Claudio Pontesilli

Note: Not existing a Claudio Pontesilli’s web site, Sylvio opened  a page for his web site looking like a micro web site in the middle of his favourite links dedicated to the guitarrist Claudio.

Biography

Claudio Pontesilli born in Rome on June 3rd 1970. The guitarist played in the following bands: with "The Transformer Group" on 1993-95, with "Iperbole" then "Brain Damage" playing "Pink Floyd" covers on 1995-99, with "The Uncle Grunge Band" on 1995-96, sometimes with "Sylvio Cancrini G. Band" on 1996-01, with "Aritmia" on 1997. With "Academia Group" until 2001. Also Claudio played classical music at his high school music called "Nova Artes" since 1993. Claudio died on October 1st 2001 at 7:20 in the morning falling down from 5^ floor, it wasn t clear if it was an incident or a suicide. Great disperation for family and friends. Claudio even wished to do an his solo album. This dream is realized but too late. Luckely this music is still there. Infact, Sylvio Cancrini G. listened to the material on tapes chosing the best recorded at his house between 1989 & 1994 and then just in late 2001, Sylvio realize this album without playing any instrument with Claudio's playback tapes working just a simple producer. So, this Claudio Pontesilli’s album produced by Sylvio Cancrini G. titled "Sweet Claudio Guitarist" released in late 2001. Fabrizio Fontanelli (Mardi Gras), Sylvio Cancrini G. & Antoine "Wilbur Rail" Panunzio decide to organize a tribute concert for Claudio called "Claudio Pontesilli Tribute" with bands where Claudio played in there. Claudio was a good person for everybody. Now, Claudio’s playing with Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, Jimi Hendrix, Ian Curtis, John Belushi, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie Mercury, Jeff Porcaro, Kurt Kobain, Rozzy Williams, Jerry Garcěa, Sterling Morrison, Lucio Battisti, Fabrizio De Andrč, Falco, Rick Danko, John Lee Hooker, George Harrison, John Entwistle & Johnny Cash.

 

Discography

(with real audio & Mp3)

Claudio Pontesilli

1) Sweet Claudio Guitarrist (2001) (28 tracks)

(cover photo by Sylvio Cancrini G.)

Click on titles to hear the songs

train in vibrate dark (version 1) (Real Audio)

Guitar & volume (version 1)(Real Audio)

Looking like Muddy waters (Version 2) (Real Audio)

ATOM HEART MOTHER (Real Audio)

FIRTH  OF FIFTH (Real Audio)

Guitar and volume  (VERSION 3) (Real Audio)

DON'T LEAVE ME  NOW (Real Audio)

A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS (Real Audio)

ON THE TURNING AWAY  (Real Audio)

All music and  played composed by Claudio Pontesilli

except n. 12  composed by Pink Floyd & Ron Geesin

n. 15 by Genesis

n. 25 by Pink Floyd

n. 24 by Roger Waters

n. 28 by David Gilmour & Anthony Moore

 

With "The Transformer Group" (early "Sylvio Cancrini G. Band"):

1) The first but live album 1993-2001 (2002) (36 tracks) (Double cd)

 

(cover photo by Giovanni Canitano)

Click on titles to hear the songs

CD 1

Instrumental (Claudio Pontesilli) (Real Audio)

Stay (Pink Floyd) (Real Audio)

Idiot_wind (Bob Dylan) (Real Audio)

Childhood's end (David Gilmour) (Real Audio)

Presentation (The Transformer Group) (Real Audio)

Atom earth mother (funky dung) (Pink Floyd & Ron Geesin) (Real Audio)

Sultans of swing (Mark Knopfler) (Real Audio)

Lullaby (TheCure) (RealAudio)

CD 2

Shine on your crazy diamond (Pink Floyd) (Real Audio)

Is your love in vain? (Bob Dylan) (Real Audio)

Walk on the wild side (Lou Reed) (Real Audio)

Goodbye cruel world (Roger Waters) (Real Audio)

Is your love in vain? (incl. "Walk on the wild side" medley bass) (Bob Dylan & Lou Reed) (Real Audio)

Have a cigar (Roger Waters) (Real Audio)

Tracks composed by various artists indicated inside of parenthesis near by titles

 

With Sylvio Cancrini G.:

1) Is it relaxing music? (1999) (19 tracks)

(cover photo by Sylvio Cancrini G.)

2) The nymph of death (2002) (18 tracks)

 

(cover photo by Eddy  Dal Ponte)

Click on titles to hear the songs

She says she understands (Mp3)

It's like an exercise (Mp3)

Words & music composed by Sylvio Cancrini G.

