Antonio Forcione (guitars), Anselmo Netto (Percussion), Matheus Nova (Acoustic Bass ), Jenny Adejayan (Cello)
Multi-award winning guitarist-composer Antonio Forcione released his new album Sketches of Africa in September 2012. Inspired by recent tours through the continent of Africa, the new album, his first in five years, showcases his compositions with local musicians who, together, evoke a joyous homage to a continent still going through immense change. Sketches of Africa is eagerly awaited by the legion of fans Antonio has built up over twenty years of composing, performing and thrilling audiences with his dynamic talent. Collaborating with Antonio on this album are the members of Antonio’s Quartet: Adriano Adewale, Jenny Adejayan, Nathan Thompson. Also featuring are Seckou Keita (Senegal), Chiwoniso Maraire (Zimbabwe), Juldeh Camara (Gambia), Zamo Mbutho (South Africa), Dominique di Piazza, Enzo Zirilli and Dado Pasqualini. All tracks were composed and arranged by Antonio Forcione and co-produced by Antonio Forcione and Chris Kimsey.
AntonioMulti-award winning guitarist-composer Antonio Forcione
“Album of the Month – It’s impossible to listen to the CD without coming away feeling uplifted....it was well worth the wait” (Guitar Techniques)
“Forcione is a unique performer, a master of the guitar and an explorer of new ground between existing cultures. Seek him out - your ears and your soul will thank you.”(londonjazzblogspot.co.uk)
“In among a joyful, dancing Mandela tribute, ‘Madiba’s Jive’, the slow-building, raga-like ‘Tar’ and the more reflective ‘Stay Forever’, Forcione revisits the percussive solo tone poem, ‘Touch Wood’, showing both delicate fingering and dramatic pacing, before the trio reconvenes…with a tight display of exuberant, flowing creativity.”
One of the great acoustic guitarists ☆☆☆☆☆ The Guardian
Unmissable! ☆☆☆☆☆ The Scotsman
Passion, Grace and Fire ☆☆☆☆☆ The Times
A beautiful touch Sir Paul McCartney
Breath-taking finger-work & Musicianship ☆☆☆☆☆ The New Statesman
The remarkable Antonio Forcione...plays delicate jazzy love songs, stamping flamenco, Astor Piazzolla tangos, the blues, and a lot more. He has an untamed aspect that sets him apart from most guitar virtuosos, though; it's expressed in slewing, unresolved runs, gunshot single notes and feverish hammerings on the soundbox The Guardian
When Antonio Forcione plays guitar he becomes three people, Antonio the spiritual, Antonio the mental and Antonio the physical. 1inhabits his instrument like no one else on earth; watching this man play guitar is like seeing a Dante poem come alive before your eyes – all the laughter, madness, pain, love and ecstasy of the human condition is laid bare, flowing, from the tips of his fingers to the soles of his feet the new album showcases his compositions with local musicians who, together, evoke a joyous, spiritually beguiling homage to a continent still going through immense change. His first album in five years, Sketches of Africa is eagerly awaited by the legion of fans Antonio has built up over twenty years of composing, performing and thrilling audiences all over the world.