Italian guitar maestro Antonio Forcione gives concert in Chiswick

Image above: Antonio Forcione; photograph Anna Kunst

The Chiswick Calendar has pulled off something of a coup – at least our Jazz aficionado / promoter partner Larry Pryce has.

Antonio Forcione is a world famous, multi award winning Italian guitar maestro who just happens to live in Chiswick. He doesn’t usually play locally, but he will be giving a concert for us on Thursday 11 November as part of our Jazz at George IV programme.

He’s put together something very special for us: “Motown and Magic”, a vibrant and original blend of jazz, Latin, African, flamenco and soul sounds where he will be performing songs by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Sting as well as original numbers of his own.

“The most appealing aspects of Forcione’s show are its rampant eclecticism and good humour” wrote the Guardian about one of his shows. Be prepared to both laugh and be moved as he celebrates the unexpected elements in life with delicacy, humour, and passion.

Image above: Antonio Forcione; photograph Anna Kunst

Antonio has been travelling the world for over two decades and has released 20 albums, collaborating with many major artists. The last one, with Secku Keita and Adriano Adewale, ‘Joy’, won Best World Music Album in the 2019 One World Music Awards.

“Antonio takes the guitar to new levels of expression and his numerous awards around the world are a testimony to his genius”, says Larry.

“Forcione boldly goes where no guitarist has gone before and the results are quite spectacular.” ….. The Stage.

Antonio has toured the world over, from Australia and Hong Kong to Russia, the Caribbean, USA and all over Europe, where he has shared the international stage with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, his albums variously topping UK and international jazz charts.

“Forcione is mesmerizing ….. passion, grace and fire” ….. The Times.

He spends a lot of his time in Cuba, where he’s been making a video documentary about the traditional music of Cuba, but you can catch him in Chiswick on Thursday 11 November.

Book tickets here: eventbrite.co.uk

For the whole programme of Jazz at George IV gigs this summer – Jazz at the Musicals with the Jo Harrop trio, Shireen Francis and the Small Island trio, Giulio Romano Latin jazz trio, The Blues Engineers, Gypsy Jazz exponents Trio Manouche, New Orleans Jazz pianist Dom Pipkin and The Ikos trio, Stealing Dan & Don, The Mississippi Swamp Dogs, Barb Jungr sings Leonard Cohen, the Sarah Moule trio celebrates Duke Ellington and Billie Strayhorn, Fallen Heroes, the Joanna Eden Band and more … have a look at our Jazz at George IV pages.

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