Musician, Composer, Professor


Band Leader, Drummer, Composer

Pignato leads Bright Dog Red, an improvising collective celebrated for its “spirited and inspired jazz that skillfully weaves in elements of electronica and hip-hop” (Blue in Green Radio, United Kingdom). Bright Dog Red, described as “Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Digable Planets” (Paul Shulman) and “Electric Ahmad” (Don Lucoff), records for Ropeadope Records, the influential Philadelphia based label.

Working under the moniker u.joe, Pignato has recorded drum tracks for DJs, producers, MCs, and remix artists, including internationally renowned DJ M A N I K. His drumming features an “insane balance of minimal tactile grooves with massive improvisational freak-outs“ (The Bolg, Twin Cities). Gareth Dylan Smith, a London-based writer, aptly described Pignato’s drumming, “Swings like Bonham hugging Questlove.”

As a composer, Pignato’s work has been noted for its “intriguing” conceptual characteristics (Haaretz News Service) and “haunting” qualities (Charger Bulletin). His compositions have been premiered, performed, or exhibited as part of installations in North America, Europe, the Mid East, and beyond.

Recognized by Tape Op as a “musician, educator, and music business visionary,” Pignato regularly consults organizations in the areas of music, music technology, and music education. He has held management positions at leading music companies, including N2K Incorporated, BMG Classics, RCA Victor, ECM Records, CMP Records, and Latin Percussion.


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