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Carlo Aonzo Trio with Steve and Dave Play Dead
The Dance Hall
Kittery, ME
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Carlo Aonzo Trio with Steve and Dave Play Dead
Carlo Aonzo Trio is a musical journey from the Italian tradition to jazz, from classical music to bluegrass: from Europe to America and back...

A voyage through European and American music, revisiting songs chosen from among the international evergreens. The music, which can be offered in different combinations, encompasses a variety of musical genres, from bluegrass to folk dances, from soundtracks to jazz and Brazilian music, from Italian melody to a review of the classical repertoire. A "Mandolin journey" to discover, in the company of this amazing instrument, the common roots of music.

Steve and Dave Play Dead will play and opening set.
Steve Roy & Dave Surette are a duo dedicated to the music of the Grateful Dead. Both Steve and Dave have been stalwarts of the New England folk/bluegrass/roots music scene, and this sound is apparent in their acoustic arrangements of a wide range of Dead classics, featuring Steve on mandolin and vocals and Dave on acoustic guitar and vocals. Their repertoire draws heavily on the Dead material from the early 70s, especially albums such as American Beauty, Workingmans Dead, and Europe 72, yet they perform songs from all phases of the Deads career, and have an extensive working repertoire. In addition to presenting the songs of the classic Garcia/Hunter songwriting collaboration, they also play a wide range of cover material that was performed by the Dead: blues, country, rock, and traditional folk songs. They also cover a number of Dylan songs that were part of the Deads repertoire. Rootsy acoustic sound, harmony vocals, high-quality musicianship and extensive improvisation mark their live performances, and create an exciting evening of music that should appeal to Deadheads as well as fans of folk, bluegrass and old-time.
Carlo Aonzo, mandolinist, is a native of Savona, Italy where he grew up immersed in music. His initial teacher, his father Giuseppe (Director of the "Circolo Mandolinistico G. Verdi di Savona"), instilled in him a love and respect for the mandolin that has remained with him all his life. As a teenager Carlo went on to study with Ugo Orlandi, the current patriarch of the Italian mandolin, at the Cesare Pollini Conservatory in Padua where he graduated with honours (summa cum laude) in 1993. His playing has been recognized with awards at prestigious competitions including winning the "Vivaldi" prize of the 6th annual Vittorio Pitzianti National Mandolin Competition in Venice and first prize at the 27th annual Walnut Valley National Mandolin Contest in Winfield, Kansas.

Carlo has toured throughout Europe, Italy, Japan, the USA and Canada as a soloist and with chamber ensembles and orchestras (both professional and amateur). He has worked with many prestigious musical institutions including La Scala Philharmonic in Milan, Emilia-Romagna Symphony Orchestra, Savona Symphony Orchestra, Cannes Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Chamber Orchestra and as director of the Ligurian Plectrum Orchestra (Orchestra a Pizzico Ligure) who were called to play in the presence of Pope John Paul II. In 1998 he inaugurated the annual winter International Mandolin Festival in Varazze, Italy, and directed many editions of the festival over the years, calling on some of the most respected names in mandolin and guitar to perform there.

He has been a regular faculty member at the mandolin-oriented Kaufman Kamp in Tennessee since 1999 and since 2000 he has offered a popular annual workshop in New York City. He has also taught workshops and appeared as soloist with mandolin organizations in many of the major cities of North America: New York Mandolin Orchestra, Providence Mandolin Orchestra, Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra, Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra, Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra (NJ), Montreal Mandolin Orchestra, Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre, Carlo Munier Mandolin Orchestra (Philadelphia), Denver, Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, Kalamazoo Mandolin Orchestra (premiering Elizabeth Start's Mandolin Concerto in June 2010), Atlanta Mandolins. In Japan he has collaborated with mandolin groups in Kochi, Nagoya and Sendai. He held a hugely successful First Annual Vancouver Mandolin Workshop in June 2010.

In 2006, Carlo conceived and founded the International Mandolin Academy (L'Accademia Internazionale del Mandolino), an association that promotes Italian classical mandolin culture. That same year he inaugurated the week-long workshop of the same name whose purpose is to promote the art of Italian classical mandolin playing, attracting the attention of international fans of the sector. The Academy takes place annually in Italy or Switzerland and participants come from all over the world to attend this event (USA, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Israel, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary, Scotland, Switzerland and Italy).

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The Dance Hall (View)
7 Walker St
Kittery, ME 03904
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No


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