Calling Leo Genovese a â€œpianistâ€ just doesnâ€™t do him justice. Even the term â€œmusicianâ€ is rather limiting. Sure, heâ€™s a great musician and a great jazz pianist but Leoâ€™s goals are more existential. Armed with 88 keys, Leo writes and performs music that feeds off of dissonance and unconventional improvisation all under the guise of â€œjazz.â€ But what Leo really wants to do is exist between the notes, in a state of musical enlightenment. Born and raised in Venado Tuerto, Argentina, Leo had an early musical influence through his mother who played classical piano. It must be in the genes; Leo soon found himself behind the keys, studying classical piano at the National University of Rosario. It wouldnâ€™t be until 2001 when the native-Argentinian would make his way to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. where he studied with Danilo Perez, Joanne Brackeen, Frank Carlberg and Ed Tomassi. Two years later, Genovese would graduate as a Professional Music Major and begin his career of performing, recording, writing and just about anything that involved music. He released his first solo record, Haikus II, in 2004 and will enter the Ropeadope family with his new record Unlocked which will feature not only Genovese but Joe Hunt and Justin Purtill (aka the Chromatic Guachos). But what separates Leoâ€™s style of piano from whatâ€™s already been done? Simple: his desire and ambition to achieve the zen (read: total consciousness) of music.
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