Vincenzo “Viz” Maurogiovanni is a seven-string and fretless bass player and drummer, born in Bari, Italy in October 1976. He has performed with: John Stowell, Guthrie Govan, John Maida, Phil Maturano, Tuck and Patti, Michele Campobasso, Giovanni Giorgi, Pierluigi Villani, Alessandro Napolitano, Rocco Zifarelli, Tony Esposito, Luca Aquino, Fabio Rogoli, Roberto Cati, Daniele Chiantese, Marco Contardi, Fabio Meridiani and many others.
Viz has released two solo albums: “Alfa Omega” (2006) and “Tempus Fugit” (2010, with guests Rocco Zifarelli, Giovanni Giorgi, Michele Campobasso and Pierluigi Villani). His upcoming new album also features Campobasso as well as John Stowell and Alessandro Napolitano.
His many performances have included the NAMM Show, California, Bass Electric Rome, Riverberi International Festival (Benevento), Your Sound, Sileno South Contest, Marigliano in Jazz Festival, Andria Jazz Festival, Beat Onto Jazz Festival, Music Italy Show (Bologna), VDP International Music Festival, Faggiano Jazz Festival, Festival città dei tre colli (Montemesola, TA), and the Zagreb Guitar Show.
In 2007 he won the Euro Bass Day international bass contest in Viersen, Germany. In 2010, he won first prize as “Best European Rising Bass Player” at the Bassmaster International Contest in Zagreb, Croatia.
He has also been featured as “Low achiever of the week” on the For Bass Players Only website, and Bassist of the Month on Bass Players United.
Viz has taught at the Francisco Tarrega Music Academy (Talsano, Italy), Saint Louis College of Music (Brindisi, Italy), and the Accademia Musicale Lucana (Potenza, Italy), and gives master classes at many other music schools. He authored an educational DVD entitled “Musica, istruzioni per l’uso.”
“The Little Mark Tube 800 head is very powerful, with a versatile EQ,” says Vincenzo. “The double option of solid state/tube preamp sounds expands the timbre option. Also, it’s very easy to transport: an essential detail for those who travel often J. The 2x10 Traveler 102P cabs put out impressive volume, a very consistent low-end presence, and fast attack—and they respond very well to the wide and sudden dynamics I subject them to with the various instruments I use… I’m more than satisfied!!! Thanks Markbass.”
Vincenzo 'Viz' Maurogiovanni is an accomplished extended-range bassist and music educator who has released several solo albums and worked with John Stowell, Guthrie Govan, John Maida, Phil Maturano and Tuck and Patti.