As a child growing up in Rochester, NY, Bobb Fantauzzo
appeared to have limited musical ability: he was kicked
out of band in elementary school for "keeping time by
tapping with both feet" and his piano teacher quit
following a recital in which "it sounded like Bobb was
playing the music upside down".
Although he felt a need to create music for several
years, Bobb didn't find the "right" instrument to do so
until almost 40 years later when he was seduced by the
sound of the Native American style flute in 1998. Learning
to play by emulating what he heard on recordings, Bobb
soon realized that while he appreciated the "canyon" sound
often heard on the flute, it was not the music he felt. It
was not the music he wanted to express. It was not his
Encouraged by R. Carlos Nakai during a workshop in 1999,
Bobb started to explore his potential on the flute and
began his journey of developing his personal voice:
blending the soul of the Native American style flute with
the spirit of jazz - attempting to bring the flute out of
the canyon and into the club.
Bobb began performing in public after moving to
Minneapolis, MN from State College, PA in 2001 and
released his first CD (Sirocco - Winds of Passion) in late
2003. In 2005 he was showcased by the New Folk Collective
as one of four New Artists and was selected as one of the
Rising Stars to be showcased at the Zion Canyon Flute
Festival in 2007.
In addition to performing as a soloist and with his
groups (JazZen and The 3B Three), Bobb has been a member
of SemiConductor Orchestra (a "conducted" improvisational
orchestra), Rhizosphere (a "free" improvisation ensemble),
The Intangibles (a folk-rock band) and Sonoglyph
(improvisation with poets).
He still taps both feet when he plays.