Composer and multi-instrumentalist, painter, photographer and videomaker, Nino Siragusa has a degree in philosophy.
He started playing guitar early and developed a rich experience that led him to experiment, in over 20 years in the world of music, different types of styles: from pop to electronics, finding his way into jazz, studying in the prestigious Siena Jazz Academy writing orchestral arrangements with the masters Giancarlo Gazzani and Bruno Tommaso.
He began his career as a painter showing his works in an exhibition called “Images” in June 2019 in Messina (Sicily) and in March 2020 he exhibited his paintings for the second time in an exhibition called “Land & Sand” in the same art gallery “Arte Cavour”.
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Nino Siragusa boasts well-reviewed record productions by the leading specialist magazines (Blow-Up, Rocksound, Rockit, etc.) and radio appearances on the Italian national circuit, including Radio Rai. He received the national award “Messina City of Art”, his native city, for musical and artistic merits.
He has performed in Europe and America, in the big cities.
In Italy he performed live by side of famous names of the Italian national scene.
He has also performed at prestigious jazz clubs in the world, among whom we can mention: Vibrato (Bel Air, Los Angeles), Cafe Cordiale (LA) and in London at “Ain’t Nothing But Blues Bar” in central Oxford Circus.
He had the opportunity to enrich his experiences playing in jam sessions with some of the most important worldfamous stage musicians including:
David Garfield (keyboardist of George Benson), the bassist Jimmy Earl ( (bassist of Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and more), the drummer Steve Ferrone (Eric Clapton, Duran Duran, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Bee Gees, U2, Slash. Pooh, Pausini) , Morris O’Conner (guitarist of Earth wind and fire), Leddie Garcia (percussionist of Carlos Santana).
Nino Siragusa is a 360 degrees creative and he expressed his talent in other arts, including photography and video. Director of most of all of his videos, he also made the videoclip of the singer Elisa Smeriglio (member of Sei Ottavi, the star band of one of the editions of X Factor Italy).
His thirst for knowledge led him to investigate every aspect of the music, among them the sound engineering, becoming an expert in the audio industry, working in Milan also with Alberto Bonardi (sound engineer of Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, Fabrizio De Andrè) mixing the single cd “L’illusione” broadcast on Italian national radio networks and on television. Nino is also the director of the videclip.
Since 2011 he devoted himself to his personal interpretation of the great classics of the Great American Songbook (recognized worldwide as compositions of a level of musical sophistication that has not yet been equaled), arranged them for guitar and voice.
He is ambassador in the world of the most important pieces of Italian culture, arranged in jazz style, which he spreads with his warm voice and his virtuoso guitar technique, making use of the particular gift that distinguish him consistent in playing different melodic lines simultaneously with voice and with guitar, demonstrating a great independence.
Nino Siragusa offers his show “JAZZ LOUNGE” in duo, trio and quartet, accompanied by a piano, a double bass and a drums, proposing his interesting arrangements of pop songs in elegant jazz and bossa nova key beside the Great American Songbook.
Among the most interesting interpretations we include “With or without you” by the U2, re-harmonized and played in bossa nova rhythm, “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees, transformed into an enthralling shuffle blues, and “Sweet Dreams” the worldfamous Eurythmics song performed in an elegant swing.