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Emanuele Grafitti in concert. Acoustic fingerstyle guitar.
Friday 16th of February 2018 at 9.30pm
SIX BARS JAIL c/o Circolo ARCI SMS Serpiolle
ticket 10 euro
Emanuele Grafitti was born in Trieste on March 10th, 1992. In 2012, he took a Diploma in Classical Guitar from the G. Tartini Conservatory of Trieste, and in 2015 obtained a Postgrad in Jazz with top marks. Since a very young age he has taken part in various international competitions of classical music and jazz. In 2009, he won the “Franco Russo” prize at the international festival TriesteLovesJazz, as best emerging talent in jazz. In 2010, he won the international competition “Porsche Live. Giovani e Jazz”. On this occasion he was given his award by Lucio Dalla, and had the honour of sharing the stage with him for an impromptu blues.
Over the years he has released several albums including Travellin’ (BlueSerge), Zen Garden (Caligola Records) and Start from Scratch (Birdland Sound), all featuring original compositions. His love for the steel-string acoustic was born in 2008 when he attended a course with the master of fingerstyle guitar Franco Morone. At the end of 2015, he started studying and working with Stefano Barone who decided to record and produce his new album Emanuele Graffiti, containing ten original compositions for solo guitar.
In the summer of 2016 he won the competition “ADGPA Prize for Best Emerging Guitarist“, the prize being participation in Europe’s leading guitar festival at Issoudun in France. He has performed at several national and international festivals dedicated to the guitar including the Baška Guitar Festival (Croatia), Festival de la Guitare d’Issoudun (France), Madame Guitar, Un Paese a Sei Corde, ADGPA International Rendezvous, and TriesteLovesJazz, frequently as an opening act for such luminaries of the acoustic field as Duck Baker, Muriel Anderson and Don Ross.
This was followed by several original projects such as “40 Fingers” (an acoustic guitar quartet), “The Emanuele Graffiti HF Band” (organ trio), “Oirquintet”, and many others. Since 2014, he has played and collaborated with the group Canto Libero, a project that has taken on tour (around Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Austria) a theatrical performance dedicated to the music of Battisti and Mogol. The latter has expressed his appreciation for the quality of the group and has often appeared on stage with them during their tours.
Peppino D'Agostino in concert. Acoustic fingerstyle guitar
Friday 25th of May 2018 at 9.30pm
SIX BARS JAIL c/o Circolo ARCI SMS Serpiolle
ticket 15 euro
One of the greatest exponents of fingerstyle guitar in the world, Peppino D'Agostino is also a composer, singer, teacher and showman. Born in Messina, he grew up in Turin, but has found the United States and California in particular, where he has stayed for around 30 years, the ideal habitat to give voice to his guitar virtuosity. Initially influenced by Leo Kottke, Paco de Lucia and Carlos Santana, he has never forgotten his roots, as shown by “Made in Italy”, one of his newest and most appreciated recorded works. His style reached full maturity some time ago, and it is no coincidence that his name is a fixture in the polls of the most important specialist magazines, first among equals, “Guitar Player” which voted him “best acoustic guitarist of 2007”.
He has a rich back catalogue of studio recordings, a good 18 albums (the first “Bluerba” in 1981, the latest in 2014), some of which were recorded for Favored Nations, Steve Vai’s label. Among these works stand out some historic musical collaborations, a very important aspect of D'Agostino’s career, such as that with Stef Burns in “Bayshore Road” (2005), or with the famous classical guitarist David Tanenbaum in “Classic/Steel” (2001).
His latest recording from 2014 entitled “Penumbra” is considered by professionals to be arguably his most ambitious to date. In it Peppino D'Agostino displays all his skill at transforming the steel-string guitar into a miniature orchestra to delve into the contemporary classical repertoire, blurring the boundaries between labels such as “classical” or “fingerstyle”. In fact, the album is divided equally between pieces written by some of the greatest composers for contemporary guitar (Sergio Assad, Maurizio Column, Roland Dyens, and Gyan Riley) and original compositions that seem to be a logical continuation of his own “Minestrone Music” as he dubbed his technical and stylistic approach years ago.
Equally remarkable is his production of books, teaching methods and educational videos, that have seen him host seminars all around the world. His educational success has come through titles that have become cornerstones of the genre, such as “Metodo per Chitarra Flatpicking Country e Bluegrass” (issued in 1984 by the Italian publisher Berben), while in 1997, the prestigious Warner Brothers Publications published “New Acoustic Guitar”, and in 1998, Homespun Tapes made the educational DVD “The Guitar of Peppino D'Agostino”. D'Agostino’s composition “Belladonna” was also included in a book entitled “Fingerstyle Guitar Masterpieces” edited by “Acoustic Guitar Magazine” that sees the presence of other luminaries of the six strings such as John Williams, Leo Kottke, and Jorma Kaukonen.
The appreciation for this great musician is unanimous and he has also firmly established himself as a showman. Peppino has performed in more than 30 countries, guesting at the most prestigious international festivals, and playing in many clubs dedicated to folk and acoustic guitar but also in world-renowned theatres. Throughout the world, he has frequently shared the stage with such major artists as Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, and Eric Johnson. D'Agostino’s creativity and imagination are not only confined to his compositions and live performances. In 2002, in collaboration with the Canadian luthier and innovator Robert Godin, D'Agostino created his own signature model: The Peppino D'Agostino Seagull.