 

Gigs

With "Sylvio Cancrini G. Band"

1) Rome 15 april 1992 Tuesday, Courtyard of Torquato Tasso high school, Time over 30 min.

Line up:

Sylvio Cancrini G.: Acoustic guitar, Vocal & Harmonica

Claudio Pontesilli: Electric "Fender Stratocaster" Guitar

Set list:

1) Smalltown (acoustic) (solo Sylvio)

2) Mother (acoustic)

3) It's all over now, Baby blue (acoustic) (solo Sylvio)

4) One of these times (acoustic)

5) Vicious (acoustic)

6) Another brick in the wall (part 2) (incl. "Another brick in the wall (part 1)" solo guitar medley) (acoustic)

7) So far away (incl. "Into the groove" melody saying: "I'm so far away from you", "Tomorrow is a long time", & "Cadillac Ranch" medley) (acoustic).

Click on Picture: (First Sylvio's guitarist Claudio before the gig)

 

2) Rome 14 May 1996 Tuesday, Sylvio's house as enjoying gig without friends as public, Time over 5 min.

Line up:

Sylvio Cancrini G.: Fender Jazz Bass & Harmonica

Claudio Pontesilli: Electric "Fender Stratocaster" Guitar

Set list:

1) Atom Heart Mother (Funky Dung) (incomplete played)

2) Atom Heart Mother (Funky Dung)

3) The Final Cut (solo Sylvio) (Incomplete: few chords being too late night).

 

3) Rome 19 April 1998 Sunday, Alpheus, Momotombo hall, Time 34 min.

Line up:

Sylvio Cancrini G.: Bass, vocal & Harmonica

Claudio Pontesilli: Electric Guitar

Francesco "Franz" Millocca: Drums

Set list:

1) Little arpeggio improvised by Claudio

2) Walking on the street (suite in 5 parts)

3) Vicious Circle

4) All along the watchtower

5) Little Dark Improvisation (solo Sylvio)

6) Shelter From the storm

7) Blowin' in the wind (Mp3)

8) Running on the sea

After Claudio's death avenued on 1 october 2001, the same Claudio Pontesilli on electric guitar as playback by Stereo on various next "Sylvio Cancrini G. Band"'s gigs since late 2001.

 

With "The Transformer Group" (early "Sylvio Cancrini G. Band")

1) Rome 3 June 1994, Friday, Release Bar, Time under 5 min. (Soundcheeck) + Time 45 min. (Concert).

Line up:

Sylvio Cancrini G.: Fender Jazz Bass, Vocal, Back-up vocal & Harmonica

Claudio Pontesilli: Electric "Fender Stratocaster" Guitar, Vocal & Tambourine

Gabriele Parrini: Electric "Fender Stratocaster" Guitar & Shared vocal (Except on songs n. 4 & 5)

Giuseppe Mazzilli: Drums & Maracas

Soundcheeck, Set list:

1) Cremation-ashes to ashes (Lou Reed) (incomplete: few notes)

2) Atom Heart Mother (just "Funky Dung") (Pink Floyd & Ron Geesin) (incomplete)

Concert, Set list:

1) Atom Heart Mother (just "Funky Dung") (Pink Floyd & Ron Geesin)

2) Downbound Train (Bruce Springsteen)

3) Have a cigar (Roger Waters)

4) All along the watchtower (Bob Dylan) (Claudio on Tambourine & Giuseppe on Maracas)

5) Cremation-ashes to ashes (Lou Reed)

6) Sultans of swing (Dire Straits)

7) Is your love in vain? (Bob Dylan)

8) Goodbye cruel world (Roger Waters) (Gabriele on Shared vocal)

9) Lullaby (The Cure)

10) Childshood’s end (Pink Floyd)

Note: Now, this gig live recorded is available on cd: "The First but live album 1993-2001" (2002).

 

2) Rome 21 November 1994 Monday, Antica Carboneria, Time under 15 min.

Line up:

Sylvio Cancrini G.: Bass & Vocal

Claudio Pontesilli: Electric Guitar

Alessandro Stasi: Drums (Guest on song n. 2)

Alessio Carmignani & Pierluigi Gigi ?: Djembčs (Guests on song n. 2)

Set list:

1) Cremation-ashes to ashes (Lou Reed)

2) Sweet Jane (Lou Reed)

3) Walk on the wild side (Lou Reed)

Note: Now, this gig live recorded is available on cd: "The First but live album 1993-2001" (2002).

