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Biografía en castellano
The Grasso brothers (Luigi, born in 1986 and Pasquale, born in 1988) come from Ariano Irpino, in the Italian region of Campania. They grew up listening to Art Tatum, Charlie Parker and Chet Baker on the LPs their father regularly played. Luigi began studying the alto sax on the advice of his doctor, since he suffered from asthma. Pasquale soon chose the guitar as his preferred instrument.
In 2001 they had the opportunity to meet Barry Harris and attend his “master classes” in Italy, at first as listeners and, until 2009, as teacher’s assistants. Luigi, at first completely self-taught, (he recorded his first album at the age of 13!) later studied composition, harmony and “classical” counterpoint at the “Giovanni Martini Conservatory” in Bologna. Pasquale had the opportunity to study with Agostino Di Giorgio, a veteran New York guitarist, disciple of Chuck Wayne who retired in the land of his ancestors and refined his knowledge under the tutelage of Walter Zanetti at the Bologna Conservatory.
Since 2012, Pasquale has resided in New York, where he is part of the community of young musicians such as Emmet Cohen, Samara Joy, etc., with a presence in the best clubs and venues in the city, and records for digital platforms under the label by SONY MASTERWORKS. Pat Metheny has said of him: “The best guitar player I’ve heard in maybe my entire life is floating around now, his name is Pasquale Grasso.”
Luigi formed his own quartets, worked as musical director with China Moses, lived in Paris between 2010 and 2019, taught at the Paris Conservatory, collaborated with Jesse Davis on the “Charlie Parker Legacy Band” project to finally settle in Germany to work with the prestigious NDR Big Band.