Although sometimes difficult to label and musically classify, singer-multi-instrumentalist, recording artist,
Producer, composer, super-musician, guitarist extraordinaire and guitar inventor with two U.S. patents,
Best describe Gabriel Amato in a sentence. However, one needs to expand on the super-musician label in order to fully describe this one-of-a-kind musical talent that is Gabriel Amato.
Gabriel is a true virtuoso and accomplished musician on guitar, fretless bass, piano, drum kit, vibraphone, and recorder. Inspired by his love for the music of the Beatles, his musical journey began in 1962 by teaching himself the guitar at age five while rejecting all efforts at formal training. Early influences include both American and English guitar legends Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery
Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Gabriel was covering Hendrix songs by the tender age of nine and was demonstrating his guitar prowess with the likes of Purple Haze, Mississippi Queen, and Whole lotta love. Although
Gabriel enjoyed the material of his early guitar heroes,
He really only wanted to learn technique from each of them
while inventing his own unique style.
During the 1970's he became increasingly interested in British Progressive Rock and particularly with the super-bands such as Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, and Gentle Giant. Gabriel became enamored with the playing of
Steve Howe, and could play just about any Yes tune, note for note, while still only a freshman in high school.
Growing up in a New Jersey suburb, Gabriel always had a
Basement band and developed a habit of learning and composing on everyone's instrument left at his house between sessions. Although guitar remained his first love,
It wasn't long before his musicianship on the other instruments caught up to par with his extraordinary guitar playing. After following and roadying with the genius band Gentle Giant, Gabriel fully understood what his talent was capable of achieving and set out to become a world class vibist and composer of his own brand of progressive music.
In the 1980's, Gabriel's study of great music took him down the pathway other greats long before him had discovered.
Clifford Brown, Mcoy Tyner, Chick Corea and Gary Burton, Buddy Rich and Jack Dejonet. Allen Holdsworth and other innovators. Gabriel befriended and played with Jaco Pastorious and other equally gifted and renowned artists. Against this backdrop, Gabriel knew in his heart he was a very gifted and talented musician and in order to live up to his full potential he must fully dedicate himself, at whatever sacrifice, to his instruments and music. And dedicate himself he did. He took on a selfless commitment to study the many facets of music including audio engineering and instrument design.
While performing in Florida, C.B.S. Italia sought him out
To play bass on and produce the fourteenth album of the legendary Italian progressive rock band Banco. This led to a live Virgin c.d. and a European theater tour as a featured artist with the famous international recording artist Ricardo Cocciante.
Go to the gallery section to view live television clips of Gabriel being featured with Cocciante.