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The vocal showcase

Randolph Matthews & Alessandro Diaferio

Randolph Matthews

Randolph, voice performer, percussionist, loop station and beatbox specialist, is in love with music at 7 years. His mother loved to sing while cooking downstairs of their house and from there Randolph began to learn to sing using recorders that had in his bedroom. At 17 he sang pieces of Marvin Gaye, Peabo Bryson, Lionel Ritchie, Bob Marley and advised him to take classes to develop his talent. At 21 he began to sing in many bands and do a lot of shows, accompanying London American and European artists. At the same time he quit his job at a telecommunications company. It was not his way.

In 2006, he began performing alone: the result are hundreds of concerts and two albums, including the latest "Precious" which contains his most recent musical explorations. He has worked with several international artists as Amp Fiddler, Grace Jones, Jazzanova, Antonio Forcione, Terry Callier, Cheikh Lo, Angelique Kidjo, Don Blackman, Julie Dexter, Arthur Baker, Will Downing, Giles Peterson, Seb Taylor, Natasha Chamberlain, Zena Edwards, Adisa, Byron Johnston, Suen Kuti and Mulatu Estatke. His style does not refer to a tradition. Randolph look into his soul the emotions expressed musically. He uses the guitar to write songs, though the composition often starts from the sound of a bass or rhythm of percussion that he sings in his head and then record in his loop machine. His music is a journey in evolution, rooted in the purity of different expressions, his sound is a volcano erupting.

Alessandro Diaferio
 
Alessandro Diaferio is electro-acoustic guitarist, arranger and versatile composer. He released three Lp: "Balance", "Hendrix's Tales" and "My Keys" and a teaching "open tunings for acoustic and electric guitar" at the Nam in Milan. With twenty years of experience in both teaching and concerts, his plans go live solo formations in organic and wider ranging between different musical genres. He is engaged in clinics and workshops in major professional music schools on the topic of Open Tunings.
 
This work began as a natural consequence of the use of  Open Tunings to the recording and live projects, as they allow you to significantly increase the range of extension of the instrument as the technical and expressive possibilities. In 2007, inside of the international ADGPA Festival, he won first prize for best Italian acoustic guitarist. The "Jimi Hendrix Contest", an event that takes place within the "Milano Guitar Festival", become a finalist with the disc "Hendrix's Tales." Later, participated in numerous other festivals dedicated to Hendrix as the "Jimi Hendrix lives on", "Rockfiles", was also present in live radio broadcasts for LifeGate Radio, Radio Classica and several performances alongside known music critics and journalists, Ezio Guaitamacchi and Enzo Gentile.
 

National and international collaborations us Openings and Found (a) ction, for Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chaka Kahn, Maceo Parker, Tower of Power / Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Openings perRudy Rotta, Tolo Marton, Roberto Ciotti, Blue Stuff, Andy J. Forest, Randolph Matthews, Paul Garner, Nina Ferro, Davide Sanna, Susan Kayne, Bobby Johnson, Melvia Chick Rodgers, Shontelle Norman, Charlie Wood, The Thrust, Folco Orselli Luca DiMoon, Aida Cooper, Cat Power, Malika Ayane, Lorenzo Zecchino, Festival ADGPA 2012 Pieve di Soligo Narni Black Festival 2011, Umbria Jazz 2010-11, Porretta Soul Festival 2011, Narni Black Festival 2010, Ameno Blues Festival 2010, Buscadero Day 2010, Festival JazzKomm 2010.

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