Friday, October 20
Carlo Aonzo Trio is a musical journey from the Italian tradition to jazz, from classical music to bluegrass: from Europe to America and back...
A voyage through European and American music, revisiting songs chosen from among the international evergreens. The music, which can be offered in different combinations, encompasses a variety of musical genres, from bluegrass to folk dances, from soundtracks to jazz and Brazilian music, from Italian melody to a review of the classical repertoire. A "Mandolin journey" to discover, in the company of this amazing instrument, the common roots of music.
Steve and Dave Play Dead will play an opening set.
Steve Roy & Dave Surette are a duo dedicated to the music of the Grateful Dead. Both Steve and Dave have been stalwarts of the New England folk/bluegrass/roots music scene, and this sound is apparent in their acoustic arrangements of a wide range of Dead classics, featuring Steve on mandolin and vocals and Dave on acoustic guitar and vocals. Their repertoire draws heavily on the Dead material from the early 70s, especially albums such as American Beauty, Workingmans Dead, and Europe 72, yet they perform songs from all phases of the Deads career, and have an extensive working repertoire. In addition to presenting the songs of the classic Garcia/Hunter songwriting collaboration, they also play a wide range of cover material that was performed by the Dead: blues, country, rock, and traditional folk songs. They also cover a number of Dylan songs that were part of the Deads repertoire. Rootsy acoustic sound, harmony vocals, high-quality musicianship and extensive improvisation mark their live performances, and create an exciting evening of music that should appeal to Deadheads as well as fans of folk, bluegrass and old-time.
Carlo Aonzo, mandolinist, is a native of Savona, Italy where he grew up immersed in music. His initial teacher, his father Giuseppe (Director of the "Circolo Mandolinistico G. Verdi di Savona"), instilled in him a love and respect for the mandolin that has remained with him all his life. As a teenager Carlo went on to study with Ugo Orlandi, the current patriarch of the Italian mandolin, at the Cesare Pollini Conservatory in Padua where he graduated with honours (summa cum laude) in 1993. His playing has been recognized with awards at prestigious competitions including winning the "Vivaldi" prize of the 6th annual Vittorio Pitzianti National Mandolin Competition in Venice and first prize at the 27th annual Walnut Valley National Mandolin Contest in Winfield, Kansas.