Tuscan roots meet Flamenco, Bossa and Celtic sounds

Livio Guardi & Wilson Montuori

Diomede (independent, 2003)

This creative duo of Italian guitarists plays laid back evocative music which
includes influences from various Mediterranean lands. The beautiful songs that
feature vocals by Guardi shoe the Tuscan roots of the Italian group. But there
are also Spanish influences, with the use of handclapping percussion, which is
known as palmas in Spanish. There is even a bit of American folk, with the use
of harmonica and banjo, Brazilian bossa nova and a tribute to
Chet
Atkins
and Django Reinhardt. The instrumentals are delightful and feature Guardi and Montuori playing 
variety of stringed instruments, including guitars, mandolin and bouzouki. The
bouzouki adds an Eastern Mediterranean feel to some of the pieces as a tribute
to the music of Greece and Turkey. The two multi-instrumentalists are
accompanied by bassist Andrea “Lupo” Lupi, percussionist Valerio Perla and
flautist Arcadio Barascchi.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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