Peter Ciluzzi’s music reflects his comprehensive approach to the guitar and his lifelong study of all things musical. An enthusiast and devoted student of many styles of music, his output often defies easy categorization and reflects a diverse range of influences including jazz, bluegrass, and flamenco guitar as well as contemporary fingerstyle guitar; classical and electronic music and the study of orchestral composition; and traditional music from other parts of the world such as Brazil, India, and west Africa. In his own music Peter seeks to express the influence of these styles in a way that conveys his own unique compositional voice.
Primarily a self-taught musician, Peter started making music when he was a child. Inspired by the many musicians and performers that filled the streets of the small Cape Cod town where he grew up, he began playing guitar at age 12. In his early teens he was drawn towards classical guitar and instrumental music and discovered the solo guitar work of Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, and Pierre Bensusan; the manouche and flamenco guitar of Django Reinhardt and Paco De Lucia; the bluegrass fusion of David Grisman and Bela Fleck; and the genre-blurring jazz of guitarists like Egberto Gismonti and Ralph Towner. He studied the music of these and other visionaries, including the guitar works of Albeniz, Granados, and Villa-Lobos and the expansive orchestral sounds of composers such as Mahler, Delius, and Glazunov.
Peter also took up other instruments including mandolin, piano, cello, and trumpet. He became increasingly attracted to the improvisational approaches of great jazz musicians like Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny, and in addition to itinerant formal study at a number of music schools, he attained proficiency in the field of jazz guitar and improvisation.
Peter continued to compose and develop his guitar technique and entered a number of composition and guitar competitions. In 2007 he was a finalist at the Canadian Guitar Competition, and following that appearance he was offered a recording contract with Candyrat Records, an independent label that publishes guitar-based music from around the world. In 2008 Peter released “Music Without Words,” his first album of original solo guitar music; and in the years since, he has toured throughout the U.S. and shared the stage with musicians such as Ewan Dobson, Pino Forastiere, Antoine Dufour, Gareth Pearson, and Craig D’Andrea. In addition to a number of new works in progress, Peter released his second solo guitar album "Still Without Words" in spring 2016 and is planning subsequent performances and touring around the US.
The broad nature of his musical interests also extends into the realm of musical instrument design, research, and construction. Having studied guitarmaking with the highly regarded educator and innovator Charles Fox at the American School of Lutherie, Peter founded Ciluzzi Guitars in 2006, and in 2010 he was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Montreal Guitar Show. In addition to continuing work on various musical projects & recordings and giving performances around the U.S., he presently commissions and builds fine handcrafted instruments out of a workshop in Massachusetts.
Vermont-based folk duo Cricket Blue is inspired by diverse aspects of the American folk tradition: old and current, popular and obscure. Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith write songs marked by close-knit harmonies and words about myth, confusion, love, and the ends of things.
Heaberlin’s and Smith’s sometimes mingled, sometimes markedly contrasting imaginations form the bones of Cricket Blue's sound. Heaberlin’s perceptive lyrical voice elevates everyday mundanities and makes the sublime pocket-sized. Smith threads images and characters into narratives that flicker between enigmatic and nakedly honest. They count songwriters like Jeff Mangum, Joanna Newsom, Laura Marling, and Anaïs Mitchell among their influences, as well as poets and storytellers like Dylan Thomas, Alice Munro, and Angela Carter.
Heaberlin and Smith became friends at Middlebury College, where they studied philosophy and literature. Recently, they've shared the stage with such acts as Darlingside, the Stray Birds, and Antje Duvekot.
"Their songs on indecision, love and perseverance seem timeless." - Paste Magazine, "10 Vermont Bands You Should Listen To Now"
"Dovetailing harmonies and heart-melting melodies…this is indie folk with soul and intellect." - Dan Bolles, Seven Days
"Sends shivers down your spine." - Independent Music News
"You're lulled in by the sweetness of their melodies that are reminiscent of traditional Appalachian folk or literary indie rock like Andrew Bird and find yourself suddenly surprised by the epiphanies that their songs so often crescendo to." - Caroline Shea, B-Side
“Artists as skilled and astounding as Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith of Cricket Blue pass through only rarely. They possess rare wisdom and depth... your heart and mind will dance.” - Mark Sustic, founder, Young Tradition Vermont