Antonio Forcione Trio

Featuring Matheus Nova and Jansen Santana

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Last Show: Thursday 8 th December 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

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! 

“One of the greatest acoustic guitarists”

The Guardian

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.

Jansen Santana (multi-instrumentalist) was born in Salvador-Bahia-Brazil on the 10/09/1992. He began his music career at the tender age of 3.  He accompanied his father, the Artist Peu Meurray on his shows, who is his biggest musical influence, as well as his mother, singer Cida Nunes.

He has been involved in projects with different concepts and music genres, national and international percussion festivals, cultural and environmental projects. MUSIC is his 1st priority and way of life!

Currently living in London. He plays and produces with independent artists like him, dedicated to his solo work, in which he has been recording and composing, based on the researches of the places he visits, and the influences of the music on the streets of Salvador, Bahia, Northeast region of Brazil where he was born and raised.

Matheus Nova (Electric & acoustic Bass) was born in Bahia Brazil. Son of a pianist, he began learning music when he was 6 years old. Matheus is very popular in the Latin and London music circles and is recognised for his ability to ‘design’ astonishing bass lines. It has been said of him that he has the ability to “transform folkloric into “funkloric”.” Matheus has performed with many groups, including the Brazilian Samba Divas Elza Soares and Alcione.

Band Line Up

Antonio Forcione (guitar)

Matheus Nova (bass)

Jansen Santana (percussion)