Artist Profiles: Roberto Catalano

Roberto Catalano

Roberto Catalano was born in Catania, Sicily. He is a scholar, a music instructor, and a professional musician. He began his musical career in 1973 as a self-taught musician and earned his degrees later on in life. He holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. His academic interests include music cultures of the Mediterranean area, organology (the study of musical instruments), and music from the Near East.

He is an instrument collector currently owning 172 instruments from all over the world. As a guitarist he has performed in major cities such as Rome, London, Vancouver, and Los Angeles. He has played with accomplished jazz artists such as guitarist John Scofield and performed as the opening act for jazz guitar and piano duo Jim Hall-Michel Petrucciani.

As an arranger he has written several scores in different contemporary styles including a Sardinian polyphonic vocal piece for the string instruments of Grammy Award winner Kronos Quartet.

Roberto Catalano founded Musicàntica in Los Angeles, California in 1994.

Roberto Catalano plays guitar, mandolin, chitarra battente, bouzouki, jew’s harp, ‘ud, benas, percussion, vocals.

Discography:

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Sott’al fico (2015)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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