Born: December 11 Primary Instrument: Guitar
John Peter Giunta is a conservatory-trained musician and performance artist who recognizes and demonstrates the aesthetic relationships of the arts with each other. His programs contain his specialty, classical guitar compositions, and there are other elements as well. He also combines poetry, visual art pieces and movement with his improvisations on guitars, as well as flutes, glass harp and other instruments. With the assistance of electronic instruments, he can combine the sounds of several instruments at once while playing them live. Audience members' occasional participation is integrated into the performances. The musical textures he creates range from classical to new age--and from guided imagery to meditation.
No two of his programs are alike. He is articulate in revealing himself and his artistic ideas during a program. This adds an incomparable spontaneity and unpredictability to the performances. His life experiences as a US Army Paratrooper/Survival Instructor, yoga teacher and veterans employment counselor indicate that this man is complex.
John holds a teaching certificate in Hatha yoga from the Himalayan Institute. He is a certified practitioner of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. He has been a student and practitioner of meditation since 1974. These factors bring an introspective, meditative quality to his improvisational composing. He teaches and provides help for people with performance anxiety. He is a published author in the subjects of yoga and music.
John attended Juilliard and the Mannes College of Music in New York City and holds a Master of Arts Degree in classical guitar performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He has over 20 years of performing experience on 6 musical instruments, to include orchestra appearances, a national tour of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, radio, television, and the stage to include off-Broadway shows, Town Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City.
For more information, contact:
JOHN PETER GIUNTA VIENNA WOODS STUDIOS 117 Moore Avenue, S.W. Vienna, Virginia 22180-5968 (703) 281-5498
A favorite with our staff and customers, Mr. Giunta's musicianship and audience rapport are of a caliber rarely matched by performers...His repertoire is unique--a blend of classical, jazz and Latin American/Spanish styles with a delightful dose of improvisation. KATHLEEN HALNON, Publicist, Borders Book Shop.
What I can say about his music is that every note leans to its simple beauty. Every chord he plays makes the air dance, not just in harmony with the words of poetry, but with that requisite dissonance that leaves one hoping for more. John Giunta's music elevates senses which have no language, no means of expression except that of the heartbeat. EDGAR SILEX, Native-American Poet, Author of Even the Dead Have Memories.
Everyone I spoke with just raved about your music and their enjoyment of the concert...it also fed the souls of so many music lovers. GLENDA DAVIS, Board President, National Science of Mind Center of Washington DC.
Your excellent performance was enjoyed by all in attendance. JEANE BECKWITT FORREST, President, New Dominion Chorale.
John has a sensitivity about him that is truly unique and it translates 100% into his art...a modern Renaissance man...it was quite a powerful experience...I was literally mesmerized. BIZ McMAHON, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
We all agreed he was just incredible. Broadside, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY.
The music was soothing and peaceful. My admiration is high for a musician who can improvise, and especially one who bases his/her improvisations on input from others, as John did. CAPITAL M,Newsletter of Metropolitan Washington MENSA.
John Giunta's musical talents have been integral to the success of many performance projects under my direction. His artistry, sensitivity and versatility make him a joy to work with. John is an indispensable asset to my work... SANDRA KAMMANN, Choreographer and Artistic Director: Sisters of One Eye, Unitarian Regional Dance Ensemble.
John Giunta's greatest talents are his versatility and his ability to listen. At a reading by six Latin American and North American poets...Mr. Giunta was able to echo perfectly the mood and voice of each individual poet and poem...His accompaniment gave the work the impact that poetry alone could not achieve. DENISE DEVRIES, Poet and Editor of Hispanic Culture Review,Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, George Mason University.
Willing to teach:
Master's degree on the guitar, many years of teaching experience.
Free improvisation on any instrument. YOGA FOR MUSICIANS (TM) Classical Guitar College audition preparation