FRANCESCO LOCCISANO – MARCELLO DE CAROLIS DUO of CHITARRA BATTENTE
Official Selection Womex 2023
Francesco Loccisano and Marcello De Carolis express in this concert all the sonic and evocative potential of a traditional instrument: the chitarra battente (the ten-string guitar).
Their concert could be summed up as “‘The Best of,” the best of Francesco Loccisano’s last three albums, “Battente Italiana” (2010), “Mastrìa (2013) and “Solstizio” (2017). A carefully chosen repertoire with Marcello De Carolis rearranged for two beating guitars.A project that represents the avant-garde of the beating guitar with which new frontiers of guitar dialogue are explored, starting from the SOUTH and reaching all over the world thanks to the wide dynamic range and a mixture of southern sound, poetry, composition and contemporaneity.
Francesco Loccisano and Marcello De Carolis tell how there is no precise moment when their collaboration began, but from the very beginning an exchange was created with one purpose, the art of the beating guitar: “at first it seemed impossible to make two solo instruments dialogue, but the sound immediately took shape and uniqueness the moment creativity and expression became accomplices.” The duo has under their belt the publication of “The Beating Guitar – Basic Method” published by fingerpicking.net. They have recently performed at numerous festivals including: Les Internationales de la Guitare in Montpellier (France), Le Ali della Città Rome, XXXVI International Guitar Festival in Lagonegro (Pz), Alica Festival, Conservatorio di Musica F. Cilea di Reggio Calabria, VII Festival del Mandolino di Avigliano (Pz).
The duo has received numerous awards and was included in the Official Selection Of Showcase Artists of the prestigious Womex 23, the world’s largest music expo that hosts the best international musical and cultural diversity.