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Giacomo Fiore, guitar


Sol Joseph Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Guitarist and musicologist Giacomo Fiore will present an analysis of Catherine Lamb's point/wave (2015), a long-duration piece for acoustic guitar in just intonation and electronics, followed by a performance of the piece. Lamb's music explores different shadings of intonation resulting from higher prime factors in the harmonic series, and the shimmering interaction between closely-tuned and harmonically-related pitches. The lecture will contextualize the piece within the repertoire of experimental intonation music for guitar, relating its novel approach to tuning to earlier examples by Harry Partch, James Tenney, and Larry Polansky; in addition, it will suggest analytical routes to navigate the maze-like harmonic structure of the piece.

Catherine Lamb

Artist Profile

“Each of the works on this program presented its own set of challenges, and Fiore was clearly up to all of them. He performed with a very unassuming style, always focused entirely on his instrument, always sensitive that each note sound (and resound) with just the right intonation.” —S.F. Examiner

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, Santa Barbara, LaConner, Northwest, South Bay Guitar Society, Sierra Nevada, Sarzana, and Cervo); and performing with Wild Rumpus, SFSound, West Edge Opera, and the UCSC Symphony. A new music specialist, Giacomo has given world and U.S. premieres of dozens of 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. To date, he has released seven recordings for Cold Blue, Pinna, and Paper Garden Records, as well as his own impressum. His fourth recording, iv: american electric guitars, was awarded a Project Grant by New Music USA in 2014.

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.

Departments and Faculty Involved with This Event

Music History and Literature