Ari Giancaterino is a professional bassist, composer and educator. He has received a Master’s degree in Jazz Bass Performance from California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies (Upright Bass) from the University of Southern California. Ari has performed with various artists across the Los Angeles and the world. Drawing inspiration jazz, funk, rock, and diverse world musics, he has created a unique style unto his own. Ari has also been actively present on the world music scene in Los Angeles. As both a bandleader and composer, Ari has composed for and recorded on multiple albums including his albums of all-original compositions. Giancaterino is a winner of the Angel City Young Artists Jazz Competition (as part of the Will Kjeer Trio) , headlining the Angel City Jazz Festival (Los Angeles), receiving the Angel City Featured Artist 1st Place UCSD Jazz Scholarship , and being selected as a Jazz Fellow for the esteemed Ravinia Festival (IL) . In addition to LAMusArt Ari is currently music faculty at the California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS) and College of the Canyons.
In addition to his experience in higher education, Ari has had a rapidly developing career in early childhood education. Through his work at the California Institute of the Arts CAP Program and the Saturday conservatory, Ari has taught students as young as kindergarten musical subjects such as rhythmic development and group singing/instrumental performance. Through his outreach work, he has been honored to work with young students of all backgrounds and learning styles.
For Ari, working with young children has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his career. Giving students the tools necessary to express themselves, not just as future musicians and artists, but as developing adults, is at the center of his philosophy. “Every opportunity to work with a child and introduce them to music is an incredible honor!”