Christopher Cargnello is a versatile songwriter/composer, as well as an esteemed multi-instrumentalist from Montreal, Canada. After obtaining a master’s degree in jazz performance from McGill University in 2009, Cargnello began performing and touring steadily with a wide variety of musical acts, from Juno-nominated folk-jazz singer Coral Egan to Haitian world-music artist Vox Sambou. He is now the musical director and guitarist for afro-pop singer Aiza.
Cargnello has an intuitive grasp of many musical styles, having worked with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, reggae legend Ken Boothe, Roger O’Donnell from the iconic British rock group The Cure, acclaimed jazz pianist-vocalist Laila Biali, and steelpan virtuoso Andy Narell. Regardless the musical setting, one thing always remains constant with Cargnello: he has a keen sense of rhythm and is deeply committed to the art of groove.
Likewise, the common thread in Cargnello’s songwriting is an effortlessly soulful touch that he brings to every project. One of his longtime collaborators is his brother Paul, with whom he has written and released hundreds of funk-drenched songs under the name Skinny Bros, including features with Lee Oskar (founder of the American funk band War), KRS-One, and Lithuanian rock icon Andrius Mamontovas. Cargnello is also a co-writer, arranger, and performer on many recent projects including: Jasmine Bleile’s upcoming album “Satellites” featuring Martha Wainwright, Ana McGarrigle, and Murray Lightburn from The Deers; NYC jazz-pop singer Lisa Gary’s upcoming album “Goin’ Your Way” produced by Rob Mounsey (renowned producer/arranger for Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, and James Taylor); the R&B single “Break Free” featuring Aiza and L.A. based rapper justmuGz released on Kookoo Records. Most recently, Cargnello produced Aiza’s upcoming debut album “Adieu,” released with Kartel Musik.
As a composer for television and film, Cargnello has written the theme song and featured music for the TV show “The Street Speaks” (MaTV), and scored much of the soundtrack for the feature documentary “Clay vs. Clay” (Redhead Productions, broadcast on CBC television). His music has found placements on various TV networks such as CBC, Discovery UK, Investigation Discovery, Télé-Québec, Évasion, and Canal D, as well as in films including the 2006 TIFF and Genie award-winning movie "Familia" directed by Louise Archambault.
Whether on stage, in the studio, or behind the pen, Cargnello’s work is fueled by his unmistakable passion and drive for music.
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