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Mario Genovese : Associate Artist

Composing music is my gateway to the soul. I feel it opens an infinite path to creative possibilities.

Random Audio Sample: Ness' hornpipe (trios: recorder, drum, mandolin) by Mario Genovese, from the CD Crossover

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Mario Genovese was born in Malta, 1957. He developed an interest in music from an early age due to his family's influence. In 1967 Genovese and his family immigrated to Australia and settled in Melbourne.

From the age of fifteen, Genovese worked as a guitarist and doubled up as a bass player in school orchestras and local bands. In 1976 he was accepted as a member of the Savannah Silver Band where he worked with talented songwriter Michael Savannah Silver and Chilean born percussionist Alex Pertout . This proved an invaluable working experience for him. He later worked with Pertout on the self–titled debut CD Alex Pertout, as well as collaborating on the tune, For Carlos, which received complimentary reviews. During this period, he also played and intermingled with many other local and international musicians such as folk artist Taj Mahal, English guitarist John McLaughlin, Russell Morris, Phil Manning, Kevin Borich and John Annas, Jim Kelly from Cross–Fire and Malcolm Green from Split Enz.

Genovese composes diverse pieces for various instruments and styles. He continues to work with small and large ensembles and is involved with session recordings for film soundtracks, music videos, radio jingles and CDs. Genovese is often commissioned to arrange music and studio session recordings for other artists.

Apart from composing, recording and performing, Genovese also enjoys teaching the guitar, bass guitar and theory of music. He established Advance Guitar School in 1997. This inspired Genovese to develop his own personal teaching method through which his self–published Introductory Course for the Guitar – Books 1, 2 and 3 was conceived. The introductory course is a comprehensive learning tool for the beginning guitarist. Genovese also assists students to prepare for auditions, sit practical and written exams with Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Association (ANZCA), Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB), and the Victorian Certificate Examination Board (VCE).

In November 2006 Genovese released his independently produced CD, Crossover. Most of the tracks on the CD are original guitar oriented compositions that encompass various genres of music. The CD is available through the Australian Music Centre or by emailing the above address.

Genovese holds a Diploma of Music from the Victorian College of the Arts. He is an Associate Member of ANZCA, and Writer Full Member of Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA).

Biography provided by the composer — current to August 2007