Consiglio first picked up a guitar at age thirteen.
He went on to form legendary St. Louis bands, The Oozkicks
(who opened for Iggy Pop as high school sophomores) and A Perfect
Fit, one of the first all-original bands to crack the local
club scene influencing a generation of young St. Louis artists
including The Urge. John graduated from Webster University
in 1990 with a B.A. in audio engineering. He had courses there
with composer Tom Hamilton, composer Ken Stallings and video
artist Van McElwee.
John began studying music more systematically in the mid-nineties becoming
more and more interested in modern classical and experimental music.
He began composing modern classical pieces in 1998 and recording experimental
electronic pieces in 1999. His latest work is very exciting indeed encompassing
many of his main musical interests - chance, indeterminacy, improvisation,
noise, micro-tonality and simultaneity.
John is currently working on a series of pieces employing prepared-table-top
acoustic guitar, table-top electric guitar/feedback loop, short-wave
radio, found sound, etc. These austere but colorful pieces call to mind
the hushed sonorities of Anton Webern and Morton Feldman. On the other
hand there are moments of wild abandon that recall the work of John Cage
and Jimi Hendrix.
John has worked with musicians Dominic
Schaeffer, Pat Malecek, Jeff Herschel, Kristeen
Young, Chris Sauer, Angelo Ranzini, Joe Longi, Tom Meyer, Eric Svoboda
and New Music
Circle as well as video artists Van
McElwee, Roy Zurick and Zlatko
Cosic contributing music to Zlatko's short films, "Zone," "Touch," "Bulbs," and "Wings." John
has participated in Digital Circles and The
60 x 60 Music Project and he recently contributed music and sound
design to the play Closet
Land directed by Michelle Rebollo. John is currently playing in the
rock band Black
"A variety of experience comes together in Black
Market Peace" by Thomas Crone
St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 19, 2010