James Rotondi

New York musician, actor, journalist and critic

James Rotondi is a New York musician, actor, journalist and critic; he's the former Editor-in-Chief of Future Music magazine, and his interviews and essays have appeared in Spin, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Mojo, and The Boston Phoenix, among others.

As a musician, he has played with the rock groups Mr. Bungle, the French band Air, jazz-hop pioneers the Grassy Knoll, and NYC band The Cringe. He also sings, plays and composes for albums and television; Rotondi’s debut solo album, “Summer Home,” under his artist alias "Roto," is currently available on iTunes,,, and other digital outlets, on Volumnia Recordings. His band Roto's Magic Act combines onstage magic with original rock music in the spirit of David Bowie, Gram Parsons and XTC.

Raised in a political family, Rotondi is the grandson of three-term Massachusetts governor and former Ambassador to Italy, John A. Volpe. He has lived in Paris, Rome, San Francisco, and Boston, and currently rocks out and rabble-rouses in New York City, where he plays soccer a few times a week with guys much faster and younger than himself.