FRANCESCO LOCCISANO | Baroque Guitar
ANDREA PICCIONI | Frame Drums, Percussion
Tradition is a living, evolving process that renews and regenerates itself through the ceaseless work of its bearers. This is the essence of the meeting between Francesco Loccisano (baroque guitar) and Andrea Piccioni (frame drums): the exploration of modes and sounds symbolizing the millennia-old Italian tradition, going beyond the label of “folk” where tradition serves as a starting point for a sonic dialogue and exploration. They aim to deconstruct and reconstruct not through simplistic fusion but by delving into the essence and core of sound. An intense, vibrant, and never predictable journey. Two great interpreters, creators of a synthesis between tradition and innovation, never simplistic and always conscious.
Francesco Loccisano, a long-time collaborator with Eugenio Bennato, Mimmo Cavallaro, Vinicio Capossela, Gianna Nannini, was the first Italian musician to introduce the baroque guitar at the Sanremo Festival. Loccisano’s innate talent and his deep passion for the baroque guitar, capable of producing sounds of undeniable charm, led him to develop his own interpretive and execution style, which was widely appreciated by an increasingly broader audience. Francesco managed to extract a previously unexpressed potential from his instrument. The baroque guitar became not only a supporting instrument for singing but also a solo instrument with a unique character.
Andrea Piccioni, described by the “Musica jazz” magazine as an “absolute master of frame drums,” has crossed the boundaries of jazz, world music, and classical music with his style, collaborating with numerous artists including Bobby McFerrin, Paul McCandless, Les Haulz et Les Bas, Gianluigi Trovesi, Luciano Biondini, Manfred Leuchter, Lucilla Galeazzi, and Wu Man. As a founding member of the Master of Frame Drums quartet alongside Glen Velez, Zohar Freesco, and Murat Coskun, he is also a highly respected educator and teacher.