BEPPE GAMBETTA

Il filo dell’orizzonte come sfida e irresistibile richiamo, Beppe Gambetta ha fatto del viaggio un’arte, componendo il suo personale mosaico di suoni e sapori. In giovanile pellegrinaggio lungo le mitiche “blue highways” della profonda America cantate da Woody Guthrie, quel giovane chitarrista genovese sulle tracce della “Roots Music” americana ne ha macinata, è proprio il caso di dirlo, di strada. Virtuoso dello stile acustico, consacrato, ormai, a livello internazionale, autore di undici dischi, libri e video didattici, un DVD “live”, Gambetta è oggi considerato dagli stessi maestri americani un loro pari, degno continuatore di una tradizione musicale sempre viva e rinnovantesi. Di casa negli States, una fama consolidata grazie alle numerose tournées, alle partecipazioni ai più prestigiosi festival, dal Walnut Valley Festival di Winfield in Kansas al Merlefest di Wilkesboro in North Carolina, da quello di Chico in California ai Festivals canadesi di Edmonton e Winnipeg, e all’attività didattica nell’ambito di seguitissimi workshop – uno su tutti: lo Steve Kaufman Flatpicking Camp di Maryville nel Tennessee -, Gambetta nel corso della sua carriera ha avuto l’opportunità di suonare con i più grandi artisti della scena folk internazionale, quali, per citarne alcuni, Doc Watson, Tony Trischka, Gene Parsons, Norman Blake, David Grisman. E, naturalmente, Dan Crary, Tony McManus e Don Ross, membri con Beppe dei Men of Steel, il fantastico quartetto chitarristico che più cosmopolita non si può - Usa, Scozia, Canada, Italia sono infatti le nazioni di provenienza di questi “fab four” delle sei corde – e che ha mietuto unanimi consensi di pubblico e critica in tutto il mondo.
In un mondo dominato dalle logiche del mercato e in cui ad imperversare è la musica “plastificata”, tutta glamour e look, così fashion e trendy, Gambetta propone la sua musica, intimamente sentita e vissuta, fatta di emozioni, immediatezza comunicativa, ricerca timbrica, sobrietà. Una musica ispirata, ma quasi pudica nello svelare sino in fondo i più riposti moti dell’animo, refrattaria a quelle ostentazioni virtuosistiche fine a se stesse che costituiscono una tentazione in costante agguato a tali livelli di eccellenza tecnica: ad altri, non a lui, meticoloso artigiano dei sentimenti, i funambolici esercizi “a miracolo mostrare”. L’America nel cuore, le radici tra il sole e gli ulivi del Mediterraneo, è con estrema naturalezza che Gambetta riesce a saldare le sponde dei due continenti, creando, alla faccia di quell’oceano frapposto lì in mezzo, una “koiné” musicale in cui “roots music” e tradizione ligure, canti dell’emigrazione e ballate popolari, moderne chitarre acustiche e antiche chitarre-arpa non solo coesistono ma vanno ad interagire, intrecciando un fitto dialogo ignaro di ogni rigida classificazione. Musica popolare in cammino, fiera del suo passato ma con lo sguardo rivolto al futuro, capace di parlare al nostro presente perché radicata nella storia di generazioni di uomini e donne così diversi e così uguali a noi. Musica girovaga, insofferente di frontiere e passaporti, esclusioni e ossessioni. Musica vitale, appassionata, sobria.
Che ci fa un cenno. Seguiamola.

 

 

 

BEPPE GAMBETTA

It is the smile that is the key for reading the musical universe of Beppe Gambetta. An open and disarming smile that is also the contagious and unresistable smile of a person who invites you to a musical journey with light heart and curiosity. The destination, as for any traveller, is not totally defined because it is beautiful, at the very last, to find ourselves where we never would expected to be.

With the horizon's line as a challenge and attraction, Beppe is continually composing his personal mosaic of sounds and flavours. From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.

While Beppe still lives in his native Genova, he travels to North America at least three times each year. His reputation in the U.S. and Canada is reinforced by his participation in prestigious festivals like the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Merlefest in North Carolina, the Four Corners Festival in Colorado and Canadian Folk Festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as events like the radio shows “All Things Considered” and “E-Town”. Beppe has performed in prestigious rooms like the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In his career he has performed with some great heroes of the folk scene like David Grisman, Gene Parsons, Doc Watson, Norman Blake and with the band Men Of Steel: an international guitar summit (Dan Crary, Tony McManus and Don Ross) of different guitar schools with complex musical interactions. In a world dominated by the trends and logic of the market Gambetta's playing and singing stand out for their intimate emotions, communication, research in tone, sobriety and humour. An inspired music thatt modestly avoids relying solely on his high level of technical excellence, but also reveals the innermost feelings of a brilliant, playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly routed in tradition.

