Art Phillips is a music composer, guitarist, record producer, arranger, orchestrator and musical director – and delivers original music with a distinctive approach to enhance the stories you want to tell.
Art is also owner and director of 101 Music Pty Ltd – a creative production music label.
Art Phillips, aka Arturo diFilippo, as known on many solo guitar record 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 changed his name on arrival to Antonio Phillips ……he was only 7 years old at the time and had no say in the decision.
Art pays tribute to his grandfather and family by including his authentic family name, Di Filippo, on his solo acoustic guitar and mandolin Italian CD releases.
‘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 / 1988)
…………..emotional solutions through music
‘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)