Italian guitarist Giacomo Fiore has presented eclectic programs to audiences across the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy. Highlights include appearances at Other Minds (SF), the Stone (NYC), Spectrum (NYC), Constellation (Chicago), Omaha Under the Radar, Tuesday@MonkSpace (LA), the wulf. (LA), Microfest (LA), Garden of Memory, and Thingamajigs; numerous invitations to guitar festivals (Healdsburg, Northwest, South Bay Guitar Society, Sierra Nevada, Sarzana, and Cervo); and performing with Wild Rumpus, SFSound, West Edge Opera, and the UCSC Symphony. An ardent advocate of new music, Giacomo has given world and U.S. premieres of more than two dozen works for classical, just intonation, and electric guitars, including pieces by Larry Polansky, Kenji Oh, Ron Nagorcka, Agustin Castilla–Ávila, Garry Eister, Lanier Sammons, Fernanda Navarro, Edward Schocker, and many more.
For 2017, Giacomo is anticipating several new releases on Paper Graden Records, Cold Blue, Pinna Records, and Spectropol. Fiore’s fourth recording, iv: american electric guitars, was awarded a Project Grant by New Music USA in 2014. Previous releases include Colors: Modern Music for Guitar (2011), with works by Britten, Harrison, Takemitsu, and Tippett; Genteel (2009), a selection of classical, popular, and world-music pieces showcasing various formative influences; and Tones from an Open Heart (2005), featuring original instrumental compositions.
Giacomo holds a Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz, where he completed a dissertation on the just intonation guitar works of Lou Harrison, James Tenney, and Larry Polansky. He has presented his research at international and regional conferences, and published articles in Tempo, JSAM, Music Theory Spectrum, Classical Guitar Magazine, and SFCV.org. Currently he lectures on a range of historical and practical subjects at the SF Conservatory, UC Santa Cruz, and the University of San Francisco.