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Emilio Bonito

Emilio Bonito crafts intricate instrumental songs that fuse acoustic fingerstyle guitar with avant-garde, indie folk and pop culture influences.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Canada, Emilio Bonito began playing the piano at the age of 4. A decade of piano training from the Royal Conservatory of Music provided the young artist with a solid musical foundation. After picking up the guitar at age 9, the young musician started emulating Jade Puget from AFI. He subsequently began developing his own repertoire based on expansive tastes that grew to include avant-garde metal, progressive rock, indie folk, and psychedelic pop. “Everything from The Mars Volta to Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver,” explains Bonito.

Bonito’s music fuses his eclectic influences into an artful mix of new and old. CBC Radio described his debut single “Marth” as “a great example of contemporary fingerstyle guitar.” Subsequent releases have explored themes of rumination, introspection and personal discovery.

His latest single “Chrysanthemum” represents a time of self-reflection. “I was trying to uncover deep down my identity, my values, and who will I become underneath all the petals,” explains Bonito. Recorded and produced by Michael Chambers (aka moon:and:6), the production salutes that of other fingerstyle greats such as Antoine Dufour, Andy McKee, Calum Graham, Don Ross, and Dylan Ryche.

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