I was born in Genoa in 1978…Now I live in Bologna where I graduated at the music conservatory G.B. Martini… My work has become progressevly concerned with the research of the sculputural dimensions of sound and it’s relations with space, memory and time suspension both through instrumental executional-experimental practices (mainly on guitar and dbass) and investigations into the recording and production process… I’m one of the founder members of 3/4HadBeenEliminated, a synthethis between improvisation, electro-acoustic composition and avant-rock sensibilties. i mostly works and play solo, with Massimo Volume since 2008, with In Zaire since 2010 , with the BGP trio (project with David Grubbs and Andrea Belfi) , with il Sogno del Marinaio (project with Mike Watt and A. Belfi), and i am guitar player for Rokia Traorè since 2012. I frequently collaborate on the sound-tracking (both live and on CD/video) for the productions of theater, movies, reading, dance and video art (Gianluigi Toccafondo, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Zimmerfrei, Nico Vascellari, Homemovies, Wuming2, Le Luci della Centrale Elettrica, Emidio Clementi, Alessandro Berti, Cosmesi, Balletto Civile..).. I had the pleasure to collaborate with artists and musicians such as, David Tibet and ZU, Rokia Traorè and John Parish, Phill Niblock, Marina Rosenfeld, Valerio Tricoli and Claudio Rocchetti (3/4HBE), Giuseppe Ielasi, Renato Rinaldi, Z’ev, Andrew Hooker (Blind Jesus), Jonathan Clancy, Rodrigo D’erasmo, Xabier Iriondo and Chicco Bertacchini, Enrico Gabrielli, Black Forest Black Sea, Rhys Chatam, Fear Falls Burning, Manuel Mota, Margarida Garcia, David Maranha, Manuel Giannini, Riccardo Wanke, Barry Weissblat, Enrico Malatesta, Marco Tabellini, Ootchio, Dominique Vaccaro, Luciano Maggiore, Massimo Carozzi, Oliver Mann, Margareth Kammerer, Daniela Cattivelli, Saule,Yasuhiro Morinaga…Much Respect. I pubblished solo and group recordings with labels in italy and abroad (Hapna, Die Schachtel, Soleilmoon, Bluechopsticks, Clenchedwrench, Allquestions, Presto?!, 8mm, Sedimental, Time-lag, LVD, Fringes, Bowindo and others..) .
“Italian guitarist Stefano Pilia is a lyrical minimalist… His playing is poised, higly articulate and emotionally generous”. Jon Dale / THE WIRE
“achingly gorgeous experimental electric guitar pieces from this italian composer/performer… Healing Memories is one of the best solo guitar records i’ve heard this year, possibly the best…outstanding”. Keith Fullerton Whitman
“Stefano Pilia è in prima fila accanto accanto ai grandi “guitar hero” del presente. Una musica densa, intensa ed eterea, ma poi due passi più in là turbata da rumblings feedback e dissonanze”. Gino Dal Soler / BLOW UP
“Pilia’s subsonic drones are a thing of beauty; pulling in and pushing the listener away simultaneously, keeping him or her in a constant state of limbo.. in all things Stefano Pilia does, there is an understated and simple beauty beneath them. It acts like a silent guide, making sure everything goes off without a hitch”. Brad Rose / Foxy Digitalis
” “A Year Of The Aural Gauge Operation” by 3/4HadBeenEliminated is stimulating, fascinating and most definitely mind expanding”. Mike Barnes / THE WIRE 265
” Un suono che pare nascere fuori nell’aria in cui si diffonde, e crescere nel vuoto, lontano, distante: dentro di noi”. Stefano Isidoro Bianchi / BLOW UP