Antonio Forcione Quartet
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Oct
18
Antonio Forcione Quartet @ Lanciano - Abruzzo (Italy) HI-FI exibition.

Lanciano, Not Applicable, Italy

Lanciano, Not Applicable, Italy

Oct
04
Antonio Forcione Quartet @ Conservatoire (To be confirmed)

Moscow, Not Applicable, Russia

Moscow, Not Applicable, Russia

Sep
27
Antonio Forcione Quartet @ Swindon Perf Arts College

Swindon, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Swindon, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

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Press


“Evocative. Sensuous. Meticulously wrought. This is music making with a singular vision ****” Jazzwise 2007

“ A fine issue *****” Hi Fi News

“A fantastic international line up and Forcione’s raw talent makes this album well worth checking out” Songlines 2005

“one of the classier practicioners of pastel-tinged Metheny-esque improv” The Sunday Times 2007

“A performer of world class status ... forceful and with an enviable technique, he takes the guitar to new levels of expression combining its melodic powers with dramatic percussive effects. Forcione boldly goes where no guitarist has gone before and the results are quite spectacular ... miss him at your peril”. The Stage

“Forcione plays unstringed parts of the guitar other players can’t hope to reach” The Independent

“You have a beautiful touch” (Paul McCartney)

"One of the great acoustic guitarists" (THE GUARDIAN)

"Thrilling voyage round the world … passion, grace and fire" (THE TIMES)

"A one-off musical sensation. Unmissable" (THE SCOTSMAN)

"brings more sounds from an acoustic guitar than you’ve ever dreamed of … superb" DAILY MAIL:

"Unique, unpredictable" (SUNDAY TIMES)

"Impressive" SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

"Take all your preconceptions about the acoustic guitars and chuck’em out the window. If you don’t, Antonio Forcione will probably do it for you" THE LIST

"One of the world’s most highly regarded guitarists .. this is John Martyn for a new generation who, when he isn’t using his guitar as a percussive instrument is literally reinventing it. The guy is brilliant." (EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS)

“A major international guitar virtuoso .. one of those very few entertainers who can cast a spell on almost any audience ... remarkable personal magnetism” JAZZ FM

“A performer of world class status ... forceful and with an enviable technique, he takes the guitar to new levels of expression combining its melodic powers with dramatic percussive effects. Forcione boldly goes where no guitarist has gone before and the results are quite spectacular ... miss him at your peril”. THE STAGE

“An unforgettable experience” GUITAR TECHNIQUES

“One of the most charismatic and inventive - not to mention unconventional - guitarists at large in the musical world today - a mould-breaking champion of the acoustic guitar” NEW INSIGHT

- VARIOUS


Discography

Antonio Forcione Quartet ‘In Concert’ (DVD & CD)
Naim Label (2007)

‘Heartplay’ w/ Charlie Haden (CD & LP)
Naim Label (2006)

‘Tears Of Joy’ (CD & LP)
Naim Label (2005)

‘Touchwood’ (CD & LP)
Naim Label (2003)

‘Live’ (CD)
Naim Label (2000)

‘Vento Del Sud’ w/Benito Madonia (CD)
Naim Label (2000)

‘Ghetto Paradise’ (CD)
Naim Label (1998)

‘Meet Me In London’ (CD & LP)
Naim Label (1997)

‘Talking Hands’ Acoustic Mania (CD)
Naim Label (1997)

Dedicato (CD & LP)
Naim Label (1996)

Acoustic Revenge (CD)
Naim Label (1993)

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Bio

Hailed as the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar’, award-winning Forcione is considered one of the most charismatic and inventive performers to come out of Europe in recent years. He breaks the mould of most conventional, popular guitar sounds be it in the field of jazz, Spanish, African, Brazilian or improvised music. International tours have brought high critical acclaim from as far as Australia and Hong Kong to Russia, the Caribbean, USA and all over Europe.

His 13 albums have variously hit the top of UK and international jazz charts and he has shared the stage worldwide with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians (see below), double-billing with artists such as John McLaughlin, John Schoffield and Leo Kotke.

Born in Italy in a small village along the Adriatic coast, Antonio first drew public attention at 13 when he toured with his own band throughout Italy as a guitarist, mandolinist and drummer. He got a diploma in art and sculpture from the Art Institute in Ancona, and studied music in Rome (as well as mime) before moving to London in 1983 in search of greater inspiration.

Unable to speak English, he initially resorted to busking in the streets of London’s Covent Garden, and within 2 months he had won an award which led to a BBC television appearance before being whisked off to open for the pop group Barclay James Harvest on a major European tour for over a total of 300,000, people culminating in a concert at Wembley Arena. He never looked back.

He has performed in festivals and theatres from as far as Australia and Indonesia to the USA, Canada, Caribbean, Turkey, Lebanon and all over Europe, especially in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the UK. His festival appearances include Womad, Glastonbury, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Koln, Verona, Granada, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival and the Machoire d’Or in Montreux amongst others, as well as most major International Guitar festivals.

Antonio’s constantly innovative approach to life have also led him to explore the realm of music comedy performance resulting in invitations to perform at comedy festivals throughout the world. He has performed with other comedians such as Boothby Graffoe, Django Edwards, Stephen Frost, Tanderika and Ursus & Nadeschkin, acted as musical director and performer for the award winning trio Ole, and formed the duo ‘Acoustik Maniaks’ with guitarist Neil Stacey, as well as appearing in variety shows as a Solo comedy artist.

In 2001 he won the ‘Best Spirit of the Fringe Award’ at the Edinburgh Festival with a resulting tour of Australia, doing both straight music and music-comedy.

Artistic, intense, and formidably inventive, Antonio is a performer of genuine distinction. Ever unpredictable, his is a celebration of the unexpected elements in life, a music of rare delicacy, humour and, not least, passion.

Please also visit:
www.myspace.com/antonioforcionespace
www.myspace.com/antoniocforcionequartet