and as sideman. He performs regularly or occasionally with leading artists in the national and international jazz field. (Danilo Rea, Paolo Damiani, Aaron Parks, Paul McCandless, Javier Girotto, Rosario Giuliani, Francesco Bearzatti, and others).