Antonio Forcione Quartet

Featuring Matheus Nova, Jansen Santana and Jenny Adejayan

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Last Show: Friday 9 th December 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Antonio Forcione celebrates his 10th Anniversary of 'Sketches Of Africa' released in 2012. From the first moment Antonio walks on stage to rapturous applause, a humble smile on his face, guitar in hand, you know you are in the presence of a true artist and are in for an evening with a touch of magic. And as the first deep, warm, intense notes float through the auditorium, you can hear a pin drop and feel the sonic spell of his guitar weaving through the room.  As one critic put it “Imagine an Italian hybrid of Michael Hedges, John McLaughlin and Django Rheinhardt ... ferocious, rampaging, controlled power, meticulous precision and clarity of expression ... astonishing musical personality”.

Antonio’s impressive 20 albums and extensive international tours in festivals and theatres - both as a solo artist, in duo and with his acoustic quartet – have brought high critical acclaim from as far as Australia and Hong Kong to the Caribbean, Russia and all over Europe. He has the ‘hands of a tarantula and the heart of a lion, as another critic so expressively phrased it! 

Here is a quote from Antonio -

“During my travels to Zimbabwe Cape Town and Johannesburgh, I was struck by the wild beauty of the places, the unforgettable sunsets, incredible starry skies, and the warmth and generosity of the people I came across. SKETCHES of AFRICA is like a large canvas that generously shares its space with different stories, a collaboration of many flavors, sounds, and influences.”

Perhaps Antonio’s most remarkable strength as a composer/player is his chameleon qualities. He assimilates the world around him to then play multiple styles. Antonio’s Sketches of Africa album has Africa at its heart. The result is a melodic, passionate album that emotionally resonates with a continent still going through immense change.

Band Line Up

Antonio Forcione (guitar)

Matheus Nova (bass)

Jansen Santana (percussion)

Jenny Adejayan (cello)