Guitarist, Composer, and teacher Donato Soviero has been performing in and around the Washington DC area for thirty years. Noted for his superb artistry as a guitarist and composer, Donato’s roots are firmly planted in the tradition of mainstream jazz, but his scope of musical interest is wide. Donato has appeared with top local and national artists, as well as leading many of his own groups in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.
In the early 90’s, his group Decisiones highlighted his composing and arranging skills in a Latin-Jazz vein. He’s opened for Poncho Sanchez and Tito Puente, and has appeared with national artists at Wolftrap, the D.C. Convention Center, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, and RFK Stadium and performed at numerous Jazz festivals. He’s played for Presidents and at the State Department for the Thelonious Monk Institute.
Recordings include a self-titled CD, several features as sideman and CD tribute to Charlie Byrd entitled “Classical Jazz.” One of his most recent projects has been a modern jazz group called the MARS 4-Tet (mars4-tet.com) which has recorded its debut release, The Blind Watchmaker.
“His beautiful phrasing and impressive improvising took me aback…He’s one of those real surprises.” –Tom Cole, host of WPFW’S ‘G STRINGS’