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After more than two decades and four albums, including their latest, Home, featuring saxophone giant David Sanborn, Synopsis has become Eric Sempe & Synopsis. With some great musicians, as Eric Sempe (John McLaughlin, Liz McComb, Didier Lockwood …), Domin
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Chitarepe.net is proud to present a special interview with the man who managed to bring to Romania idolized guitarists for generations. Corrado Sgandurra talks about his experience as a guitarist, on Day guitars and more!
Chitarepe.net: In 1998 you won the Best European Talent Guitar, guitar contest which resulted in Mike Varney said about you: "The Corrado's singing is full of elegance, style and good taste. It is an elegant blend of Shred Metal Fusion, Jazz and Blues - technical mastery of the instrument has an unusual ". What happened then?
The prize of this contest was a scholarship for three years of study at the prestigious GIT in Los Angeles paid in full by Mike Varney.
Chitarepe.net: How to GIT experience influenced your musical career?
GIT has been very beneficial experience for me. First, in September 1998 when I arrived in the U.S., the whole landscape was completely different from that of my hometown in Sicily. How GIT never learned not to finish, I managed during my studies there to increase my range on the guitar and listening style and understand the many genres of music, especially fusion. Up to that time had been influenced by heavy metal music, and at first I was forced to address many blues and jazz fusion, which helped me a lot. Also, perhaps the most important thing I realized was learning to read the music score, which is particularly important for a musician. I was fortunate to study with a series of great teachers such as I like to remember them by: Brett Garsed, Robben Ford, TJ Helmerich, Frank Gambale, Paul Gilbert, Don Mock, Gary Willis, Jeff Berlin, Vinnie Moore, Pat Martino, J. Batten, Michael Lee Firkins, etc.. Now use the method of teaching my students GIT for guitar and bass.
Chitarepe.net: Years 80 and 90 have reported the occurrence of most famous guitarists in the world and Records Shrapnell contributed to this phenomenon. How do you think would have looked without Shrapnell these years?
Shred phenomenon probably would not have developed the scale of those years or maybe would not have existed at all, in any case the guitar was much lower in existence today without Shrapnell Records and the man behind it the default, Mike Varney , who financially supported a large number of famous guitarists who inspire us all now. Shrapnell importance is undeniable, albums released over the years can be formed into a true history of the phenomenon of modern guitarists. Currently I work in a book to be launched in 2013 (it will turn 30 years since the first CD released by Varney in Shrapnell Records) will contain 3 DVDs divided into three decades of activity, namely Shrapnell '80s, '90s and 2000. The book will be a mix between a teacher and a historic treaty that will illustrate some Lick's most important riffs and according to guitarist and musical genres.
Chitarepe.net: Your album to be launched in collaboration with Mike Varney Suite contains components that for Radica, sounding smooth jazz and deep inside her eyes to progressive sounding, how you manage to combine them and who is radical?
Radica is my muse, the songs on her album is dedicated. All tracks are very different from prog metal to jazz fusion and instrumental rock classic. My main concern is the transposition of emotion in music and combining this style on a single album is natural because each style of music convey a certain kind of emotion. translated interview
Jazz fusion master, Laurence Cottle to host Institute masterclass
The Institute is pleased to welcome back their revered visiting faculty member Laurence Cottle for an exclusive bass masterclass at their London facility on Thursday 31st March.
Laurence has performed with some of the world’s greatest artists including Sting, Cher, Brian Eno, Eric Clapton and Black Sabbath. He is well known and highly respected for his incredible talent in jazz fusion, has recorded music for films such as Lethal Weapon and Mr. Holland’s Opus and is a master of live performance. Laurence has also composed music for television shows including Matlock, the Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America.
During the day, Institute students will be given the chance to have private lessons with Laurence, followed by a masterclass where the Bass expert will speak about his industry experiences, and demonstrate new techniques.
For more information events and masterclasses at the Institute, contact us directly:
- 0207 328 0222
Marcello Zappatore is a 33 year old from Lecce. He earns a living by playing electric guitar in a well known local Satanist heavy metal band.
However, Marcello has a physical problem: an uncomfortable itch on the side of his rib cage soon turns out to be stigmata.
Divine intervention or need for a change?
Marcello does not know the answer, although the stigma is causing him many problems. In one go, due to his newly acquired (yet unintentional) closeness to God, he loses his girlfriend and the flat they share together, as well as being kicked out of the band (hence losing his job) that certainly does not want a stigmatic guitarist in its ranks.
Marcello now finds himself ready to undertake a very personal voyage between two very different and incompatible worlds…that of God and that of Rock. He is accompanied by his dear ones: his bigot mother (Guia Jelo), that tries to put him on the road to redemption by having him locked up in a monastery, and his grandmother (Sandra Milo), a very eccentric woman that incites him not to give up on Rock’n’Roll.
Old and new friends alike, they all try to get Marcello to do the right thing.
But what is the right thing for Marcello?
Abandon the music of Satan and listen to the word of God or forget about divine intervention and pursue his dream of musical glory?
Will he be able to find common ground between opposed universes?
Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American classic rock group featuring blues rock guitarist/vocalist bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), has announced the track-listing for their highly anticipated second album.
Produced by Kevin Shirley, the album, which is simply entitled “2”, will be released in the U.K. on June 13th via Mascot Records, and June 14th in the U.S. on the J&R Adventures label.
The album track listing is as follows:
1. The Outsider
2. Man In The Middle
3. I Can See Your Spirit
4. The Battle For Hadrian’s Wall
5. Save Me
7. Smokestack Woman
9. An Ordinary Son
10. Little Secret
Read the full online announcement here: http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/blackcountrycommunion/album2.htm
In July, Black Country Communion will embark on a UK tour that will take in concerts at Llandudno Cymru Arena (23rd July), London’s High Voltage Festival (24th July), Leeds O2 Academy (26th July), Newcastle O2 Academy (27th July), Glasgow 02 Academy (29th July), and the Manchester Academy (30th July). 24 Hour Ticket Hotline: 0871 230 1101. Book Online: www.seetickets.com, www.thegigcartel.com.
Glenn Hughes will be in London to publicise the forthcoming BCC album on Thursday April 14th and Friday April 15th