 

3) Rome 22 November 1994 Tuesday, Music Inn, Blue Note Festival, Time under 32 min.

Line up:

Sylvio Cancrini G.: Bass & Vocal

Claudio Pontesilli: Electric Guitar & Vocal

Gabriele Parrini: Elecric Guitar

Gianluca "Robert" Zezza: Drums

Set list:

1) Shine on your crazy diamond (part 1) (Pink Floyd)

2) Atom Heart Mother (just "Funky Dung") (Pink Floyd & Ron Geesin)

3) Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits)

4) Is your love in vain? (Bob Dylan)

5) Walk on the wild side (Lou Reed)

6) Goodbye cruel world (Roger Waters)

Note: Now, this gig live recorded is available on cd: "The First but live album 1993-2001" (2002).

Click on Picture: (Gabriele & Sylvio) (by Giovanni Canitano)

 

4) Rome 7 February 1995 Tuesday, Music Inn, Blue Note Festival, Time 45 min.

Line up:

Sylvio Cancrini G.: Bass & Vocal

Claudio Pontesilli: Electric Guitar & Vocal

Gabriele Parrini: Elecric Guitar & vocal

Gianluca "Robert" Zezza: Drums

Set list:

1) Shine on your crazy diamond (part 1) (Pink Floyd)

2) Atom Heart Mother (just "Funky Dung") (Pink Floyd & Ron Geesin)

3) Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits)

4) Is your love in vain? (Bob Dylan)

5) Walk on the wild side (Lou Reed)

6) Goodbye cruel world (Roger Waters)

7) have a cigar (roger waters)

8) sweet jane (lou reed) (solo Sylvio)

Click on Pictures: (1) Claudio & Sylvio & 2) Sylvio) (by Giovanni Canitano)

       

 

5) Zagarolo (Rome) 25 February 1995 Saturday, Rospigliosi Palace, Time under 40 min.

Line up: As above

Set list:

1) Shine on your Crazy Diamond (Part 1) (Pink Floyd) (Including Atom... "Funky..." just bass harmonicas comin’ back to play "Shine..." began alone then with the group singing the last verse of "Shine..." because Sylvio forgot to sing it after Claudio’s verse. Sylvio was so distract singing his verse of "shine...(part 2)" in his mind when Claudio was singing just first verse of shine..."(part 1)" to the audience listening to the band: "The Transformer Group"

2) Atom heart mother (just "Funky Dung") (Pink Floyd & Ron Geesin)

Sylvio, Claudio & Gabriele’s speech introducing the band comenting the beautiful evening, too

3) Sultans of swing (Dire Straits)

4) Is your love in vain? (Bob Dylan) (Incl."Walk on the wild side" (Lou Reed) medley)

Sylvio asks the audience: "Do you like "Walk on the wild side" (Lou Reed)? And someone said no! And other said yes! But in every case "Walk on the wild side" wasn’t played as entire song, but as medley with Dylan’s song for problems of time in the evening: there were a lot of bands. T.T.G. Didn’t play "Goodbye cruel world" (Roger Waters) x same reasons, too

5) Lullaby (The Cure)

6) Have a cigar (Roger Waters)

Gabriele announced the last song played by Sylvio alone during the beginning to put in order their instruments inside their big cases.

7) Sweet Jane (Lou Reed) (solo Sylvio) (some beautiful dark girl follow the song in clap hands with almost all audience and at the end of the song, Sylvio said to the audience: "Grazie"). It has been an interesting and enjoyng nice concert!

Note: Now, this gig live recorded is available on cd: "The First but live album 1993-2001" (2002).

 

6) Rome 12 April 1995 Tuesday, Music Inn, Blue Note Festival, Time under 50 min.

Line up:

Sylvio Cancrini G.: Bass, Vocal & Back-up vocal & Harmonica

Claudio Pontesilli: Electric Guitar & Vocal

Gabriele Parrini: Electric Guitar & Back-up vocal

Marco Cavagnaro: Keyboards & Acoustic Guitar

Gianluca "Robert" Zezza: Drums

Set List:

1) Another Brick in the wall (part 1)

2) Atom Heart Mother (Funky Dung)

3) Downbound Train

4) Lilies (solo Sylvio only on vocal with Gabriele on guitar for a note)

5) Stop (solo Sylvio only on vocal)

6) Set the control for the heart of the sun

7) Lullaby

8) Sultans of swing

9) Other Voices

10) Is your love in vain?

11) Walk on the wild side

12) Goodbye cruel world

13) Sweet Jane (solo Sylvio with Gianluca on big drums & Gabriele with a drumstick on dishes of drums).

