Fabio Golfetti

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Fabio Golfetti
Fabio Golfetti 2007.jpg
Golfetti in 2007
Background information
Born (1960-04-10) April 10, 1960 (age 59)
São Paulo, Brazil
GenresProgressive rock, post-punk, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, producer[1]
InstrumentsElectric guitar, vocals
Years active1978–present
LabelsWop-Bop Records, RCA Records, Ariola Records, Voiceprint Records
Associated actsVioleta de Outono
The Invisible Opera Company (Tropical Version Brazil)
Angel's Breath

Fabio Golfetti (born April 10, 1960) is a Brazilian musician and record producer, famous for his work with progressive/psychedelic rock band Violeta de Outono. He is also the guitarist of Franco-British rock band Gong since 2012.


Fabio Golfetti was born in São Paulo in 1960. He grew up listening to Pink Floyd, Gong, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones (with their 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request being one of his favorite releases by them), and as a teenager he learned how to play both the classical and the electric guitar, quoting Daevid Allen, Syd Barrett, Terje Rypdal and Manuel Göttsching as some of his major influences.[2] In 1978 he founded Lux, his first band. Lux later became Ultimato in 1981, an instrumental punk jazz/no wave band with the arrival of drummer Cláudio Souza, and later came to be named Zero in 1983, with the entrance of vocalist Guilherme Isnard (Voluntários da Pátria). With Zero, he took part in the recording of the single "Heróis".[3]

In 1985, Golfetti and Souza left Zero and formed alongside Angelo Pastorello the influential psychedelic rock band Violeta de Outono. As of 2016 Violeta de Outono has released 7 studio albums, 2 EPs, 4 videos and 2 live albums.

In 1988 he formed a side project to Violeta de Outono, called The Invisible Opera Company (Tropical Version Brazil); heavily inspired by the aesthetics of Daevid Allen, it has released four albums as of yet.[4]

In 2006 he appeared at the Gong Unconvention 2006 in Amsterdam with The Glissando Guitar Orchestræ. The Seven Drones (At Gong Uncon '06), a live album recording his performance at the event, was released in 2008.

Golfetti is a full-time member of Gong since 2012; he previously toured with them in 2007, during a brief series of concerts in São Paulo, as a member of their "Gong Global Family" project. A live album of the concert was released in 2009. I See You, Gong's first studio album with him as an official member of the band, was released on November 10, 2014.[5]

In 2015 he collaborated with fellow Gong bandmember Dave Sturt on his second solo album, Dreams and Absurdities.


With Violeta de Outono[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Violeta de Outono#Discography

With The Invisible Opera Company (Tropical Version Brazil)[edit]

  • 1991: The Eternal Voice
  • 1993: Glissando Spirit
  • 1996: Cosmic Dance Co.
  • 2010: UFO Planante

With Zero[edit]

With Gong[edit]

With Dave Sturt[edit]

  • 2015: Dreams and Absurdities

Other works[edit]


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