A product of Perth’s very own fame school, the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Valerio Fiorini is a virtuoso guitarist who started out life wanting to be a drummer.
“I grew up in a building in Rome where you only have two options, you kill someone, or you get killed by someone, because it’s too noisy. It was kind of a rebound for me, guitar, but then it became my main instrument.”
Growing up in Rome, Fiorini studied under Eddy Palermo, one of the most acclaimed Brazillian jazz guitarists in Italy. When he arrived in Perth around a decade ago, he took up further musical studies at WAAPA when, “I could only just about order food in a restaurant in English.”
For Fiorini, living is all about taking on challenges and now he’s bringing his unique take on life and music to new audiences with the release of the album, Step Outside, by his jazz quintet, ANTIUM, at the Ellington Jazz Club on Wednesday 24 July.
“It was kind of a rebound for me, guitar, but then it became my main instrument.”
The name of the outfit, ANTIUM, is borrowed a small city on the ocean side close to Rome. Also close to Fiorini’s heart, the title of the album, Step Outside, is pretty self-explanatory. Fiorini is inviting his audience to step outside themselves, and take on a new challenge, albeit a musical one.
Are you up to the challenge?
ANTIUM will be launched at The Ellington Jazz Club on 24 July. Click here for more information.