I am a theoretical physicist and musician based in Helsinki (Finland), originally from the Alpine region (Turin, Italy). My Ph.D. thesis focused on particle cosmology, in particular on supergravity and supersymmetric dark matter, from which the name “Dark Matter Guitar”.
I am affiliated with the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), Estonia, working on theoretical models for energy efficient buildings, applications of heat transfer, thermomechanical phenomena in soft matter, cosmological applications of Particle Physics, phenomenology of Supergravity and supersymmetric Dark Matter. Here are some of my papers: researchgate.net.
I play the electric guitar and the electric bass (both fretted and fretless) in a variety of genres, regarding them as very different (though related) instruments.
Guitar influences: mostly rock and fusion, especially Al Di Meola, Allan Holdsworth and George Lynch, EVH and Nuno Bettencourt, Paul Gilbert and countless others.
I started in 1994, playing mostly progressive and thrash metal (e.g. lead guitar in a Testament cover band), then I started studying fusion and joined avant-garde/ambient music collaborations. I performed also in industrial metal (opening for the band HIM at the Helldone festival 2013).
On bass I play from blues to pop to fusion to metal; influences range from Geezer Butler and Geddy Lee to Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Rocco Prestia, Marcus Miller and many, many others. I am very much into Jaco and especially into fingerstyle funk.
I started in 2008, playing in an Opeth tribute band. Progressive rock and metal, blues sessions and power metal then followed. I even played post punk for a year, nice minitours around Europe.
Always looking for new collaboration as guitarist, bassist and songwriter (for concerts and/or recordings). You can find some tracks at my Soundcloud. I also teach electric guitar, both in Helsinki and via Skype. Feel free to contact me at andrea.ferrantelli(at)gmail.com.
Whether I am playing progressive metal, rock, classical or fusion, I adapt to the music genre, still maintaining my own style: “You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or can crash. Be water, my friend.“ (Bruce Lee)