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Antonio Forcione Quartet

29th – 30th April 2024, 6pm

With a host of international awards under his belt, this eclectic composer never ceases to stun his audience on stage, leading him to be referred to as the ‘Jimmy Hendrix of the acoustic guitar'. His solo performances never fail to bring the house down, let alone when he is performing in duo, as a trio, or with his quartet of international musicians.

Ticket prices

£35 – £50

Line-up

ANTONIO FORCIONE – guitars
JANSEN SANTANA – percussion
MATHEUS NOVA – acoustic bass
JENNY ADEJAYAN – cello

Forcione breaks the mould of most conventional guitar sounds, be it in the field of jazz, Spanish, African, Brazilian or improvised music, with a ferocious virtuosity, passion and humour.  He has shared the stage and recorded with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians including Charlie Haden, Angelique Kidjo, Trilok Gurtu, and Larry Coryell, as well as supporting giants such as Phil Collins, Bobby McFerrin, Zucchero and Van Morrison amongst others.

The pieces performed by the Quartet are from Forcione’s prolific compositions as well as a mixture of rearranged classics but Dave Brubeck, The Police, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many others. There is an imaginative and joyful synthesis – a world class band with spectacular technique and rich composition who have developed a unique, powerful and exotic sound. With a unique blend of jazz, Latin, African, and flamenco sounds, Forcione's guitar playing has been described as "ferocious, rampaging, controlled power" and "mesmerizing", while Santana is a multi-instrumentalist and dedicated musician whose influences stem from the music of his hometown in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Jenny Adejayan is a London-born cellist of Nigerian/Grenadian descent who has collaborated with numerous artists over the years from Sir Tom Jones and Courtney Pine to Nitin Sawhney and Emil Sande. Matheus Nova is also from Bahia, Brazil and is very popular in the Latin and London music circles. It has been said of him that he has the ability to “transform folkloric into “funkloric”.” Matheus has performed with many groups, including the Brazilian Samba Divas Elza Soares and Alcione.

One of the great acoustic guitarists.

— The Guardian