Co.As.It. Italian Family History Group Sydney’ Presentation by Art Phillips with special guest Fabian Loschiavo. (FREE EVENT)

Co.As.It. Italian Family History Group Sydney’ Presentation by Art Phillips with special guest Fabian Loschiavo. (FREE EVENT)

WHEN: Saturday, 31 May 2014

TIME: D. (12.00pm to 1.00pm)

WHERE: Ryan’s Private Dining Room, Treasury Hotel 130 William Street, Brisbane, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane


During this FREE EVENT presented by Italian Week, Art Phillips (Arturo Di Filippo), Chairman of the Co.As.It. Italian Family History Group (IFHG), will present an hour seminar, along with research and archiving expert and past Committee member of the IFHG , Fabian Loschiavo, on how to search your family history effectively and create a family tree, which is crucial for your future generations. Fabian LoSchiavo  is of Aeolian descent and spent 31 years as an reference archivist in the public reading room of State Records NSW at The Rocks in Sydney. He is now retired.


FREE and on a FIRST COME BASIS. Seating is strictly limited


The mission of the ‘Co.As.It. Italian Family History Group’, a not-for-profit association, is to promote, develop, aid and assist those interested in tracing and recording details of their Italian ancestors, and to generally promote the passion of Italian culture.

Art Philips will speak about the mission, aims and objectives of the organisation, and give a short talk on his family history, being of Italian decent, born in America with Italian grandparents.  He will speak of his musical roots, stemming from his father and grandfather who were renowned musicians, a mandolinist and guitarist respectively.


Art Phillips grew up learning traditional instrumental music of Italy in his grandpa’s kitchen where food, family, love of life and the passion of music all came together.


The event will include solo guitar performances of traditional Italian music by Art Phillips, who is a renowned guitarist and music composer, being a selection of music from his recent CD release Chitarre Acustiche d’Italia – a tribute CD to his father and grandfather, music that will transport you into the heart and soul of Italy. 


Art is a two-time EMMY winner, APRA award winner and composer for a myriad of TV series and movies both in Australia and the USA.  Beginning his music career in the early 70s as a guitarist in Los Angeles, Art made a name for himself as one of LA’s top session guitarists, working and performing with Barry Manilow, Minnie Riperton, Demis Roussos, The Carpenters, Smokey Robinson, Dory Previn, Burl Ives and The Lettermen, to name a few.

Arts’ composition credits include the original background music for the US television series Santa Barbara, he penned the R&B single ‘Here We Go’ for Minnie Riperton and the Motown Record release ‘Now That I Have You’ for recording artist Teena Marie. The list of Australian-made TV shows and films he’s scored original music for is endless: Channel Nine's Missing Persons Unit, ABC’s The Flying Vet and Outback House, SBS documentary Dead Tired, Made in China, The Secret Lives of Sleepwalkers, Neighbours and the 13 part television series and telemovie The Lost Treasure of Fiji.


His work as composer for production music libraries has been extensive and those compositions are used in television shows throughout the world including 60 Minutes, Cold Case Files, The Dog Whisperer, E True Hollywood Story, America’s Most Wanted, Current Affair (US), Celebrity Profile, NYPD Blue, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Survivor, The Ricki Lake Show, Good Morning America, Amazing Medical Stories, Harry’s Practice, The Great Outdoors, Extra-The Entertainment Magazine Show and The USA Today Show.


Art was the past President of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (2001-2008), and is a councillor for the Music Council of Australia representing ‘Music in Film and Television’.


His CD release, Chitarre Acustiche d’Italia  (Acoustic Guitars Of Italy) can be purchased at the seminar or on-line at:

Arts’ complete background can be referenced at:

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