"Sicilian tempers run legendarily high, but inhabitants of the Italian island—and their descendants—have a matching appetite for fun.   Even a downpour couldn’t have dampened this sextet’s raucous energy.” Alex Varty, Georgia Straight  (Vancouver Jazz Festival review) 

“Michael Occhipinti’s miraculous sounding guitar, Don Byron’s warm and woody clarinet, and the magnificent voices of the ineffable Dominic Mancuso and the divine Pilar. No pomp; no circumstance; just wonderfully and magically made music.” JazzdaGama

Welcome to the home of Michael Occhipinti, guitarist, composer, and leader of numerous projects including The Sicilian Project, Shine On: The Universe Of John Lennon, The Triodes, and NOJO (Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra). Moving between the worlds of Jazz, World Music, Funk, and Chamber Music, and performing everywhere from major festivals to your living room, please click on the various pages to discover Michael Occhipinti's many musical identities.
Get the new album MUORICA here!

Guitar/Music Lessons with ME! 

Hey musicians who aren't done learning about music (which is basically all of us), my college teaching is wrapping up and I'm in town a lot this spring/summer, so I'm taking on new private students. Guitar, composition, group coaching, arranging, pasta making, I enjoy it all so send me a message if you're interested!

New Guitar Warmup Every Day Starting March 1st 

I've set myself the goal of uploading a new guitar warmup every day, starting March 1, 2016.  I'm always trying to come up with warmups for my guitar students to both get to know their fretboard better, and also to improve their reading and knowledge of scales and intervals.  Non-guitarists are of course welcome to do these too (I've heard from a flute playing friend that he really liked the 5ths over the Cycle of 5ths one).  Hope you like them!

Jazz FM Presents Michael Occhipinti & The Sicilian Project Monday Feb.1st! 

Toronto's Jazz FM is presenting the Sicilian Project as part of their Sound Of Jazz Series at the Old Mill on Monday February 1st.  It's a unique chance to catch the band performing music off the new album Muorica in the 7-piece configuration that is at the core of much of the record.  All the key musicians who make up the band will be there:

Dominic Mancuso - vocals, Roberto Occhipinti - bass, Mark Kelso - drums, Louis Simao - accordion, Ernie Tollar - saxophone/flute, Kevin Turcotte - trumpet, and of course your truly on guitar.  This is the band's first Canadian performance since returning from Sicily in the autumn and likely the last show before the summer festival season kicks in.  Tickets are available through the Jazz FM website at  http://www.jazz.fm/index.php/news-a-events-mainmenu/sound-of-jazz/soj-series/12855-soj-series
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    Algonquin!
  • Soundcheck with Louis Simao at beautiful BluJazz+ in Akron.  Hope we will see you TONIGHT JUNE 30!
    Soundcheck with Louis Simao at beautiful BluJazz+ in Akron. Hope we will see you TONIGHT JUNE 30!
  • Beautiful sky over Roncesvalles neighbourhood.  Good place to eat icecream and celebrate longest day of the year
    Beautiful sky over Roncesvalles neighbourhood. Good place to eat icecream and celebrate longest day of the year
  • Hey look its my friend Pilar who i will be playing with Dec 1st at Koerner Hall!
    Hey look its my friend Pilar who i will be playing with Dec 1st at Koerner Hall!
  • One of Toronto's more secret gems:  Humber Bay East park
    One of Toronto's more secret gems: Humber Bay East park
  • Nice to spend my birthday watching my daughter in the All City orchestra at Massey Hall!
    Nice to spend my birthday watching my daughter in the All City orchestra at Massey Hall!
  • It is a great blessing to have generous friends!
    It is a great blessing to have generous friends!
  • Good day to play with kids and rocks
    Good day to play with kids and rocks
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