Lambertville, New Jersey based guitarist Alan Rigoletto has dedicated his career to musical growth and stylistic mastery. He is constantly working on perfecting old material, and endlessly searching for new music from all cultures. In addition to performing, Alan diligently shares his love for music as a concert organizer and music educator.
After graduating from The College of New Jersey in 2010 with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance, Alan immediately started developing his career as a professional musician in Denville, New Jersey. The guitar in his hands was constantly changing: a nylon string guitar at weddings, a steel string guitar for folk music performances, or an electric guitar for progressive rock concerts in New York City. Alan’s musical education did not stop after college, he began learning Hindustani classical vocals as a student of Pranab Kumar Biswas in 2011 and started developing his skills as a vocalist.
In 2012, Alan toured with the Brooklyn-based space rock band La Otracina, playing concerts in Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, Mainland Italy, and Sardinia in order to promote their album “The Aquarian Wind.” Following his tour Alan began working with Music for Aardvarks in Bergen County, New Jersey, providing music classes for toddlers. Alan also started writing new material with the progressive rock band Awjita, which would lead to the release of their album “Threesum.”
Alan relocated to the beautiful river town of Lambertville, New Jersey in early 2015 and immediately began making an impression. His guitar playing and singing started to be heard all over Lambertville and its neighboring city, New Hope, Pennsylvania, but this time most of the songs were his originals. Alan would eventually take his American and Irish folk inspired original songs into the studio and record the album “Every Night,” which he released to a sold-out crowd at The Birdhouse Center for the Arts in Lambertville in 2016.
In the beginning of 2016, Alan became a Commissioner with the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission with the goal of putting together the music festival “Hunterdon County World Music Day.” After many months of planning, the first Hunterdon County World Music Day was held on October 1st at Deer Path Park in Flemington, New Jersey. The festival was free to the public and included musical performances, workshops and jam sessions. Alan was promoted to Vice Chair of the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission because of the success of “World Music Day.”
It was at this concert that Alan played his first show with the Lambertville based Gypsy Folk and Hot Jazz group “The River City Healers,” who would change their name to “Pyrenesia” in 2017. Following multiple months of writing, rehearsing, and performing, Pyrenesia entered the studio to record their first EP, which was released in June 2017. The band continues to perform listening room concerts, parties, festivals, and weddings with their ever-growing repertoire of high energy Gypsy Jazz, Klezmer, Eastern European folk, trad jazz, and originals.
Alan is currently working on promoting the second annual Hunterdon County World Music Day, which has already grown in size since last year. The festival will feature the internationally touring act Red Baraat, as well as many other top-notch musicians. He As an educator, Alan continues to provide private guitar, piano, and voice lessons in Lambertville at The Birdhouse Center for the Arts and in Denville at Vanguard Music Studio. In his spare time he works towards developing his skills as a photographer, with bird photography being his main focus.