Concert - Event posted by elena
THURSDAY 8 AUGUST 2019
Marco Di Maggio Duo
Marco Di Maggio: guitar and voice; Matteo Giannetti: double bass
Rock'n'roll and rockabilly with a duo that looks like an orchestra
The Fiorino sull'Arno (Lungarno Pecori Giraldi - Florence, near the Ponte di San Niccolò; reservations 333 9222943) is back until September 15, an open-air venue that offers good music and quality entertainment, together with excellent, seven days a week pizzas and other culinary specialties, especially Mediterranean; after dinner you can have the comforts of a well-stocked bar. Not just night space: the bar is open from 9am to midnight ; from 7pm an aperitif will be set; from 20 you have dinner . All in a very pleasant space, in the midst of old trees that protect from the summer heat. The concerts start at 9.30pm and are always free .
Thursday 8 August at 21.30 Rock'n'roll and rockabilly with the duo formed by Marco Di Maggio (guitar and vocals) and his faithful double bass player Matteo Giannetti: a combination of overwhelming, compact and essential sound, where Marco's guitar shoots notes at supersonic speed, supported by the incessant slap of double-bass player Matteo Giannetti, a rhythmic carpet that replaces percussion. The typical sound of Rockabilly, the Country and the Blues of the origins was played in their own duo or in a trio (see eloquent examples such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash) and it is extremely interesting and surprising how, with the skill of these two musicians, a genre born since a good number of decades can be reinterpreted with such effectiveness and topicality: with only a guitar and a double bass, if they are those of Marco Di Maggio & Matteo Giannetti, the sound impact is that of a real band .
Marco Di Maggio is a leading exponent of the international R'n'R scene and considered by the specialized press as one of the best guitarists in the world. He has performed in the USA, Canada, UK, China, Hong Kong, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Latvia, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, participating in various editions of prestigious festivals such as:
Montreux jazz festival 2009 (Switzerland)
Viva las Vegas 2000/2001 (USA)
Green Bay 50's fest 2002 (USA)
Grand Ole Opry / Ryman Auditorium 2001 (USA)
Jackson r'n'r Museum 2000 (USA)
Rockabilly rave '99 / 2001 (UK)
Eddie Cochran weekend '99 / 2001/2003/2004, 2006
Rock oz Arenes 2004 (Ch)
Rockhouse Festival 2003 (F)
Bormio Guitar 2002 (I)
Elvis day 2003, 2005, 2006 treviso (i)
Sant'Agreve country festival - 2003 (f)
Munchen rock Fest 2002 (d)
Summer Jamboree 2002/2006 (i)
Turin 2006 Olympic Games, to name a few.
With the album "Rockabilly From The Boots Up" (1998) he was hired in the USA by the president of ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME who produced the cd, conferring on Marco the role of honorary member of the same and then electing him President of the European headquarters.
The album gets a sensational success with audiences and critics and to quote one of the many judgments: "I predict it will be the '98 record, why aren't American bands so good?" Joe Waigel - Las Vegas Post.
Since '96, he plays with almost all the legends of the past and present r'n'r:
TERRY WILLIAMS (SAY STRAITS), DJ FONTANA (ELVIS 'BAND), SLIM JIM PHANTOM (STRAYCATS), SCOTTY MOORE (ELVIS' BAND), JOHNNY FARINA (SANTO & JOHNNY), ROBERT GORDON, LINDA GAIL LEWIS (SISTER OF JERRY LEE LEWIS ), ALBERT LEE, BILLY SWAN (composer and winner of a gold record in '75 with "I Can Help" then taken up by ELVIS) to name a few of over 40.
He produces 11 albums produced in the USA, Germany, Finland, Italy, an educational video, a video clip and participation in over 35 international compilations. Interviewed by the major radio and television networks, Chicago TV, BBC radio etc .. he is also contacted by major brands to make soundtracks for films and commercials in the USA, Canada, Sweden, UK, Spain, Italy. One of his songs is included in an episode of the famous TV series FRIENDS.
Only Italian artist to have performed at the theater of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, on the occasion of the assignment of the Grammy to his career to Brenda Lee. That evening Marco performed with DJ Fontana (the drummer of Elvis Presley) and Bill Mack (the bassist of Gene Vincent).
His technical background allowed him to establish himself also in the didactic field. His video "Rockabilly Electric Guitar" is appreciated internationally and for some years he has been collaborating and performing workshops and workshops on behalf of the Lizard Music Academy, in collaboration with Davide Mastrangelo.
His technique is a crossover of styles: Rockabilly, Country, Western Swing, Blues, Surf and Rock'n'Roll.
Marco is not simply a Rockabilly guitarist, in fact, like guitarists like Danny Gatton, Albert Lee, Brian Setzer, Junior Brown, he manages to mix all the styles related to Rock'n'Roll and Country / Jazz.
The famous New York singer Robert Gordon, after playing with true legends of the 6 strings such as Chris Spedding, Link Wray but above all Danny Gatton, wanted Marco and his trio for his European concerts. Not least the judgment of Terry Williams, drummer of Dire Straits, who released this statement: "I played with the older ones, Mark Knopfler, BB King, Eric Clapton, Albert Lee ... I can say that Marco Di Maggio is one of them".
He composes most of the pieces in his repertoire and highlights himself as an arranger with the Supersonic orchestra, composed of 7 elements.
His penultimate CD / video, titled "The Wildest Game", recorded with the new project DI MAGGIO CONNECTION, sees the collaboration of Claudio Gregori, aka GREG of the Iene of ITALY1, the explosive Roman entertainer, known for his performances with Lillo and for TV and radio programs such as Telenauta69, Ottavo Nano, Bla Bla, Le Iene, 610).
Greg, a lover of good music R'n'R and Swing, meets Marco a few years ago on the occasion of a Festival where the two perform with their respective formations and soon realize that they share the same feeling for music, this is how the project that sees him as a Guest is born, both in the CD and in the videoclip of Di Maggio Connection.
In 2007 and 2008 Marco performed a long tour with the Connection that led him to perform in China, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, England, Spain, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong and Scandinavia
Since 2008 Marco is selected by M. Casale Bauer / Gretsch Guitars as an endorser for the prestigious guitar brand and at the same time he also starts a collaboration with the string house Elixir String.
In July 2009 the most prestigious award arrives, Marco is in fact called to perform with the Connection as part of the Montreux Jazz Festival, for the occasion a Live CD is recorded which will be released in 2010.
In 2010 the manufacturer of Digitech multi-effects for guitar chooses Marco as official endorser.
In 2011 he returned to the studio for the recording sessions of the album "The Route Of Time", co-produced with the label Musical Brain, an album that was released in October of the same year.
In July, another great event, Marco and the Connection perform as part of the English festival "Wildest Cat in Town" with the great Johnny Farina, the legendary Steel guitar player of the famous duo Santo & Johnny.
In 2013 Marco carries out a long tour that takes him back to the USA with 21 stops in the main American cities with the Di Maggio Connection and I publish the 11th album and first instrumental of his career, "The Sensational Guitar Sound of Marco Di Maggio".
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