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Egidio "Jimmy" Faiella, Mandolinist

Egidio offers you the truly beautiful sounds of Italian and
Italian-American music as only performed on the mandolin...
In the 21st Century, the long forgotten sounds of the mandolin are still very much
alive & well in the Faiella family!
Those who have heard him play know that he surely plays from the heart!

American-Italian Mandolinista
I'm   Made   In   The   U.S.A.! BABY!

Egidio was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania in the United States of America. This American-Italian mandolinista only knows of Old World Italy through his childhood memories of visiting his grandparents. Although he's never been to Italy, he vividly remembers beautiful Italian melodies from his childhood days... when he was a little boy, he actually thought everyone's grandpa played the mandolin! Young Egidio was captured by the beautiful sounds of the mandolin and fell deeply in love with the music he heard because music was surely in his blood!

That's right, musical talent surely is in the blood... Benny (aka; Eugene) was taught by his father, the late James Egidio "Jimmy" Faiella, how to play the acoustic guitar, helping pave the way for his success and eventually spending more than half of his life as a professional guitarist. Benny is the founder and rhythm guitarist of the musical group The Jaggerz. In 1970, their Billboard #1 hit song "The Rapper" (written by local rock legend Donnie Iris and featured on Time/Life's Sounds Of The Seventies Collection) thrust this Pittsburgh-Beaver County group into the national spotlight. "The Rapper" ultimately sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide!

Egidio didn't begin to seriously play the mandolin until mid 1996. He says, "After my Grandfather passed away in 1981, my Grandmother gave me his mandolin. It actually collected dust in my closet for long periods. I only played it once or twice a year at special family gatherings and I only knew a handful of grandpa's favorites."

Like many children and grandchildren of Italian decent, Egidio was born and raised on American culture and music. Egidio makes it clear, "I've literally recorded and produced MANY different styles of music throughout my life and I can honestly say that NOTHING remotely compares to the feelings I experience when I play my mandolin... I close my eyes and feel like a little boy again all over again... It's the GREATEST feeling!"

Egidio Was Re-Inspired By A Priceless Homemade Recording...

Inspired in early 1996 by a priceless homemade recording of his grandfather playing his mandolin and acoustic guitar. This rare recording was created in the early 1970's by Uncle Joe Faiella. Egidio has mastered the feel and beautiful tones of the "Italian Folk Style" of Mandolin playing. The most emotional song for Egidio is an original musical composition entitled, "Egidio's Theme", which was created by his Grandfather. Egidio says, "I remembered that melody so clearly... when I first heard his tape, I could actually picture him playing it... Now that I'm older, I'm very proud of him for many different reasons... I can't explain how much I miss his excitement... the unique & beautiful emotions I felt when I heard that music... will live with me for the rest of my life... Thank God...     ;-)

My dear ole' Uncle Joe probably didn't realize that he
was recording one of our family's most cherished treasures
when he recorded his father (my Grandfather) back in the early 1970's...
it touches something deep in our souls...

That homemade recording is the primary reason why I decided to seriously play the mandolin!

I also have my beautiful Aunt Rose Marie and Grandmother,
the late Mary Bove Faiella, to thank for encouraging my playing since grandpa passed away!
I can't count how many times they've mentioned to me
that I should pick up his mandolino & play them a song.
I'm so THANKFUL that I finally listened to them after all those years!".

Egidio explains, "the feelings I experience when I listen to
my grandfather's homemade recording are very emotional...
I miss him & his music very much... It becomes more & more emotional as I grow older..."

 


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