Two unforgettable days!
Saturday, March 3, we managed to get to Camposampiero (Pd). The heavy snow of recent days and the highway closure on the day before our journey, had us a bit worried… but everything went well.
The organizers Michele Lideo and Nico Ruffato of the School Spazio Acustico and Philharmonic Academy, were there waiting for us.
The hall was packed. We met again long time friends like Vittorio from Bolzano, Francesco from Roncade and Francesco from Verona who had returned from India the very same day. It was also nice to meet my cousin Dino Larry in a pleasant evening. Franco was at ease on stage. It was a bit like being among family.
He started the concert with repertoire from the CD Miles of Blues, blues soundscapes inspired by his world travels.
In the second half he virtually carried us into Italian and international folk with pieces like Calderai Bigordino Giga, the Greek song in 7/8 time “Samiotisa” and Irish tunes of great fascination.
He brought us into the magical world of Michael Edges to whom he dedicated “Dangerous Roads“, and two other wonderful songs all just released, “Sunny Side of Mind” and “Song for You to Stay.”
Very enjoyable was also the contribution of Michele who on this occasion played with Franco the “Le Meglio Storie con la Mia Chitarra“, a song that fires up the desire to play!
The concert ended with Flowers from Ayako, one of the most famous songs composed in Hiroshima, and Followers of Dulcamara dedicated to all the students and his first ten years of fingerstyle guitar workshops.
At the end of the concert, those of us who were listening, felt as if inebriated by a flow of gratitude to Franco, a Sunny State of Mind, an intimate awareness of having spent a special Saturday night.
It’s a shame that in Italy events like these are increasingly rare and for this reason even more powerful. So an “applause” to those as Michele, Nico, and all the promoters of the evening, strengthened by their common passion, spend energies and time to finalize memorable evenings like this!
It’s a pity that in Italy occasions like these are increasingly rare and for this reason even stronger. So a “praise” to those who, like Michele, Nico, and all the promoters of the evening, strong of their shared passion, spend energy and time to finalize unforgettable evenings like this!
The following Sunday we were greeted by a lovely sunshine. Some students were already there waiting for Franco, perhaps wondering what he was like as a teacher.
Instead of performing a second concert, which perhaps would not have added much to what had already taken place the night before, but above all, would not have had any practical effect on the personal educational progress of each participant, Franco decided instead to invite them to play a small piece of their choice, anything, encouraging everyone to do so. After a moment of hesitation at the beginning, little by little they all felt at ease and indeed with the desire to share with everybody the experience gained on the guitar. So Franco was able to offer targeted suggestions for each of them. It was cool.
Then there were me and Margot … but that’s another story 🙂
Thanks to the great Nico, guitar enthusiast but also an amazing photographer!
A big hug to everyone.