With America in his heart and his roots in the sun and the olive trees of the Mediterranean sea, he naturally and seamlessly bridges the shores of the two continents, creating in spite of the interposed ocean a musical "koiné" (fusion) where American root music and Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads, steel string guitars and vintage harp guitars not only co-exist but interact, weaving a deep dialog unaware of any rigid classification.

Music on its way, proud of the past but looking to the future, able to talk to us in the present because it is rooted in the history of generations of men and women so different but so equal to us. Strolling music, intolerant of frontiers and passports, exclusions and obsessions. Vital music, passionate but sober. It is waving to us. Let's follow it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVALS
Merlefest, Wilkesboro NC
Summerfest, New Bedford, MA
Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield KS
Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville TX
International Guitar Festival, Chico CA
Four Corners Festival, Pagosa Springs CO
Old Songs Festival, Altamont NY
Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, Guthrie OK

Edmonton Folk Festival, Edmonton, Canada
Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso, NS, Canada
Harbourfront Festival, Toronto, Canada
Winnipeg Folk Festival, Canada
Folkest, Udine, Italy
Madame Guitar Festival, Tricesimo, Italy
International Guitar Festival, Soave, Italy
MAF, Fiorano, Italy
Bath Festival, Bath, England
Tønder Festival, Tønder, Denmark
Folkfest, Rudolstadt, Germany
Hersbruck Guitar Festival, Germany
Open Strings, Osnabr
ück, Germany
Vienna Gitarrefestival, Radiokulturhaus ORF, Austria
Zahrada Festival, Czechoslovakia
Zagreb Guitar Festival, Croatia
All Star Guitar Summit, Rijeka, Croatia
Port Fairy Festival, Port Fairy, Australia
Letterkenny Festival, Letterkenny, Ireland
Strandhill Guitar Festival, Ireland
Shetland Folk Festival, Shetland Islands, Scotland
Ullapool Guitar Festival, Scotland
Celtic Connection Festival, Glasgow, Scotland

SELECTED PERFORMANCES
Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova, Italy
Teatro della Corte, Genova, Italy
Teatro delle Erbe, Milano, Italy
Auditorium RAI, Sala A, Roma, Italy
Mosebacke, Stockholm, Sweden
Foyers Des Arts, La Garenne, Paris, France
Continental Club, Budapest, Hungary
Mahogany Hall, Bern, Switzerland
The Basement, Sidney, Australia
Teatro La Comedia, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Auditorio Angel Bustelo, Mendoza, Argentina
Aula Magna Dante Alighieri, Rosario, Argentina
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN
Nashville Chamber Orchestra, TN
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA
Patriots Theatre, Trenton, NJ
Kimo Theatre, Albuquerque NM
Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium, Batavia, IL
Sheridan Opera House, Telluride CO
Swallow Hill Concert Series, Denver CO
San Juan Capistrano Library, San Juan Capistrano CA
Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls TX
The Ark, Ann Arbor MI
Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles CA
Chapman University Auditorium, Orange CA
Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro NC
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley CA

MUSIC CAMPS/ WORKSHOPS
Beppe Gambetta Int. Acoustic Guitar Camp, Ambroz, Slovenia
Steve Kaufman Flatpicking Camp, Maryville TN
Universit
ät für Musik, Wien, Austria
Virton International Workshop, Virton, Belgium
Merle Watson Memorial Festival, Wilkesboro NC
South Plains College, Levelland TX
Volkshockschule, Biberach, Germany

MEDIA APPEARANCES
La Stanza della Musica, Radio RAI 3, Italy
Fuori Giri, Radio RAI 2, Italy
ABC Australia National Radio
ORF Radio Kulturhaus, Austria
Folk Nyt Folk Live, Radio Denmark
Italian Swiss Radio
National Czech TV
CHIN-AM, Toronto Canada
CKUA, Edmonton, Canada
Americana Television Network: Roadshow
Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour
E-Town with Nick Forster
River City Folk with Tom May
All things considered with Noah Adams
Folk Scene with Roz and Howard Larman
Gene Shay Show with Gene Shay
Music you cannot hear on the Radio with John Weingart

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ALTRI PROGETTI - PROJECTS:

BEPPE GAMBETTA & TONY MCMANUS

BEPPE GAMBETTA TRIO "AMERICAN ROOTS WITH EUROPEAN PASSION"