 

The Uncle Grunge Band

1) Rome 20 April 1996 Saturday, Sweetwater, Time over 60 min.

Line up:

Giorgio Cavagnaro: Vocal & Electric Guitar

Marco Cavagnaro: Electric "Gibson epiphone" Guitar

Claudio Pontesilli: Electric "Fender Stratocaster" Guitar

Sylvio Cancrini G.: Fender Jazz Bass, Vocal on songs n. 15, 16, & 17, Shared vocal on song n. 12 & Electric Guitar (on songs n. 15, 16 & 17)

Massimo Montebello: Drums & Back-up vocal

Set list:

1) Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie)

2) Sultans of swing (Dire Straits)

3) I am the walrus (The Beatles)

4) Speak to me (Pink Floyd) (solo Sylvio)

5) Breathe in the air (Pink Floyd)

6) Time (Pink Floyd)

7) Breathe in the air (reprise) (Pink Floyd)

8) Ticket to ride (The Beatles)

9) Sympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones)

10) Brain Damage (Roger Waters)

11) Eclipse (Roger Waters)

12) Walk on the wild side (Lou Reed)

Encore:

13) Miss you (The Rolling Stones) (played in A- not in D- as was decided before this gig)

14) Jumpin’ jack flash (The Rolling Stones) (only intro bass)

15) Knockin’on heaven’s door (Bob Dylan) (solo Sylvio on guitar & vocal with Marco on guitar)

16) Under the sign of fishes (Sotto il segno dei pesci) (Antonello Venditti) (solo Sylvio)

17) Sweet Jane (Lou Reed) (solo Sylvio then unplugged being too late night).

 

2) Rome 21 May 1996, Tuesday, Alpheus, Mississippi hall, Time over 40 min.

Line up:

Giorgio Cavagnaro: Electric Guitar & Vocal

Marco Cavagnaro: Electric Guitar

Claudio Pontesilli: Electric Guitar

Sylvio Cancrini G.: Bass, Vocal & Harmonica (on songs n. 1, 2 & 3) & Bass

Massimo Montebello: Drums & Back up vocal

Set list:

1) Sweet Jane (Lou Reed) (Sylvio solo)

2) Walk on the wild side (Lou Reed) (Sylvio solo)

3) Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie)

4) Sultans of swing (Dire Straits)

5) Speak to me (Pink Floyd) (Sylvio solo)

6) Breathe in the air (Pink Floyd)

7) Time (Pink Floyd)

8) Breathe in the air (reprise) (Pink Floyd)

9) Brain damage (Roger Waters)

10) Eclipse (Roger Waters)

11) Ticket to ride (The Beatles).

Pictures (by Vera Allocati Maida)

Click on Pictures: (1) Claudio's signal stick of guitar, Sylvio, Marco & Giorgio & 2) Claudio, Giorgio, Sylvio, Massimo (on drums) & Marco) (by Vera Allocati Maida)

        

 

With "Iperbole" then called "Brain Damage"

Various gigs including "Anguillara (Rome) 6 August 1996 in a square" & "Rome period 1995-96 at Horus Club" playing "Pink Floyd" covers on period 1994-99

for further details, click on "motore Virgilio using names: "Claudio Pontesilli", "Iperbole" & "Brain Damage"

 

With "Academia Nova Artes High School Music"

Claudio's saggio of classical music playing Classical Guitar in orchestra on period 1995-96

 

With "Aritmia"

1a) Rome early July 1997, Studio Salamandra 33, Rehersals for concert of 11 July 1997 at Sweetwater

Line up:

Roberto ?: Bass & Vocal

Claudio Pontesilli: Electric Guitar

?: Electric Guitar

Giuseppe ?: Drums

Set list:

45 min. of various songs including "Lo Spettacolo" (Litfiba), "Down to the waterline" & "Sultans of swing" (Dire Straits).

1b) Rome 11 July 1997, Sweetwater, Time 45 min.

Line up: As above

Set list:

As above.

 

With "Academia Group"

? ?, Unknown piano bar, Time 90 min.

line up:

Alessandro Pontesilli: Keyboards

Claudio Pontesilli: Electric Guitar

Unknown Girl: Vocal

set list:

?

 

With One of Last Unknown Bands playing instrumental music

Rome period 2000 & 2001, Unknown Studio, 2 Rehersals for their unknown concerts

1st rehersals, set list:

?

2nd rehersals, Set list:

?

 

Picture (Claudio off stage)

 

 

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