Marco Oppedisano - Guitarist, Composer, Engineer, Producer, Recording Artist and Educator
Marco Oppedisano is an American guitarist, composer, recording artist, educator, producer and session musician based in New York City. His compositions primarily focus on the innovative use of electric guitar in the genre of electroacoustic music. Oppedisano has also composed various ensemble works with guitar and solo classical and solo electric guitar compositions.
In a professional career spanning over 20 years, his electroacoustic music is recognized internationally and 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)
Since his debut electroacoustic release in 2007, Oppedisano has four self-produced album releases on the OKS Recordings of North America label (OKSRNA) including a collaboration with David Lee Myers (aka. Arcane Device). In November 2015, Oppedisano released a self-produced EP of electroacoustic music with electric guitar on Spectropol Records entitled, Resolute. Oppedisano has also recorded for labels including Tzadik Records, Clean Feed Records (I Never Metaguitar Four - curated by Elliott Sharp), Bridge Records ($100 Guitar Project), Mutable Music, EM Records - Japan, Capstone Records and Spectropol Records.
His critically acclaimed music has been reviewed by a variety of publications and he has done online interviews for online music sites such as Guitar Moderne, Prepared Guitar, Guitar-Muse, Tokafi and Neu Guitars. Various releases have also been selected as year-end picks from online publications such as, Avant Music News, Perfect Sound Forever and Guitar Moderne. 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, October 2008). In 2016, he was included in a book of guitarist interviews called Visionary Guitars by prolific Italian reviewer and blogger, Andrea Aguzzi.
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 concert season. Some of his past works have included performances by the Esart Guitar Quartet (Portugal), Quarto Ensamble (Chile), Fireworks Ensemble, Glass Farm Ensemble, Morris Lang and The Brooklyn College Percussion Ensemble, The Zyryab Guitar Quartet (Portugal), and distinguished guitarists; Oren Fader and Kevin R. Gallagher. His music has been programmed in academic institutions such as the Eastman School of Music, Brooklyn College, Bowling Green University and Bern University of The Arts. Oppedisano’s solo electric guitar work Urban Mosaic (2002) was recently written about in a Masters Degree student thesis (along with guitar works by Britten, Ribot and Cardew) by Italian guitarist, Francesca Naibo.
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.
In May 2018, a UK feature film directed by Jules Bishop, “Besides These Walls” (IMDB Composer credit) using Oppedisano's music made its US Premiere at The Museum of The Moving Image (NYC), as part of the Queens World Film Festival, winning Best Actor and Best Narrative Feature. "Besides These Walls" made its World Premiere at the East End Film Festival in London, England in 2017. Oppedisano's music was also featured in a short film by Don Cato called “Dead Man Rides Subway” (IMDB composer credit) and was the Grand Prize Winner at the Roxy Underground Film Festival in July 2018. His music has been included in short film works by filmmaker Andrew Filippone, Jr. having been shown at the Montreal Underground Film Festival and Moviate.
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. 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/CUNY Conservatory of Music and an MA in Music Composition from the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. Oppedisano is currently a candidate at Queens College to obtain his NYS K-12 teaching certification in Music Education. He also holds the position of Adjunct Lecturer at the Brooklyn College/CUNY Conservatory of Music. Oppedisano’s music is all published through his company, Out Your Ear (ASCAP).