Labriola has been playing piano for as long as he can
remember. He likes to say that he pursued a music career
simply because it was the path of least resistance.
Born in Manhattan he began formal classical study at
the age of four- appearing on radio by the age of ten.
After several years of intensive study he abandoned
music to make time for a normal adolescence.
It wasn't until later, as an exchange student in London,
that he rediscovered the passion of musical performance
in the West End jazz scene. He soon set off to master
the art of improvisation. After graduating from Amherst
College, he moved to New York City to study with noted
jazz players Walter Bishop Jr., Hal Galper, Lou Stein,
and Andy Laverne. Nights were spent taking courses in
composition at the Manhattan School of Music and the
Mannes School of Music.
Soon Art was touring Europe and Asia as a pianist, keyboard
player and musical director-- most notably with The
Deep River Boys, an African American singing trio performing
forgotten spirituals and obscure jazz pieces. He also
toured extensively with The Elliot Murphy Band.
He eventually discovered the recording studio and began
and continues his career in film scoring, commercial
recording and record production. In that time Art has
won a Grammy, an Emmy and a Clio award. He has worked
with noted documentary film directors including Barbara
Kopple, Joe Lovett, Rob Fruchtman, Lisa Jackson and
Civia Tamarkin. For many years Art worked and collaborated
with Tom Pomposello with whom he also toured and co-created
the group Oil Can.
Today he continues to perform, compose and produce music
in his studio located in the scenic Hudson Valley of
New York. He created the CD "Winter Day" playing
piano while gazing out his window at the white winter
landscape. He has also released a Christmas album of
familiar songs played in the same contemplative spirit
as “Winter Day”.
For Art, music has no end to its discovery. It is the
pursuit of this discovery that pushes him forward --
to create new musical directions for himself and his