25/05/18 – Peppino D'Agostino
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
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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.