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Gary Sisto / Bio

Gary "Twisted" Sisto has been playing guitar since age 7. As a lad in NJ he was trained at Red Bank Music under the guidance of teacher-legend Jim McNamara, author of 1967's "Guitar Chords For Beginners." During his impressionable teen years Sisto was skooled by Jersey Shore guitar hero Bruce Wacker. As a young adult at American University in Washington, DC, he studied classical guitar under the late, great John E. Marlow--a student of Andres Segovia, founding member of The Washington Guitar Quintet (with the late Charlie Byrd), and namesake of the The John E. Marlow Guitar Series in Washington, DC.
In early 1991 Sisto founded and led Washington, DC's progressive rock group Cathedral. Cathedral was signed by the Kinesis label and released two albums, "Kingdom Of Ends" (1992) and "There In The Shadows" (1993). Upon the release of "There In The Shadows" the band found itself opening up for Dream Theater. In the book "The Progressive Rock Files" (CG Publishing, 1998) author Jerry Lucky includes Cathedral as a contributing member of the worldwide progressive rock legacy. Cathedral is also part of the international Progarchives at www.progarchives.com.
With the departure of it's keyboardist in late '93, Cathedral regrouped as Hip Omelette and recorded one more album. Hip O disbanded in late '94.
In '94-'95 Sisto worked as house guitarist for Washington, DC's artist management group Master Entertainment and played under the direction of keyboardist extraordinaire Valdez Brantley of Usher and Sean Kingston fame. With the act "Vekeh" a few dates were opened for headliner Patti Austin.
Sisto relocated to NYC in late '95 and played in a variety of outfits. In '96 he joined the Off Broadway comedy "The Bitter Poet Show" and was fortunate enough to replace the amazing Larry Mitchell as guitarist of the show's band The Sound of Angst. From '96 to '98 he also did stints with gothic metal monsters Vasaria, the drop-D power trio Beefbug (now Sweet Magma), and Wind Chill Factor (with members of Flay Of Soul) playing legendary venues such as CBGB's, Continental, Meow Mix, Don Hill's, Spiral, Under Acme, The Limelight, and Webster Hall.
In '99 Sisto teamed up with female vocalist powerhouse E.G. Woodard to form Full Moon Syndrome. In 2000 they released their self-titled urban folk album. Also in 2000 Sisto joined the instrumental group Funk Soul Brother playing the best of The Meters and Booker T and The MG's. Then in '01-'02 Sisto formed Plush Horses with vocalist Peter Wilson (Smile Orange) recording a three-song EP. From '02 to early '08 Sisto appeared at the Three of Cups Lounge in the East Village late on Sunday evenings as a solo acoustic act and was featured on their album "Live In The Lounge" (2002).
During this period Sisto was fortunate enough to have taken a few guitar lessons from musical (jolly green and white) giant Francis Dunnery and a friendship was formed as Gabriel-era Genesis freaks. A highlight was going to see the uncanny tribute band The Musical Box recreate the "Selling England By The Pound" tour in NYC.
In '06 Sisto joined Xraygun and teamed up with old friends from Gutterboy and Vasaria to make psychedelic space rock, theremin and all. Xraygun imploded in Spring '07. In '09, Sisto played with his good friend Neil Nathan at NYC's The Living Room and The Bowery Ballroom.
For the time being Sisto continues to write and record songs in his home recording studio, and, when possible, jams out live with friends somewhere in NYC or the Jersey Shore.

General Info

Artist Name
Gary Sisto
Home Page
Rock / Acoustic / Experimental

Contact Info

New York, NY