Composer, guitarist (6 and 16 steel string)

The music of Forastiere is a product of his solid training in classical, contemporary and rock music. His music defies genre definitions.

Forastiere regularly plays for festivals and concert seasons – classical and not – in Europe, the United States and Canada, where radio and media have devoted various specials to his music.

As well as his solo work, in January 2008, Forastiere performed his piece for electro-acoustic guitar and string orchestra “Why Not?”, at the Palladium Theatre in Rome, a world premiere with the Roma3 Orchestra directed by Pietro Mianiti.

In 2010 he formed Guitar Republic, with the two acoustic guitarists Sergio Altamura and Stefano Barone; that same year the trio released their debut album and began touring intensively in Italy, the USA and Canada.

In 2012, at the New York Guitar Festival, Forastiere presented “from 1 to 8”, a collection of eight studies for contemporary acoustic guitar focusing on different technical and compositional aspects. In 2010/11 and 2013/14 he toured with the International Guitar Night (US and Canada).

His fifth solo album, and ninth of his discography, “Deconstruction,” was released in January 2015.

His current solo work explores new sonic textures on a prepared 16-string guitar, built on specific Forastiere’s requests by the Italian luthier Davide Serracini. His latest album, “Village Life”, was released on October 18th, 2017.

In the Italian language, ‘Forastiere’ means foreigner, stranger.


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Discography – leader

Village Life (2017, autoprod.) – solo
Altamarea (2016, single, autoprod.) – solo
Deconstruction (2015, autoprod.) – solo
from 1 to 8 (2011, Candyrat Records) – solo
Guitar Republic (2010, Candyrat Records) – trio
Forastiere Live DVD/CD (2009, Candyrat Records) – solo
Why Not? (2008, Candyrat Records) – solo / orchestra
Circolare (2005, Accordature Aperte / Candyrat Records) – solo
Rag Tap Boom (2003, S3L / Candyrat Records) – solo
Overcrossing (1999, Equipe) – duo


Discography – compilation, collaborations

International Guitar Night V (2010, Pacific Music/Warner Music Canada) – solo, duo, quartet
Refractions – (2006, Echodisc, compilation – from the Echoes Living Room Concerts, volume 12)
Pino De Vittorio: Tarantelle del Gargano (1997, L’Empreinte Digitale, performing with the 10 and the 6 string guitar in a repertoire dedicated to the traditional Southern Italy’s folk music from the XVII and XVII centuries).



He employes a dazzling blend of slapping, tapping, strumming, altered tunings and harmonics, combined with classical phrasing and a focus on distinct and addictive melodies  – Guitar Player

His music is something like a mix of Steve Reich’s interlocking rhythmic patterns meet Michael Hedges’s  techniques, all while admiring Eddie van Halen – New Sounds,  WNYC

He approaches the guitar as a drum with strings – Classical Guitar Magazine

Forastiere’s technique is futuristic, and his musical sensibility is visionary – Chitarre

Each composition is a unique journey of impeccable technique and melodic invention. Pino Forastiere is a scientist of the guitar, but a scientist with soul –

This is music from a genius which will make you excited about music all over again – Minor

Prepare to be transported to another dimension – Jam Magazine


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