Saturday, March 3 we managed to get to Camposampiero (Pd). The copious snow of the last days and the closure of the highway the day before the departure got us a little worry, but then everything went well.
The organizers Michele Lideo and Nico Ruffato of the Spazio Acustico and the Filarmonica Academy were waiting for us. During the first half of the concert, Michele entered the scene playing the cross-picking part of “Le Meglio Storie con la Mia Chitarra” with Franco, one of the pieces played by the orchestra of the participants in the annual workshop of Malosco. The hall was packed. We have seen longtime friends like Vittorio from Bolzano, Francesco from Roncade and Francesco from Verona who that morning had just arrived back from India. It was also nice to find my cousin Dino Larry in a pleasant evening. Franco on stage was at ease and played with transport and skill. We felt like being in a family. In the first part of the concert, he played pieces from the Miles of Blues CD, with beautiful songs. The second half he virtually transported us from Italian folk with Calderai Bigordino Giga to the Greek song in 7/8 Samiotisa and some very charming Irish songs. He also gifted us three wonderful instrumental songs that will be on the next album: Dangerous Roads, Sunny Side of Mind and Song for You to Stay. The concert ended with Flowers from Ayako, one of his most famous song, and Followers of Dulcamara dedicated to all the students and his first ten years of fingerstyle guitar seminars. At the end of the concert, we felt a flow of gratitude for Franco in the room, and I think that everyone felt a deep satisfaction in having been able to spend a Saturday evening different from usual. Too bad that in Italy such occasions are increasingly rare and for this reason even more important. So a “praise!” to those like Michele, Nico and all the promoters of the evening, strong of their shared passion, have wanted to spend energies and time to the promote unforgettable evenings like this!
The day after, Sunday, March 4, several students were waiting to Franco for the seminar. All of the arrived perhaps with different motivations, but I felt everybody was sharing the curiosity in hearing what a musician like him could express in teaching. So, instead of performing in a second concert, which probably would not have meant much for the formation of each participant, Franco began to listen to a small piece of free choice, encouraging each one to play it in front of others nothing extraordinary, maybe only some notes. So there was a little advice for everyone with a direct and personal look at their way of playing, putting everybody at ease and feeling closer to the Master!
Then there were myself and Margot too. But this is another story.
To you the best photos, a gift by the great Nico sorted from concert and seminar.
A big hug!