Giovanni has been taking guitar lessons since January 2012 so he’s been playing for a little over a year now. He has also been in a band class since November. For this additional hour a week, he and a few other kids his age practice playing songs together. The band who call themselves Infinity² played their first gig at K.J. Farrells in Bellmore on February 10. The Music Emporium did a great job poutting together the event. K.J. Farrells is a great place for local live music. The Sunday afternoon was a perfect time, too, and we just barely missed canceling the event since we had that big snow storm the day before. They had Blonde Ambition on tap, a great beer from the Great South bay brewery. So that was like the cherry on top of a very tasty sundae.
The members are as follows:
- Brendan Tominey – Guitar
- Giovanni Codignotto – Guitar <—- that’s my kid!
- Max DeGeorge – Bass
- Samantha Coppola – Vocals
- Vincent Tenaglia – Drums
Brendan is Giovanni’s friend from school. They are led by a veteran musician Artie Blaurock. Arty has been playing in bands and teaching music for decades. If you google him you’ll see he’s got a lot of experience under his belt. In fact, he was Giovanni’s music teacher at his pre-school.
There were a lot of bands playing that day and Infinity² were the closers. They rocked the house. Here is a shot of a bunch of Giovanni and Brendan’s friends from school, with Serafina as a bonus:
Here is a picture of the band after one of their practices:
Here are youtube links to each song. I got them all on video. At the end I have a link to Giovanni’s awesome solos.
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
Unfortunately, the audio was cut off on this one. I guess it was good enough to trigger the DMCA hornets? However, I uploaded a copy of it to my website: http://primordia.com/upload/beforeHeCheats.mp4. It’s best to download this link, streaming is not optimized.
Beat It – Michael Jackson
And here is a special video I made that has all of Giovanni’s solos:
The band is working on their next gig. I think the experience is awesome and I’m so very proud of all the kids who played in the band. They are all so very talented. For Giovanni, I’m especially proud of his effort over the past year and how he pulled off some of those difficult solos.