Unusual Acoustic/Electric Guitar Duo
The Italian guitar duo of Nicola Buffa (electric) and Paolo Travagnin (classical acoustic) have been circulating an eleven song CD-R of instrumentals featuring the musical synthesis of classic and modern sounds, the goal of which is to create an "atmosphere" full of emotional content through sounds and interplay. Both guitarists are professional musicians -- highly skilled and passionate about their instruments -- and the compositions are at once beautiful, rich, achingly melodic and romantic. Songs such as "Quasi Blues", "Vale Valzer" and "Ste" are standout examples of the originality and creativity the pair bring to the recording studio. Clearly, the blend of consummate talents and their common interest in exploring sound will earn the duo a devout following in Italy, Europe and beyond. Buffa/Travagnin was originally profiled in the February-March, 2000 edition of The Undiscovered.
Paolo Travagnin (classical guitarist) began playing rock, blues, country and bluegrass at a young age. He later got his diploma in classical guitar at the "S. Cecilia" Conservatoire. Paolo has collaborated with many artists, has appeared on many television broadcasts and currently teaches in Rome at many music schools and gives private lessons. Nicola Buffa (electric guitar) began studying classical guitar, but later dedicated himself to modern music such as rock blues and jazz. He also has collaborated with many artist, appeared on numerous telecasts, and composed the soundtrack for the movie "Abbandonarsi All Quiete", directed by Roberto Petrocchi. Nicola has played in many of the finest jazz clubs in Italy.
The duo will continue to leap structural barriers, setting free their creative potential.
Paying Homage To His Guitar Heroes
Fly is the recently released CD by Virginia guitarist Phil Zuckerman, a ten song affair featuring cover songs and originals designed to demonstrate the prototype amplifiers built by Eric Pritchard of Pritchard Amps. Zuckerman is chief consultant for Pritchard Amps and is involved in the testing and development process. On Fly, the guitarist pays homage to his heroes by singing and playing songs popularized by Jimi Hendrix ("Them Changes"), Eric Clapton ("Crossroads"), Jeff Beck ("Let Me Love You"), Led Zeppelin ("Rock And Roll") and Steve Cropper ("Green Onions"). There are also four original songs penned by Zuckerman, including the blistering instrumental "Pick A Boogie" and the spacey hard rock of "UFO". This CD has a multitude of guitar sounds, rock-solid axe work, and emotionally charged vocals -- Zuckerman's experience combined with some familiar covers yields a CD worth owning. Zuckerman was originally profiled in the February-March, 2000 edition of The Undiscovered.
Phil has been performing for over 30 years in the Virginia/Maryland area. His recent gigs have included a stint with Dan Aykroyd, with Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, and also Catfish Hodge.
In addition to his work with Pritchard Amps, Zuckerman currently teaches guitar in the Winchester, Virginia.
Zuckerman Music Services
218 W. Whitlock Avenue
Winchester, VA 22601