- Guitarist, Composer, Engineer, Producer and Educator
Marco Oppedisano is an American guitarist, composer, recording artist, instructor, and session musician. His compositions primarily focus on the innovative use of electric guitar in the genre of electroacoustic music. Oppedisano has also composed a cappella works, various ensemble works with guitar and solo classical and solo electric guitar compositions.
His electroacoustic music has been described as “...mindbending music for guitar and electronics...hear Oppedisano’s intricate roar.” (Time Out New York) “...for those unafraid of seeing the world through a distorted mirror, they make for some of the most willfully unaccommodating and hauntingly intense music out there at the moment." (Tokafi)“…[Mechanical Uprising] is an important work..” (Mark S. Tucker – FAME)
Album releases by Oppedisano include most recently, Resolute, an EP of electroacoustic music with electric guitar released on Spectropol Records in November 2015. Oppedisano also has four album releases on the OKS Recordings of North America label (OKSRNA): Mechanical Uprising (2010), The Ominous Corner (2008), Electroacoustic Compositions for Electric Guitar (2007) and a collaboration with David Lee Myers (aka. Arcane Device) called Tesla at Coney Island (2008). Oppedisano has also recorded for labels including Tzadik Records, Bridge Records ($100 Guitar Project), Mutable Music, EM Records (Japan), Capstone Records and Spectropol Records.
Oppedisano has also had works performed around the world by various ensembles and solo artists. He recently was commissioned by The NYC Guitar Orchestra (under a grant by the Augustine Foundation) to compose a piece for their 2016 season. The premiere took place in May 2016 and there will be a recording and published score for 2017/2018. Some of his past works have included performances by the Fireworks Ensemble, Glass Farm Ensemble, Morris Lang and The Brooklyn College Percussion Ensemble, The Zyryab Guitar Quartet of Portugal, and distinguished guitarists; Oren Fader and Kevin R. Gallagher. Oppedisano also served as editor and producer for First Flight, a solo classical guitar disc by the prolific New York City based guitarist, Oren Fader. He has also performed the music of Glenn Branca and Nick Didkovsky and been featured with performers such as Kyle Gann and Thomas Buckner on recordings by Hyperrealist composer, Noah Creshevsky.
Oppedisano's music have been reviewed by a variety of publications and he has done online interviews for online music sites such as Prepared Guitar, Guitar-Muse, Guitar Moderne, Tokafi, and Neu Guitars. He was also profiled in a book of distinguished guitarists: State of The Axe: Guitar Masters in Photographs and Words, by renowned photographer, Ralph Gibson (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 2008). In 2016, he was included in a book of guitarist interviews called Visionary Guitars: Chatting with Guitarists, by prolific Italian reviewer and blogger, Andrea Aguzzi.
Television appearances by Oppedisano include the Discovery Channel and CUNY TV. His compositions have been programmed on WNYC "New Sounds," WFMU, BBC Radio 6, CBC Radio 2 and various internet radio stations such as Pandora and Spotify. In 2012, his music was featured in a short film by Don Cato called “Dead Man Rides Subway” (IMDB composer credit) that was premiered at the Queens World Film Festival. Oppedisano has also performed live on WOR710 in New York City, Vin Scelsa's long running radio program, "Idiot's Delight" and done radio interviews for Kalvos and Damian’s New Music Bazaar.
Oppedisano is a native of Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in Queens, New York. He holds a BA in Music Composition from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and an MA in Music Composition from the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. Oppedisano’s music is all published through his company, Out Your Ear (ASCAP).