" It is a gift to listen to you playing guitar"
Daniel Flors (Berklee Guitar Faculty)
Alessandro "AM Dandy" Meynardi is an Italian guitarist and composer based in Boston (MA), USA.
He was born in Mondovì, a small village in North West Italy.
At nine years old he picked up his first guitar, after piano and cello, but he started his music instruction at the Conservatory "Ghedini" (Cuneo) and the Academy of Modern Music in Turin few years later.
He graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Some of his notable mentors and inspirations have been Mick Goodrick; Daniele Gottardo; Bobby Stanton; Jim Kelly; David Tronzo; Tim Miller; Gianluca Ferro; Luca Allievi and Marco Roagna.
Strongly influenced by iconic artists such as Steve Vai; Frank Zappa; Pat Metheny; Guthrie Govan; Joe Satriani, Santana and some others. The big range of music styles characterizing his playing is the directed consequence of this variegated background.
Solo Artist with the AM Dandy & the Elements and AM Dandy; Lead Guitar and Lead Vocals for Thunderpetz are at the moment his main projects.
Many collaborations in studio, included Italian Pop, Rock, Fusion artists and around Boston and LA. Live experience as solo artist, as Band Leader for NBD and as session man all around Europe, Japan and USA, also opening from international artists (Planet Funk in 2012; Steve Vai 2012-2013; Fates Warning 2014; Arti&Mestieri 2015-2016).
Between 2018 and 2019 he collaborated as Lead Guitarist and Band Director with Berklee College of Music for a big project consisting in a memorial video live performance in honour of the Great Frank Zappa, available on the Official Berklee Youtube Page.
- "Exceptional Instrumental Performance" at Hollywood Music Awards (HMMA 2020/2021)
- "Best Instrumental Performance" at Hollywood Music Awards (HMMA 2019)
- "Jimi Hendrix Award" from Berklee College of Music (2019)
- "Global Music Award" 2019 (to "Eva's Song" and "Tu, Paradiso")