Rocco Zifarelli is a versatile guitar player who has collaborated with many Italian and international artists in many different styles including jazz, rock, big band and orchestra. Rocco has performed on hundreds of recordings and in concert with musicians like Paul McCandless, Tony Scott, Bob Mintzer, Gege' Telesforo, Massimo Urbani, Paco Sery, Matthew Garrison, Paolo Belli, Giorgia, Ivano Fossati, Renato Zero, Cristiano De Andrè, Dulce Pontes, Teresa Salgueiro, Angelo Branduardi, Linley Marthe, Pippo Matino, Lester Bowie, and Allan Holdsworth’s keyboardist Steve Hunt (with whom he toured Italy and the US in 1999).
Rocco performs regularly and tours internationally with renowned film music composer and director Ennio Morricone (multiple Oscar nominee and winner, and Golden Globe winner for “The Legend of Novecento”). He also performs with the RAI Television Orchestra on many important TV music shows including "Festival di Sanremo," and with important directors and composers Gianni Ferrio and Nicola Piovani (Oscar-winner for "Life is Beautiful" and Cannes winner for “La Stanza Del Figlio”).
In addition to electric guitar, Rocco also plays custom electric oud, mandolin and fretless guitar, and has won praise from fellow guitarists including Scott Henderson, Pat Metheny, Steve Khan, Dominic Miller.
Rocco’s first solo release, "LYNDON" (produced by Via Veneto Jazz and distributed in Italy by Universal) featured musicians Rocco has worked with for many years, as well as brass, strings, and very special guests. The lavish production reveals Zifarelli’s talents as a composer, arranger and band leader. His interpretation and arrangement of the Jaco Pastorius composition “Havona” was included on "Mysterious Voyages – A Tribute to Weather Report", produced by the German label ESC, alongside such world class artists as Tribal Tech, Marcus Miller and Jim Beard.
Rocco was invited to perform with his band at the United Nations in New York for the 2005 Annual International Symposium, and in the same period, he joined the American repertory ensemble, The Mahavishnu Project, interpreting the music of John McLaughlin & the Mahavishnu Orchestra on tour in the USA and Europe.
He's currently working on several new CDs, both as a leader and co-leader with artists including Chander Sardjoe, Francis Lassus, Linley Marthe, Paco Sery, Alex Sipiagin, Dario Deidda and Giovanni Imparato, and a live trio DVD with Linley Marthe and Chander Sardjoe. He currently teaches at the State Music Conservatory of Bari, and has been performing with Joe Bowie's Defunkt since the summer of 2009.
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