Antonio Forcione Trio

With Matheus Nova and Jansen Santana

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Last Show: Thursday 7 th December 2023

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! 

‘Forcione is mesmerizing .. passion, grace and fire’ The Times

“A performer of world class status ... forceful and with an enviable technique, he takes the guitar to new levels of expression combining its melodic powers with dramatic percussive effects. Forcione boldly goes where no guitarist has gone before and the results are quite spectacular ... miss him at your peril”. The Stage

The multi award-winning Antonio Forcione, acoustic guitarist, composer and talented artist, is a highly charismatic and inventive performer. The world acclaimed guitar master is delighted to be performing at PizzaExpress Live with his vibrant and original blend of jazz, Latin, African and flamenco sounds. Antonio takes the guitar to new levels of expression and his numerous awards around the world are a testimony to his genius. Be prepared to both laugh and be moved as he celebrates the unexpected elements in life with delicacy, humour and not least, passion. International tours have brought high critical acclaim from as far as Australia and Hong Kong to Russia, the Caribbean, USA and all over Europe.  His albums have variously topped UK and international jazz charts and he has shared the stage worldwide with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians.

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)