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We welcome Dmitry Lisenko , a bass player from Latvia, became known for his unique sound and innovative approach of acoustic bass playing, as a new member of Gallistrings family.

He have mastered percussive fingerstyle technique, playing simultaneously rhythm, bass and melody.

He is performing solo and in a bass & vocal project "Karmafree", also work as a session player and a bass tutor.

Dmitry is a member of "Bass Player United" society, was appeared at festivals like the London Bass Guitar Show, Bass Day St. Petersbourg, Bazzday 2016 in Moscow and Warwick Bass Camp.

His work has been published by Ultimate Guitar, Candyrat Label Records, Ibassmag, NoTreble, Bass The World , Bass Guitar Magazine and many others.

In 2015 he won Russian Bass players competition and since then was appearing at many Bass Day's and bass related events.

We are proud to announce that Simona Grasso has joined the Gallistrings family.

Simona was born in Varese in 1980, a small city in northern Italy.  In his home, music was ever-­present thanks to the radio and the hundreds of records she listened, ranging from pop, rock to Italian music classics.

After several years spent playing in rock cover bands, Paolo Anessi asked her to play together.

The duo with Paolo is a musical journey that is still going on today. In 2012 they realized their first album “Sacro e Profano”: an artistic project made of voice and two guitars where very well-­known Italian melodies are mixed with American jazz songs. The album took them on a long tour of Italy with concerts, events and workshops.

Besides the concerts with Paolo Anessi, Simona in involved in a teaching method for guitar accompaniment for singers, which will be soon published by Music Sales/Carisch. 



Martin Engelien, internationally acclaimed bassist, musician and producer, has joined the Gallistrings family.

At the age of ten, his lips touched the mouthpiece of a recorder for the first time. This was the initial spark, and probably the most valuable asset, which gave his high school to Martin Engelien. His parents bought him an organ, and at the age of thirteen, a well-meaning neighbour gave him an acoustic guitar. Then he got a bass. At the age of fifteen, Martin Engelien already took a well-known name. He was overwhelmed by inquiries, he became a member of a jazz band at the age of seventeen with his contrabass, while at the age of twenty he passed the Abitur along the way with more than 300 hours of absence on his school certificate. The phrase "hours of absence" meant ironically that he had filled every single one of these hours with intense music.

In 1978 he was on tour with Toto Blanke. Back in Germany he dropped out of university and went to the finance department to declare himself as an independent musician. From this moment on, the musical career ran on steam. In the same year, he released his first album "Noctett" and toured through Europe and the world with jazz musicians such as Charlie Mariano, Joachim Kühn and Toto Blanke. Finally he came back to his roots, the rock, with "Peter Busch und die Bröselmaschine" in 1980.

Three years later, together with Klaus Lage, Wolf Simon and Rocco Klein, he founded the legendary "Klaus Lage Band", which was completed on the keyboard with Göran Walger. With their first hit "1000 and 1 night" they owned the first place in the charts for eleven weeks. Since 1987, Martin Engelien has played not only the bass but also produced the band, of which he was a member for 20 years. As a producer, he also recorded the most successful solo album by the jazz giant Albert Mangelsdorff in 1988. At the turn of the century, Martin Engelien founded his own music publishing house "Flower Town Music", his label "A1 Records" and the "Go Music Studio".

Another spark came to Martin Engelien backstage at "Wetten Dass ???" in 1996 when he developed the concept of his successful monthly concert series "Go Music", in which up to now more than 300 national and internationally renowned musicians have been present. He is also involved in various important developments in the music industry. In addition to co-operation with many such as ENGL, Ampeg, Trace Elliott and many more, he gave important input to Warwick for eleven years, delivered the founding idea for the German bass manufacturer Green Audio and was selected by Luigi Colani as an expert on the construction of the "Colani Upright Bass".

Martin Engelien passed many other musical stations, immortalized his knowledge in a bass textbook and regularly writes columns in the bass magazine "Bass Quarterly".

Frank Marino has joined the world of www.gallistrings.com !!

Bassist and composer, he studied at the Conservatory of State '' Stanislao Giacomantonio'' in Cosenza, professor at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Nocera Terinese.

He has collaborated with different musicians of national and international reputation; Amit Chattereeji, Flavio Boltro, Peter Degirolamo, Walter Sitz Israel Varela, Alan Parsons, Eric Daniel, Robetinho De Paula, Power Trio, Egidio Ventura Eos, Antonio Onorato, Tullio De piscopo, Jo Amoruso, Ernesto Vitolo, Stefano Debonis, Christian Micallef, Alfredo Bochicchio, Roberto Polito, Stefano Cenci, Claudio Tripe, Donato Sensini, Leonardo Delorenzo, Sergio Di Natale, Serafino, Lorenzo Livraghi, Jack Tama, Marcello Surace, Umberto Napolitano.

Discography: EOS, Alliance (Amit Chatterjee), Contamination &friends(Power Trio).

We welcome Roberto Di Virgilio, a professional guitarist since 1987, as a new member of Gallistrings family. 

Guitarist professional since 1987, he studied at Testaccio in Rome, and then perfected by following the lessons with Scott Henderson, Joe Diorio, Mike Stern and John Scofield.

It plays in the Italian pop scene and in parallel with other funk and blues projects, working as a session musician live, in the studio recording and as an arranger. It has  30 live Tours with Italian and international artists and more than 1000 concerts.

He has collaborated with Michele Zarrillo for 14 years on tour and in the studio, playing on L'alfabeto degli amanti, Liberosentire, Le occasioni dell'amore, Zarrillo live in Rome, Nel tempo e nell'amore.

With guitarist Dodi Battaglia  on tour in 2015, and with the greatest fingerstyle guitarist in the world Tommy Emmanuel.  In tour in Italy and Europe,and in the show of Giorgio Panariello: Panariello non esiste (2012) and In mezzo a voi (2013).

With  singer of the Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Francesco Di Giacomo, with the Roman singer-songwriter The Niro, is currently on tour with Ron one of the most important Italian songwriters.

For three years he has worked with trumpet player Michael Patches Stewart (Al Jarreau, Earth Wind & Fire ,Marcus Miller, Quincy Jones etc.) That with bassist Enrico Bevilacqua  form a Funk band which led him to perform in Italy abroad together with the greatest musicians of black music such as: Keyth Anderson (Prince, Stevie Wonder), Nathan Allen (Amy Winehouse) Derrick Mckenzie (Jamiroquay), Poogie Bell (Miles Davis, Marcus Miller).

He has developed numerous other interests in tour in the studio and on television with a number of other Italian artists.

Is actually  rock/blues guitar teacher at the Academies Lizard of Pescara and Porto S. Elpidio.