‘Music is what feelings sound like’ (Author unknown)
‘Music is the shorthand of emotion’ (Leo Tolstoy)
With over 40 years of international experience including 2000 hours of television scoring including the NBC daytime television series Santa Barbara, Australia’s hit Neighbours, Outback House, The Lost Treasure Of Fiji and Missing Persons Unit, as well as decades of live performance and recording work with big names from Barry Manilow, Minnie Riperton to Demis Roussos; Art Phillips delivers original music with a distinctive approach to enhance the stories you want to tell. ‘A good score can define a story as no word can possibly do, as it guides the viewer through a powerful emotional journey’.
Art Phillips – Art Phillips – Music Composer, Guitarist, Record Producer, Arranger, Orchestrator and Musical Director.
…emotional solutions through music
Art Phillips, aka Art Phillips (Arturo Di Filippo) on many solo guitar record album artist releases, is a 2nd generation Italian who grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania (USA). All four of his grandparents were born in Italy, and his grandfather Antonio Phillips, born ‘Antonio Di Filippo’, from Montenero Val Cocchiara, Molise (Italy), immigrated to the USA in 1901 where immigration officials at Ellis Island, New York City changed his name on arrival to Antonio Phillips ……mamma mia – I often ask myself why ? … and what right they had to even suggest such a thing (he was only 7 years old).
Art pays tribute to his grandfather and family name by including his authentic family name, Di Filippo, on his solo acoustic guitar and mandolin Italian CD releases.
‘I am always looking for new challenges to develop a fresh sound to a project rather than predictable music clichés. In the early 1950s there was an American dramatic television series produced out of New York entitled ‘DANGER’, directed by Yul Brynner and Sidney Lumet, where the great guitarist and composer Tony Mottola scored all the episodes with the sound of a single guitar. It was such a unique and identifiable signature. I’m passionate about a strong collaboration with the filmmaker, and to develop a distinctive emotional soundscape to serve the visual story’. Art Phillips (2013)