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BEPPE GAMBETTA is a virtuosic guitar player and an emotional singer who manages to effortlessly bridge bluegrass, Eastern European folk music, Celtic rhythms and the music of his native Italy. He is a remarkable musician who has almost singlehandedly popularized flatpicking throughout Europe, while forging his own unique approach to the guitar along the way.
A native of Genoa, Beppe has become one of Europe's foremost guitarists in American idioms. When he was eleven, he heard a guitar strummed by some amateur singers on a train and immediately wanted to devote his life to that beautiful sound. He began by playing in a classical orchestra for plectrum instruments, and when he heard the music of Doc Watson on an LP that a friend brought to Genoa, he decided that flatpicking was the most beautiful way of playing the acoustic guitar. He moved to American music when he founded the Italian bluegrass band Red Wine. Gambetta began to concentrate on a solo career in 1988. He has collaborated with Tony Trischka on Alone Together, and in 2003, he teamed up with some of the world's best (Tony McManus, Don Ross and Dan Crary) to record and tour as Men Of Steel. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.
While Beppe still lives in his native Genova, he travels to North America at least three times each year. His reputation in the U.S. and Canada is reinforced by his participation in prestigious festivals like the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Merlefest in North Carolina, the Four Corners Festival in Colorado and Canadian Folk Festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as events like the radio shows “All Things Considered” and “E-Town”. Beppe has performed in prestigious rooms like the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In his career he has performed with some great heroes of the folk scene like David Grisman, Gene Parsons, Doc Watson and Norman Blake.
In a world dominated by the trends and logic of the market Gambetta's playing and singing stand out for their intimate emotions, communication, research in tone, sobriety and humour. An inspired music thatt modestly avoids relying solely on his high level of technical excellence, but also reveals the innermost feelings of a brilliant, playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly routed in tradition.
With America in his heart and his roots in the sun and the olive trees of the Mediterranean sea, he naturally and seamlessly bridges the shores of the two continents, creating in spite of the interposed ocean a musical "koiné" (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.
Music on its way, proud of the past but looking to the future, able to talk to us in the present because it is rooted in the history of generations of men and women so different but so equal to us. Strolling music, intolerant of frontiers and passports, exclusions and obsessions. Vital music, passionate but sober. It is waving to us. Let's follow it.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT BEPPE:
He's an almost unnaturally gifted flatpicker and fingerstylist, and he's personable to a fault - a charmer who has even the most reticent audience in the palm of his hand in short order. — Taylor Guitars
"Few players on the planet could so successfully fuse an unwavering allegiance to tradition with impatient, wide-eyed vision, tongue-in-cheek humour with solemn devotion, and folksy song styles with progressive improvisation, as Gambetta has done on Slade Stomp... for those who appreciate a sense of adventure in even the most antiquated music. — John D'Agostino
LIZ STRINGER was playing piano before she could talk. The die was cast young. Some argue that she still communicates better with music than with conversation. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, the youngest of three kids. Her Dad was a music teacher, her Mum a literature and history teacher. The house reverberated with music of some kind constantly. There were instruments and books on every surface. And the backyard was littered with Aussie rules footies, cricket bats and tennis racquets. Ball sports and art. It was a good way to grow up.
She’s released four albums and is about to release her 5th studio record, recorded in Portland, Oregon. She wanted adventure again. She needed it. And she also fell in love. With Canada. So she started to plant roots and now she has a record deal and a bunch of beautiful friends there. She’s toured around Australia perpetually for years. She’s played every major festival. She’s revered by her musical peers for her inherent musical talent and low tolerance for bullshit. She neither has, nor wants, industry attention and validation. She’s a musician. It’s pretty simple, really.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT LIZ:
“I am a big fan of Liz Stringer – and you can tell her that!” - Bonnie Raitt
"Liz Stringer is one of the most powerful singer singwriters I’ve heard in a long time. I was instantly moved by the raw honestly of her voice and I’ve never heard anybody who writes like her’” - Frazey Ford
“All the Bridges’ “…gives us the most imposing distillation of Stringer yet… transcending the influences of individual producers, musicians and genres”. - Rhythms Magazine
“Liz Stringer has become one of the most respected singer-songwriters on the national scene” - TheMusic.com “Anyone recalls a Chrissie Hynde-like balance of unsettling lyrical directness and pop composure” - Rolling Stone
“All The Bridges blows in like a gust of fresh Antipodean air, revealing a vibrant and assured talent.” - Exclaim!
“The evolution of Stringer’s musical career is an ongoing process – always simmering, always producing something, whether it be an intimate solo record or a rollicking band album. Basically, Liz Stringer is doing her own thing, her own way, and that’s why we respect her so much.” - Rhythms Magazine