Vincenzo (James) Iafrati is of Italian & Welsh heritage. He was raised in Florence, Italy and Paris, France.
This early influence of art, music and culture developed his passion, and love of the arts. His parents provided Music lessons,and Art culture. His musical and artistic ability became evident at Saint Martin High School, where he studied Music and the Art of Calligraphy.
He received a music scholarship to Pacific Lutheran University and finished degrees in instrumental and vocal music. He received his Masters Degree and studied at the Eastman School in Rochester, New York. His composition teacher was Rayburn Wright, who was with NBC for over 25 years.
This was the beginning of his arranging and orchestration career.
Vincenzo is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammys). He is a Founding Member and served as first President and Governor of the Northwest Chapter of NARAS. He is also a voting member of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Latin Grammys).
He has performed with Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Earth Wind & Fire, George Benson, Sting, Shania Twain, Jonathon Butler, Tony Bennett, Dave Koz, Peter White & Michael Buble. He has worked with The Boston, Seattle and Portland Symphony's, and featured his group Absolut Jazz at Carnegie Hall.
He has written arrangements and orchestrations for years. He has worked with James Horner, Ken Burns & Michael Kamen. He is now focusing on original film and documentary compositions.
Vincenzo is the official guest artist Pianist at The Golden View Ristorante in Florence, Italy, located next to the Ponte Vecchio.
He is in the final stages of his "Symphony No.2 opus 14."
He is also working with professional athletes and composing original music for their work outs, based on 120-146 bpm, targeting cardio, rapid weight lifting and stamina based on key tonalities. His latest project is "Flight" which is Vincenzo on keyboards with Smooth Jazz & Bossa Nova. This is designed for resorts & wineries.
Recognized as one of the most talented and gifted arts educators in the United States, he is in demand as a guest speaker and clinician.
His students have received National and International acclaim and awards. He was chosen by Disney to be the music education consultant for the movie "Mr. Holland's Opus," featuring Richard Dreyfuss. His music students were used in the motion picture. He was also chosen by the Governor of the Great State of Washington to Tour Japan with an all-star Jazz Big Band as the Leader & Speaker for the Centennial Celebration.
His Art background is just as extensive from originals to prints.
His first medium was watercolor. He quickly moved to mixed medium and began original abstracts with the creative use of texture and color. "Arts Integration" is part of his goal, juxtaposing music manuscript in relation to space, sound and light. His use of original musical compositions interplayed with abstract art is considered totally original and unique. As many critics have commented it is "Truly Music Art." His Art has been accepted Worldwide with his extensive client list includes many notable musicians, entertainers, and politicians as collectors.