The quick and dirty:
Lucio Menegon is a musician, composer and sonic artist. His mish-mash of sound encompasses ambient soundscape, avant rock, film soundtrack, twisted pop and free improvisation. He is currently working on a unifying theory of this mess and his many projects, recording credits and performances throughout North America and Europe are part of an ongoing effort to reconcile extremes and dispense with genre.
The formal version:
Lucio Menegon is a musician, composer and sonic artist. His work encompasses ambient soundscape, avant rock, film soundtrack, twisted pop and free improvisation. Born to Italian American parents and raised in the shadow of New York City, he has been playing professionally and on a DIY basis for over 25 years. His style is rooted in primitive Americana and punk, with extended technique and forays into minimalist textural spaces informing a fusion of traditional song structure and abstract modern soundscape. Masterful use of the guitar and electronics is augmented by various stringed instruments, electric bass, piano and drums. His process is decidedly analog – careful and chaotic manipulation of tone and timbre plays a dominant role in shaping this ever evolving sonic tapestry.
Lucio’s film soundtrack and guitar-centric compositions have appeared in concert, films and festivals as diverse as The Joshua Treenial to MOFOM Prague to Sundance. His ambient and sound art improvisations range from contemplative to corrosive and have appeared at festivals from Stazione di Topolo, Italy to Sonic Circuits, DC to Sound Emissions in Beijing China. Both formats have proven a potent combination in performative and multi-media contexts and integration of these stylistic polarities has proven to be effective and compelling. He is working on a unifying theory of this particular universe but this has, so far, proven elusive.
As a ‘solo navigator and musical man-without-a-country’ he has improvised, collaborated and performed with many kindred spirits including Emily Hay, Brad Dutz, Steuart Leibig, Sandy Ewen, Phillip Greenlief, Danny Frankel, Janie Cowan, Laurie Hyvarinen, Tomac Grom, Luca Miti, Diego Mazzoni, Ralph Carney, Jason Victor, Steve Shelley, Suki O’Kane, Emilie Lesbros, Pascal Niggenkemper, Damon Smith, Prehistoric Horse (David Grollman & Valerie Kuehne), Richard Lainhart, Amy Denio, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham and Moe! Staiano!, film makers Thad Povey, Al Alvarez, Diane Best, Bill Daniel and Butoh artists Christina Braun and Daipan Seattle.
As a guitarist and sideman he has played and recorded with a passel wonderful songwriters including Myshkin Warbler, Joe Garcia, Spain (Josh Haden), The Adobe Collective, Victoria Williams, The Renderers, Kim Boekbinder, Edith Frost, Joe Rut and Val Esway and counts SF Bay Area indies Ramona The Pest, Zebu and The Ho! as past projects of note.
Lucio is currently more prone to an excellent curation and festival, though a good underground diy show is never far from possible. He is a member of the Immersion Composition Society, holds a degree in Economics, has a sharp eye for photography and loves a good story. His is currently based in Joshua Tree CA with New York City and Oakland CA previous homes of note.