Milan, b. 1959.
Composer, performer, urban designer, multimedia artist.
After studying piano with Dante Galletta and Marvin Allen Wolfthal, he began his career in the late seventies, as a composer and multi-instrumentalist.
Openly inspired by masters such as Frank Zappa, Aaron Copland and the so-called "school of Canterbury," Massimo Giuntoli has developed his own musical language characterized by an uninhibited fluctuation between academy and a very heterogeneous range of extremely refined languages. The use of electronic technologies is frequent, often reinvented out of the most diverse species.
Since 1980 he has participated in several exhibitions in Italy and abroad (see ‘festivals exhibitions’)
He has composed soundtracks for over fifty documentaries (produced by Regione Veneto, De Agostini Publisher, Rizzoli Publisher).
The CD ‘Giraffe’ (1992), and the long-playing record ‘Diabolik e i sette nani’ (1982) reviewed by international press, are still sought after in the collectors' market.
Over the past twenty years, the musical production of Massimo Giuntoli has been engaged in projects going beyond the usual dimension of stage and audience concerts: the musical material is overflowing, and so overwhelming both the concept of representation and the boundaries of music and language. Performances incorporate stage action and site-specific multimedia installations.
With ‘Pianoformance’, he stages the relationship between man and machine through an unpredictable piano recital. ’Morfeo al Ninfeo’ (1994) is an itinerant performance built in the caves and in the halls of a sixteenth-century nymphaeum, where water games - as the Wunderkammer spirit of the monument - are reinterpreted from a contemporary and technological point of view. Choreographic living chess games follow with ‘Torre del Bernabò’, then the suite ‘Musici in complotto’, in which four performers surround the audience in an old cloister. Furthermore ‘Freezy’, where dance theater and music join into an ensemble of statues, which traces an improbable as surreal history of Western sculpture. Collaboration with Il Laboratorio di Guido Bizzi in the production of educational performances: ‘Lo strumento immaginato’, dedicated to the history of the harpsichord; and ‘Tum Tum-Pa’, about the world of percussions (in collaboration with Ferdinando Faraò).
In 1995 Robert Wyatt, invited by Radio Popolare (Milan) to broadcast a cycle of programs regarding his musical preferences, includes in his selection the track "Frrr!!!" from Massimo Giuntoli's Giraffe album.
In 2003 he founded WIZARP Urban Visions, focused on concept and design for permanent installations in public space and elements of urban design: water-sound-light architectures, dynamic sculptures and musical gardens.
In 2009 he collaborated with Musea and Fabbrica Arte for the realization of the exhibition project 'The Art of Games', where he produced sound and light installations for Centro Saint Benin in Aosta.
From 2010, commissioned by Regione Valle d'Aosta, he realized several different editions of a sons et lumières for the Roman Theatre of Aosta, seen by an audience of 30.000 people.
In 2011 he took part in 'Neoludica', side event of the 54th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, where he presented the interactive animations 'You can’t stop' and 'Gun Faith', along with vector graphics artwork 'L'ego dell'artista'.
Massimo Giuntoli co-operates with Emilio Galante's Altrock Chamber Quartet as pianist, composer and arranger, and he is member of Ferdinando Faraò's Artchipel Orchestra.
Yamaha Music Europe commissions to Massimo Giuntoli 'Piano Store', a composition for six pianos, performed for three days during Cremona Pianoforte event (2014).
In 2014 he works at the arrangiament of compositions by English writer Jonathan Coe, then performed at Collisioni Festival (Barolo) with a chamber ensemble featuring Coe himself on piano.