Full Name: Fredo Viola
Home: Woodstock, NY
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About Fredo Viola
Fredo was born in London, England and spent his first five years living in England and Rome. Family moved to New York, then Los Angeles, where he spent most of his adolescent years, singing professionally as a boy soprano and studying art once his voice changed. Moved back to NYC to attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Audio Visual Artist based in Woodstock, NY. He received much attention (and a twelve thousand dollar overage bill from Earthlink) after posting a video to the internet entitled "The Sad Song". The video had been produced using one hundred fifteen second jpeg movies created with his Nikon Coolpix 775 still camera.
Fredo Viola produces multi-layered vocal music using only his voice, with a range of other exotic live or electronic instruments and sound effects.
In 2004 Fredo Viola had a piece licensed for use in Jonathan Demme's film The Manchurian Candidate. In 2005 he had four songs licensed for use in Mike Binder's film Man About Town, for which he produced a second version of his "Sad Song" Video.
Also in 2005, Fredo Viola's video screened around the world in the Resfest, as well as debuting on MTV2 in the UK. In 2006 the video was prominently displayed as part of a show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art entitled "Replanted - Small Songs Unearthed While Weeding."
In 2006, Fredo Viola signed to the French/UK label "Because" and began work completing his first full-length album, scheduled for release in March of 2008.
in 2007, Fredo Viola's Sad Song was licensed for use twice on the O.C. and played in the second to the last two episodes prominently, during an earthquake sequence. The same song was licensed for use on CSI: Miami.
Also, in 2007, Fredo Viola's Sad Song was licensed or prominent use twice in Fred Durst's feature debut, The Education of Charlie Banks, for which Fredo also recorded backing vocals for the film's soundtrack.
On December 3rd, 2007 His Sad Song EP was released digitally and on vinyl in France.