" 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 unbelievable 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 and some others, he declares that the big range of music styles inside his playing is the directed consequence of this variegated background.
Solo Artist with the AM Dandy & the Elements; Lead Guitar and Vocals for Thunderpets are at the moment his main projects. He produced at age 16 his first studio album "Invert Traditions" (NBD); on August 25th 2019 he released his first solo album "Secret Garden". On February 24th the Single "I Couldn't" (Tribute to Kobe & Gigi) was released, anticipating the release of the EP "Eramai" (April 24th) and a Live Album recorded in Boston with the Elements.
A Thunderpets' album and a second solo album with the Elements will be released between late Summer 2020 and the end of the year.
Many collaborations in studio, included Italian Pop Rock artists and young musicians around Boston and LA. Live experience as solo artist, with NBD and as a session man (Rustfield) 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.
- "Best Instrumental Performance" at Hollywood Music Awards (HMMA)
- "Jimi Hendrix Award" from Berklee College of Music (2019)
- "Global Music Award" 2019 (to "Eva's Song" and "Tu, Paradiso")
- "Best Rock Album" from Akademia of Los Angeles (2019)