BEPPE GAMBETTA

Beppe Gambetta è un chitarrista, cantante, ricercatore e compositore nato a Genova nel 1955. Virtuoso dello stile acustico, ha sviluppato uno stile in cui radici americane ed europee riescono a parlare insieme con una sola voce.

Dopo un primo viaggio negli Stati Uniti nel 1985 Beppe Gambetta torna in America nel 1988 per registrare un disco itinerante: una collezione di duetti realizzata visitando di persona 12 leggendari chitarristi della scena acustica, tra cui Norman Blake, Dan Crary, Mike Marshall, Charles Sawtelle, John Jorgenson e David Grier.

Nel 1989 Beppe Gambetta attraversa la "Cortina di ferro" per esibirsi al Festival di Porta in Cecoslovacchia e percepisce l'ondata rivoluzionaria che a quei tempi si autoproclama anche attraverso la musica. In quell'occasione avvia un'importante collaborazione con il maestro americano Tony Trischka.

Negli anni '90 è in tour con la leggenda della chitarra americana Dan Crary (in Europa e poi negli Stati Uniti e in Australia). Dan Crary lo presenta agli organizzatori del Walnut Valley Festival a Winfield, Kansas, uno dei maggiori eventi chitarristici americani. Le sue esibizioni a Winfield gli aprono le porte della scena USA .

Nel 1993 incontra e collabora con Gene Parsons, ex membro della leggendaria band folk-rock, The Byrds. Parsons si è esibito nel primo CD americano di Gambetta "Good News From Home" (1995) pubblicato dall'etichetta "Green Linnet". In questo album, Gambetta fonde il suo amore per le radici americane con elementi della tradizione italiana ed europea creando così il proprio stile multinazionale.

Alla fine degli anni '90 lancia un progetto per la ricerca della musica dimenticata dei Virtuosi italiani del primo Novecento. Si concentra sulla riscoperta della musica e sulla ricostruzione degli strumenti musicali del leggendario chitarrista genovese Pasquale Taraffo (1887-1937). Questo lavoro lo porta alla registrazione di due CD "Serenata" (1997) e "Traversata" (2001).

Continua la sua ricerca lungo il percorso dei musicisti e delle emigrazioni fino ad oggi producendo spettacoli in Europa, Stati Uniti e Argentina.

Dal 2001 Beppe Gambetta e sua moglie Federica Calvino Prina producono le "Beppe Gambetta Acoustic Nights", una serie di concerti che riuniscono ogni anno musicisti internazionali al Teatro della Corte (oggi Teatro Nazionale) di Genova. Le “Acoustic Nights” sono oggi uno dei maggiori eventi internazionali sulla scena musicale italiana e vengono regolarmente trasmesse in diretta da RAI Radio 3.

Nel 2019 Beppe Gambetta viene insignito dell'incarico onorario di “Ambasciatore di Genova nel Mondo” dal Sindaco Marco Bucci.

La sua canzone “Dove Tia O Vento” dedicata a Genova è finalista alle Targhe Tenco 2020 ed entra in classifica nelle Folk DJ charts americane.



 

 

 

BEPPE GAMBETTA

Beppe Gambetta is a guitarist, vocalist, researcher and composer born in Genova, Italy in 1955 who developed a style of concert presentation that brings American and European Roots to speak together with one voice. In his unique approach, Gambetta blends energetic grooves with passionate melodies, giving new life to sources from different times, periods and places. In addition, the original music he composes gives contemporary influences to traditional roots music.

He first came to the United States in 1985 and then returned in 1988 to travel through the US with the first available Sony digital DAT machine. He managed to meet and record a collection of duets with 12 of the most admired guitarists in the American bluegrass/folk genre including Norman Blake, Mike Marshall, Charles Sawtelle, John Jorgenson and David Grier.

In 1989 Beppe Gambetta crossed the “Iron curtain” to perform at the Porta Festival in Czeckoslovakia and sensed the revolutionary wave that in those days expressed itself also thorugh the music. In that occasion he started an important collaboration with American banjo master Tony Trischka.

In the 1990s Gambetta started to tour on a regular basis with American guitar legend Dan Crary (in Europe and then in the US and Australia). Dan Crary was able to introduce him to the organizers of the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS, a major guitar event and home to important guitar contests. Gambetta's performances at Winfield opened the door to him becoming a regular part of the American Festival scene.

In 1993 he met and collaborated with Gene Parsons, a former member of the legendary folk-rock band, The Byrds. Parsons performed on Gambetta's first solo American CD “Good News From Home” (1995) on the then preeminent folk and Celtic label “Green Linnet”. In this album, Gambetta started to blend his love for American Roots with elements of European tradition moving away from being known strictly as a hot bluegrass picker to create his own multi-national style.

In the late 1990s he launched a project to research the forgotten music of the Italian String Virtuosi of the turn-of-the-century. He focused on reviving the music and re-building the instruments of legendary Genovese harp-guitarist Pasquale Taraffo (1887-1937). This work led to the recording of two CDs “Serenata” (1997) and “Traversata” (2001) with classical mandolinist Carlo Aonzo and American mandolin icon David Grisman.

He has continued his research along the path of musicians and emigrations including to date producing shows of Italian revival in Europe, US and Argentina.

In 2001, Beppe Gambetta and his wife Federica Calvino Prina inaugurated “Beppe Gambetta Acoustic Nights”, a series of annual concerts that bring together different top-notch International musicians each year, planned around a special musical “theme”. Held each spring at the 1000-seat Teatro della Corte in Genova, Italy for three or four consecutive evenings, the performances have established themselves as one of the preeminent events in the European musical scene and are regularly broadcast live by the Italian National Radio (RAI Radio 3).

From 2002 to today, Beppe Gambetta focused his work mainly on his solo career, touring constantly and naturally and seamlessly joining the shores of the two continents, Europe and America, creating in spite of the interposed ocean a musical 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.

On April 23, 2019 Beppe was awarded with the title of “Genoa Ambassador To The World” by the Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci for the following reason:

Beppe Gambetta has built countless bridges between Genoa and the Americas, combining the rich culture of his hometown with the beauty of the American roots and adding in his compositions contemporary influences to the traditions he mastered. He has been a true Ambassador of the Genovese culture in all his studies, productions and performances”.

For his 14th CD (Where The Wind Blows, Borealis Records, Canada 2020) Beppe Gambetta revealed himself to be not simply a master guitarist but also a new songwriter of great feeling, wisdom and maturity. “Where the Wind Blows” is a collection of songs and tunes all written, arranged and performed by Beppe with the extraordinary collaboration of American bass player Rusty Holloway and percussionist Joe Bonadio.

The CD title track “Dove Tia O Vento” was a finalist in the “Best Song” Category at the Italian Awards Premio Tenco 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
Festival Internazionale di Nervi, Genova, Italy
Folkest, Udine, Italy
International Guitar Festival, Soave, Italy
Beppe Gambetta Guitar Summit, Santa Margherita Ligure, 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 Nazionale, Genova, Italy
Festival Internazionale di Musica e Danza, Parchi di Nervi, Genova, 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
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"