Influences: Jimi Hendrix, Bb King, Freddy King, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, Cream, Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin
Emanuele Fizzotti, now living in London, is one of Italy’s foremost blues/rock guitarists and also one of the most versatile.
Having turned professional in 1983, he spent a year (1988-89) studying guitar at the “Guitar Institute of Technology” in Los Angeles.
After graduating with honours, Emanuele played as a session guitarist at the “Shanghai Recording Studios” in Hollywood, working with Mike Carnevale, sound engineer with Eric Clapton, Greg Allman, Jeff Beck and Keyth Richards.
Back in Italy, Fizzotti formed an r’n’b group called “Zip Fastener”.
The group played at “Sanremo Blues 1991”, one of the most prestigious music festivals in Italy, and also has one CD to his name.
Since 1990 Emanuele started playing guitar on jingles for important TV ads.
After a spell playing many of the top stadia in Italy and on important Tv shows with Cristiano De Andrè (who earned second place at the Sanremo Pop Festival 1993) he played with one of the best Italian bluesmen on the scene: Fabio Treves, a harmonica virtuoso.
In June ’96 Emanuele returned to L.A. to attend ten weeks of “GIT Encore Program” and toured and played gigs in and around L.A. with various rock-blues bands.
Back in Italy towards the end of ’96 Emanuele started again recording and touring with “Zip Fastener” and “The Rovers” (a tribute to Led Zeppelin).
In May 2000 he formed the blues band “Melody Makers”.
Since then, the band performed in important International Blues Festivals and released three CDs.
In 2005 he formed the band “Psychedelic Sunrise” which pays tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
During the same year Emanuele recorded an educational DVD called “Playing in the style of Jimmy Page”( Playgame Music).
Playgame also produces videos in which estabilished guitarists such as Andrea Braido, or world-famous guitarists such as Frank Gambale explain their own particular approach to the guitar.
In October 2007 Psychedelic Sunrise played at the “International Jimi Hendrix Festival” in Budapest.
Their performance was broadcasted live on Civil Radio FM98, one of the most important radio stations in Budapest reaching up to 2 millions listeners.
In November 2007 Emanuele played at the “San Babila Theatre” in Milan with Marina Schiavinato and Carmelo La Bionda (famous record producer and disco dance artist who recorded many a hit such as “One for me one for you” with “I Fratelli La Bionda”).
On November the 27th 2009, to celebrate Jimi Hendrix’s birthday, Psychedelic Sunrise played at “Charlotte Street Blues”, one of the most prestigious clubs in London.
At the end of the same year Rockhattle Music released “Guitar Sounds” (also on sale all over the world on many on line stores such as iTunes).
In this work, which contains only original compositions, Emanuele shows all of his versatility ranging among musical styles as different as blues, hard rock, jazz, country, pop, world or experimental music and playing electric and acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards, mandolin, 5 strings banjo and charango.
In July 2010 Jim Simpson (head of “Big Bear Records”) invited Emanuele to play at the “26th Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival”.
Big Bear Records grew out of Simpson's production company which has steered Black Sabbath through their first three years and the best 3 albums of their career.
During the Festival he also played with Mike Burney, one of the best saxophone players on the British Jazz scene, who started off his long musical career in 1968 with Billy Fury, has been a member of Wizzard and has toured, accompanied and sessioned with, among the others, artists such as Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, The Beach Boys, Sammy Davis Jr., Dionne Warwick, Petula Clark, Bob Hope, Cliff Richard and Cilla Black.
Emanuele was also interviewed and played in live connection from Birmingham to Atlanta in the US on WRFG Radio (Radio Free Georgia) during the program "Good Morning Blues" hosted by UK Bob.