Mowgli Giannitti is an active and diverse artist, trained in jazz and classical practice and theory, currently working with musicians whose careers span the globe and industry, and engaged in an extreme range of styles and sounds including Opera, Jazz, Jam Rock, Contemporary Classical, Folk, Funk, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Latin, and Free Jazz. Mowgli attended Bennington College with a focus in contemporary composition, jazz bass, and classical voice, where he studied under Allen Shawn, Kitty Brazelton, Michael Bisio, Bruce Williamson, Nick Brooke, and Thomas Bogdan. He has since pursued further studies under composer/author W.A. Matthieu.
As a composer, Mowgli has collaborated professionally with dancers, choreographers, actors, and directors as well as dedicated concert ensembles, including choreographer Souleymane Badolo, Drop Forge Theatre, director Jean Randich, members of the Taconic String Quartet, and the Sage City Symphony. As a bassist, Mowgli has worked and recorded alongside award-winning artists such as Amir Milstein, Bertram Lehmann, and Edmar Colon. As a vocalist, he has worked under composer Kitty Brazelton as a lead role in her developing opera, The Art of Memory - funded by a grant from American Opera Co. NYC - and has worked briefly but busily in San Francisco under music directors David Montgomery, April McNeely, and Tim Salaver as soloist, section leader, and quartet member.
Mowgli currently performs primarily in the northeastern United States as a bassist/vocalist in the bands The Melting Nomads, The Terrible Mountain String Band, Satyrdagg, The Heavy Nettles, and as a solo artist, but can often be found as a substitute for just about anything. He is currently working on a soon-to-be-released EP of original songs, performed by Satyrdagg, a slew of jazz and folk arrangements, and a long-form composition for strings, horns, SATB, and rhythm section titled Visarjana.