The multi award-winning Antonio Forcione, acoustic guitarist, composer and talented artist, is a highly charismatic and inventive performer. The World acclaimed guitar master is delighted to be performing Motown and Magic with his vibrant and original blend of jazz, Latin, African and flamenco sounds. He will be performing songs by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Sting alongside originals. Antonio takes the guitar to new levels of expression and his numerous awards around the world are a testimony to his genius. Be prepared to laugh and be moved as he celebrates the unexpected elements in life with delicacy, humour and passion. International tours have brought high critical acclaim from as far as Australia and Hong Kong to Russia, the Caribbean, USA and all over Europe. His albums have variously topped UK and international jazz charts and he has shared the stage worldwide with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians.
Antonio’s numerous awards line the shelf above the piano in his west London home. A far cry from his humble beginnings in a small village in southern Italy, from where he worked his way through art school, eventually performing on the streets of London to win 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.
Artistic, intense and formidably inventive, Antonio is a performer of genuine distinction. Ever unpredictable, his is a celebration of the unexpected elements in life, a music of rare delicacy, humour and, not least, passion.
Born and bred in the south of Belgium (in an area called Gaume to be precise) NICO G now lives near Stirling, Scotland, where he continues to make music. He is an instrumentalist; a guitar player and a very good one at that. His most recent offering of songs is in the form of a five track EP, titled The Road Book. The format is simple, one man and his guitar – and it works wonderfully.
A noticeable feature that is persistent through all the pieces is Nico’s ability to take on a range of styles. One minute, he can elicit a lot of energy and produce toe-tapping rhythms – especially prominent in his re-imagining of The Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black – the next, he plays it smooth, and at another moment takes it down at a softer tone.
Tickets will be £20.00 from Hull Box Office, but are not yet released.
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