Festival co-director Alex Pinto and his trio will be opening up the second night of the festival on Friday May 25th at 50 Mason Social House. Although Alex has been in the Bay Area only a short time, he has already made a name for himself as a young guitarist and composer to watch for. Trained in Hindustani classical music as well as jazz, Pinto has a distinctive, modern sound all of his own. His debut album, Inner State, was released last year to much critical acclaim.
I asked Alex the same questions he posed to all the other bands in the festival.
SFOFest - Tell us about your first gig.
AP - Our first gig was probably at Cafe Royale about a year ago, but we didn’t start feeling like a band until we opened for Kneebody in Nov 2011. We were all amped for that show and seems like after that we were just at another level.
SFOFest - If you could open for any band, past or present, who would it be?
AP - We would need a time machine, but opening for the following groups / people would be the ultimate experience: The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys, and sitarist Nikhil Banerjee.
SFOFest - If you’re on the road, who’s the driver, who’s the chef, who’s late leaving in the morning, who loses their cell phone etc?
AP – I’m driving. Shaun would probably want to drive, practice, and cook simultaneously, but he would be the best chef. He’s got fancy tastes when it comes to food and drinks. And we would be driving to find Scott.
SFOFest – What’s one thing you’re looking forward to about the SF Offside Festival?
AP – I’m looking forward to spending time hanging out and listening to some of my favorite musicians in the Bay Area.
SFOFest – Describe your band’s music in 15 words or less.
AP – Music without words blending modern jazz, Hindustani classical music, and the rock of our youth.