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A guitar, an accordion, a suitcase. This is how the professional musician Gianfranco Foddai started his new adventure in Seattle. After 30 years of music, he hasn’t still figured out what his main instrument is. Sometimes piano, sometimes acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synths, accordion, mandolin, vocals, bass, percussions, electronics…

In his motherland, Italy, he moved among different styles of music: from classical piano sonatas to heavy angry guitar riffs, passing by the irish-folk-rock of Gamas Rebeldes to the vintage-funky-soul of the Apollo Beat. As a result, imagine to combine the power riffs of the Rammstein with a button accordion, served with a piano version of an out-of-control harmony of modular synths, plus a touch of grooving noisy guitars, and an irreversible addiction for pasta.

This is Gianfranco Foddai and his is music from the world(s).

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Gianfranco first started studying piano at age 8 in his home country of Italy, and continued to have a strong passion for music throughout his life. He studied Piano, Composition, and Music and New Technologies at the “Conservatorio di Musica di Sassari” (Conservatory of Music of Sassari), graduating in 2008. During that time, Gianfranco also developed a strong passion for playing guitar and later became interested in rock music, funk and soul, electronic, and European folk music. 


As a professional musician in Italy, Gianfranco worked as a multi-instrument live performer, producer, audio engineer, and music teacher. He moved to Seattle in November of 2017, where he has continued to develop his professional music career.


Currently, Gianfranco is the Music Director of Saint John's Episcopal Church in Kirkland. He also teaches for Fingerprint School of Music, and keeps playing live shows in the Seattle area.

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