“Simone Massaron is an inventive improviser and highly skilled guitarist, is a unique voice among a new generation of musicians literate in both the improvising traditions of Derek Bailey/Fred Frith and rock/free jazz, working towards a new language of the guitar”.
Marc Ribot


Simone Massaron was born in Milan (Italy) in 1971.
When he was four years old he started learning piano with his father Sergio, who was an orchestra director. In his first fifteen years he practised different instruments (piano, guitar, drums), playing in different local bands among the many in his neighbourhood, thus creating the background of a poly-instrumental talent that will enable him, later on, to spread his musical views.
When he was 16, he focused on guitar and went abroad playing gigs through Europe with a rock local band.
The following years are then dedicated to jazz only, attending classes with Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, and Mick Goodrick.
His eclectic way of relating to guitar puts him through the smashing musicians in Longsong Records. That is the label, in Milan, of his first recording “Breaking News”, together with his hero Elliott Sharp, and it will give him also the opportunity to mix his guitars with Nels Cline, Marc Ribot and to perform in different recordings.
His style on the instrument shows all of his eclecticism and his pleasure in crossing over genres, such as radical improvisation, avant-garde free music, looping and live electronics but also pre-war blues, live sountracks on silent movies and contemporary. All that is possible thanks to the great instrumental technique, which allows him wandering in unknown guitar repertoire areas. Simone Massaron is one of the best fretless-guitar player in Italy and he attended the 2006 “Fretless Guitar Festival” edition in New York.
“Dandelions on Fire”, second recording by his name for Longsong Records in 2008, featuring Carla Bozulich, meets critical acclaim and it is voted one of best recording of the year by many music magazines. In that summer he also performs live with Marc Ribot as a duo.
Since 2008 he´s a member of “El Gallo Rojo”, italian musicians´ collective.
In 2010 he recorded “The Big Empty” , a guitar solo album.
Musicians he has been playing with are Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Nels Cline, Carla Bozulich, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Steve Piccolo, Gak Sato, Leena Conquest, Xabier Iriondo, Giovanni Maier, Tiziano Tononi, Daniele Cavallanti, Jenny Scheinman, Zeno de Rossi, Massimo Pupillo, Piero Bittolo Bon, Craig Green, Scott Amendola.




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