Frankie DiDonato

is an artist with a wide range of Influences.
From Beethoven to Bob Dylan, from Jazz to Electronica

He is a composer and performs on a variety of instruments and styles

He thrives in traditional as well as avant-garde settings.

He has studied: composition with Howard Meltzer, jazz guitar with Randy Johnston and world percussion with John Hadfeild.

He is a distinguished graduate of New York University; Music Education.

He has created over twenty arts and education programs and live theatrical shows,
many of which have been performed internationally.

He is also the author of a children”s book to support musical literacy entitled; “King Rhythm & the Good Knights of Beat”

Frankie scores film, dance and multi media shows. He enjoys collaborating with other directors, choreographers and artists.

Frankie DiDonato

As a leader he currently is the composer and director for:

  • The New Illuminati Chamber Ensemble
  • the edgy rock – electronica band Blade Runnner.
  • previously leader “Nova Columbo” rock n world band.
  • Former Music Director iSchool of Music

Chamber Ensemble

The New Illuminati Chamber Ensemble

An acoustic five piece ensemble dedicated to performing the music of DiDonato and its other members. Its mission is to keep the aesthetic excellence and traditions of classical music within contemporary composition and performance.

The material is often inspired by nature and mythology and compositions often celebrate achievements in literature and all art forms.

Agnes Nagy, Harold Gutierrez, David Swanson,
Adrian Gutierrez, Zachary King, Valerie Nozzollo,
Georgi Lekov & Frankie DiDonato


Everest Rising is a journey that strives to both transmit the emotions of physically ascending the tallest mountain on earth as well as referencing all of the poetic metaphors that conquering a mountain represent.

Listen Everest Rising Tracks 1-7
Purchase Everest Rising

Everest Rising The Film

This production is available in audio and also a one hour VIDEO presentation that incorporates documentary commentary on ‘Bon’, the ancient spirituality of the mountain as well as historical accounts of the first documented ascent to the summit, behind the scene ensemble rehearsals and the live recording of the piece in its entirety. The recording footage is mixed with dramatic footage of ascending the mountain.




Commisioned by Jewels of Buddah Shops

DiDonato’s interpretation of the seven spiritual and physical chakra’s .
Each begins with a peddle tone associated with it from its eastern tradition. Descending from space or ascending from the Earth each chakra grows from the single tone into a rich composition. Inspired by the east, the music purposely relies heavily on western chamber traditions as well, creating an exciting and unique vision of the theme.
Chakra Sonata was a commissioned piece by Sonam and the “Jewels of Buddha” Tibetan crafts shop in NYC. 
We greatly appreciate their support.


Chamber Ensemble

Chakra One – Mans Roots in the Earth

Chakra 2 – Earthy Pleasures from with artwork by Hieronymus Bosch.

Single Releases

Broken Bird

inspiration from Russian violinist Liza Fediukova

Broken Bird

How Much I Love You

Featuring Georgi Lekov, Agnes Nagy and Valerie Nuzzolo

Dedicated to Ekateria & Antonio DiDonato


Text by Walt Whitman from Song of Myself – Featuring Valerie Nuzzolo; clarinet

Composed material awaiting production. Looking for sponsors for these dynamic and exciting pieces in 2023.

These two pieces are completed compositions and await sponsors to help produce them as recording and live acoustic productions. If you enjoy these pieces find out about becoming a producer and member of the new illuminati on the support page.

The  Impressionists

A tribute to the painters of the impressionist movement in 1870’s Paris France. “Pissarro, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Manet, Cezzane and Morisot were sharing and working together. They formed a group much like a musical ensemble. “The belief in each other while the world at first mocked them is awe inspiring” . This piece attempts to act as a tone poem for the groups trials and tribulations from 1860 to 1873.

Movements I -IV with high quality midi instruments playing the piece


A tribute to the great American writer Kurt Vonnegut.

The piece flows like a collection of Vonnegut short stories. From small town college graduation to colonies in outer space, from lovers in a meadow to brothers on a battlefield. Emotions weave as”Vonnegut” relies heavily on jazz as well classical styles.

Watch the video with high quality midi instruments playing the piece

Watch the video with high quality midi instruments playing the piece

Blade Runner

Blade Runner is DiDonato’s musical alter- ego. Trapped in world of technology and robotics he employs that same technology to make a human connection. A ferocious paradox to his acoustic music; however, you will recognize the composition style. This first album makes direct reference to the classic films themes; technology and AI’s

Blade Runner is DiDonato , Greg Sachs, Kornelia Rad , Tom Chess & Michael Eaton


Blade Runner 2022 – COSMIC RELIGION

Blade Runner 2022 is another high energy kinetic album with a cerebral side. Cosmic Religion is inspired by the Albert Einstein essays of the same name. Quotes by and spoken word Albert Einstein , Carl Sagan and George Orwell can be heard. The state of the world on a look towards space are the themes and drive this high octane 2nd album from Blade Runner.

Listen : BLADE RUNNER 2022

Last Years Album


Blade Runner 2021 is the debut album of the group and was created and released during the latest pandemic. The music is is congruent with this dysotopian theme. Reflecting power, fear, frustration and hope, its very digital /acoustic format expresses the musical question: Who is in charge ?






“The student already has everything they need inside them.  Being a good educator is helping them unlock it. Sometimes you use a key …sometimes it takes explosives! ”

An arts teacher is part psychologist, part cheerleader and part drill sergeant… Now the real trick is the balancing act “


The Kingdom – Eve Gilbert Artwork

DiDonato has written a wonderful children’s book to promote music literacy. King Rhythm and the Good Nights of Beat takes place in the magical kingdom of King Rhythm. The reader takes a journey through the kingdom with Sir Quarter Note and meets all the other characters in the kingdom, all of which are rhythmic values.

King rhythm – Eve Gilbert Artwork

Watch an animated episode of King Rhythm

Episode 4

To use King Rhythm in your classroom contact Frankie on the “support” page

Gratitude & Support

Thank you so much for visiting Frankie DiDonato
I hope you will sign in and visit often.

If you would like to utilize DiDonato compositions in any capacity please do not hesitate to do so through the site ‘feedback’.

Collaboration with a variety of artists is very welcome and appreciated

If you would like to help the New Illuminati Chamber Ensemble.
produce a piece there are great ways to do so.

You can produce and existing piece for : Performance or Recording

You can create a theme, dedication and commission and entirely new piece to be created and composed for generations to come.

To Commemorate, Celebrate or distinguish an event or individual whether personal or universal. This was indeed the genesis of many great compositions but one need not be an aristocrat any longer. Please contact Frankie DiDonato on this site or direct:

frankiedidonato at yahoo dot com

Commissions of an entire piece are fun and surprisingly affordable

Donate any amount to fund rehearsals, performances or recordings

All contributions go directly into production cost / not for profit.