Mind Boggling is the understated title of Italian guitarist Francesco Fareri's demo CD-R, a three song instrumental affair with an additional intro and outro soundscapes. All three tracks were recorded not to show off Fareri's neoclassical compositions, but to establish one simple fact--Fareri can play at mind boggling, head numbing speed, especially swept licks which seem to dominate the music (at times, it seems almost every passage and run features sweep picking). We're talking Michael Angelo picking speed here, and some of the passages are so fast it doesn't even sound like a guitar is producing the sound. (Is that a good thing? Let the public decide.) When Fareri slows down for a brief moment, it seems to create a sonic vacuum, and it would appear he is much more comfortable, confident and capable playing at hyperspeed than playing quarter or eighth notes. Did we mention he can play fast?
Francesco's guitaristic experience has developed through learning a number of virtuosic techniques along with intense live performance activity in nightclubs around Rome. His influences and inspirational mentors include Jason Becker, Vitalij Kuprij, George Bellas and Yngwie Malmsteen. Francesco has done musical interviews for television (the program "Ottava Nota") and radio ("Radio Espansione"). Francesco has recorded two demos previous to Mind Boggling, "Hurricane" and "Labyrinth", the latter which is available in an Italian specialty shop called Millerecords.
Fareri hopes to collaborate with a record label at some point in the future.
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