A L E X P I N T O
Alex Pinto is an award
winning guitarist and composer from the United States. Hailed as the
most original guitarist by the jury on his way to third prize at the
2008 Montreux International Jazz Guitar Competition, Pinto has
established himself as a guitarist with a sound and concept unlike any
player on the scene today.
He released his debut album, Inner State, on Pursuance Records in 2011, with All About Jazz
calling it, "...a rhythmically vital, modern jazz album that's
constructed on a global stage, and introduces a guitar talent and
composer with great promise." Pinto's guitar playing would go on to be
featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Downbeat Magazine
and elicit praise from Rez Abbasi, one of today's modern jazz guitar
giants - "Alex is one of the very few players of his generation to
on the challenge of creating a hybrid music, namely one of Jazz and
Hindustani music. I can only imagine what he'll produce in the years to
come." Pinto would later be recognized as a top new talent selection from leading jazz blog, Jazz Station.
Pinto has spent the last four years honing his
craft in the creative hotbed of San Francisco
, where he led his own
jazz trio, performed guitar with indie rock outfit The Lawlands
, played bass in emerging bands, Magic Fight
and performed alongside musician/animator Jeremy Rourke
. Pinto also co-founded the SF Offside Festival
, a new jazz and creative music festival, in 2012 that was selected by NPR
as one of 6 creative presenters finding new audiences for jazz music.
Pinto is currently a Senior Fulbright-Nehru
at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) in India,
where he is pursuing new directions in hybrid music. His research is
focused on integrating Carnatic South Indian Classical Music with Modern
Jazz. He will be conducting his research and teaching at SAM until May
2014. His is also finalizing an EP featuring new compositions with musicians he has met and worked with in India.