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Giacomo Fiore

Lecturer in Music

Italian-born guitarist and musicologist Giacomo Fiore has premiered more than two dozen new works for justly-tuned, electric, and classical guitars, and released eight recordings for Cold Blue, Pinna, Spectropol, Paper Garden Records, and his own label. As a scholar his research focuses on US experimental music, intonation, and performance; he has published articles in Music Theory Spectrum, JSAM, and TEMPO, and writes regularly for Classical Guitar and SFCV. He lectures on historical topics at UC Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the University of San Francisco.

Research Interests: 

Experimental Music

Intonation and tuning


Electronic Music

Guitars and Fretted Strings

Music Center 126
Office Hours: 

Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:30-11:30 AM

Selected Publications: 

“Tuning Theory and Practice in James Tenney’s Works for Guitar.” Music Theory Spectrum (2018), Vol. 40, Iss. 2, 338–356.

“Heterophonic Tunings in the Music of Larry Polansky” TEMPO (2014), Vol. 68, Iss. 267, 29–41.

“Reminiscence, Reflections, Resonance: The Just Intonation Resophonic Guitar and Lou Harrison’s Scenes from Nek Chand Journal for the Society of American Music (2012) Vol. 6, No. 2, 211–237. 


Selected Recordings: 

2018 Graphic Scores Readings by Lanier Sammons. Digital Album (Spectropol Records 44).

2017 Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura, by Kenji Oh. Digital EP (Pinna Records 04).

2017 My Heart Comes Undone/Because Digital EP (Paper Garden Records N/N).

2017 Larry Polansky: freeHorn (Cold Blue 00049). CD Album.

2014 iv: american electric guitars (GFLP001). Electric guitar music by Beglarian, Polansky, Porter, and Wolff. Recipient of 2014 New Music USA Project Grant. LP album.

2014 Il Velo di Iside in Possible Worlds 3 (SpecT 32, compilation)

2011 Colors (GFCD2011). Solo guitar music by Britten, Harrison, Takemitsu, and Tippett. CD album.

2009 Genteel (GFCD2009). Solo guitar music, mixed repertoire. CD Album.

2005 Tones from an Open Heart (GFCD2005). Collection of original compositions. CD album.


Education and Training: 
Ph.D., U.C. Santa Cruz
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
B.M., Belmont University, Nashville
Teaching Interests: 

Music of The Beatles (80V)

Decades in Rock: the 1970s (81R)

Cultural Histories of the Guitar (81G)

US Popular Music (11C)

Intermediate Sound Synthesis (124)