CROATIA SPLIT Antonio Forcione in ConcertEvent date: Wed Sep 13 2023
Venue: HRVATSKI CONCERT HALL- HRVATSKI dom SPLIT
ANTONIO FORCIONE in concert
Audiences are guaranteed a powerful show of wit, personality and musical virtuosity.
“One of the greatest Acoustic Guitarists “ ( The Guardian )
Antonio Forcione is an artist in every sense of the word, hailed as one of the most charismatic, unconventional guitarists at large in the musical world today. 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 ‘Jimie 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.
He 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 musicans including Charlie Haden, Angelique Kidjo, Trilok Gurtu, Larry Coryell, Diego el Cigala and many more (see list below) as well as supporting giants such as Phil Collins, Bobby McFerrin, Zucchero and Van Morrison amongst
ABOUT Antonio Forcione
From the first moment Antonio walks on stage to rapturous applause, with a humble smile on his face, guitar in hand, you already know you are in the presence of a true artist and are in for an exceptional performance. And as the first deep, warm, intense notes float through the auditorium, you can hear a pin drop and the audience are spell bound. As one critic put it “Imagine an Italian hybrid of Michael Hedges, John McLaughlin and Django Reinhardt ... ferocious, rampaging, controlled power, meticulous precision and clarity of expression ... astonishing musical personality”
Antonio’s impressive 21 albums and extensive international tours in festivals and theatres - both as a solo artist, in duo and with his acoustic quartet – have brought high critical acclaim from as far as Australia and Hong Kong to the Caribbean, Russia and all over Europe. He has the ‘hands of a tarantula and the heart of a lion’, as one critic so expressively phrased it!
Antonio’s numerous awards line the shelf above the piano in his west London home, a far cry from his bumble beginnings in a small village in southern Italy where he worked his way through art school, performed on the streets in London where he won the Covent Garden Street Entertainer of the Year Award. This led straight to a BBC TV appearance and a European tour. He hasn’t looked back since, nor has he ever forgotten his roots. If you listen closely to his compositions you can feel the nostalgia for the village, the olive groves, the dusty streets and the first loves of a young boy.
Having completed his well received album ‘Sketches of Africa’ , Compared To What a collaboration with singer songwriter Sarah Jane Morris and JOY with the