Richard Smith and Francesco Buzzurro Announce "Un Mondo, Due Chitarre"

July 6, 2011
<img src="/Portals/0/Chitarre_Cover.jpg" alt="img" style="float: left; margin-right: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px;" />Chart topping jazz guitarist Richard Smith and classical guitarist Francesco Buzzurro announced today the release of their upcoming recording,&nbsp;<em>Un Mondo, Due Chitarre</em>. The 10 song collection will be available online and in hard copy starting September 27. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Since their initial meeting in 2005, the two have strived to create a presentation that combines their unique musical backgrounds into an anthology of tunes enjoyable and appreciated by the masses.&nbsp;<em>Un Mondo, Due Chitarre</em> takes its audience on a musical journey outside each respective player&rsquo;s genres to explore new dimensions in the sound of two guitars. The opening piece, an original composition from Buzzurro, &ldquo;Paisaje&rdquo; sets the tone as the music weaves through arrangements of Chick Corea&rsquo;s &ldquo;Spain&rdquo;, Stevie Wonder&rsquo;s &ldquo;Isn&rsquo;t She Lovely&rdquo;, Herbie Hancock&rsquo;s &ldquo;Cantaloupe Island&rdquo; and ends in a finale of The Who's &ldquo;Pinball Wizard&rdquo;.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> On the surface, the two seem like an unlikely pair. If you delve further, within each musician, there is a very deep love for not only the guitar, but for the music. Smith is an American born guitarist, best known for his numerous chart topping hits and achievements. &nbsp;He also chaired the first ever Studio/Jazz department of its kind at the University of Southern California. He now teaches in USC&rsquo;s Popular Music Program. &ldquo;We are the first university in the country to offer a bachelors degree in popular music,&rdquo; says Smith. &nbsp;Sicilian born Buzzurro is best recognized as an award winning classical guitarist. He is one of the world&rsquo;s foremost authorities on Sicilian folk music. &nbsp;His knowledge is so commanding that he is recognized by the Italian government as one of the Ministers of Culture. Of Buzzurro, Smith says &ldquo;He plays everything, from Queen to Bach and you have to hear him play tarantella &ndash; it&rsquo;s simply amazing.&rdquo; Tarantella is traditional Italian folk music familiar to Americans as the music they hear in Italian restaurants and The Godfather movies.<br /> <br /> As to the selection process of tracks on the new recording, Smith adds this: &ldquo;The selected tracks come from performing together as a duo for the past five years. Throughout various festivals and concert halls, we often open up the set to requests from the audience. &nbsp;Over time, it became clear that these particular songs have a certain resonance with the crowd. These songs reach out to music lovers of all kinds. When we perform these tunes, anywhere around the world, everyone knows that&rsquo;s a Stevie Wonder song. &nbsp;As a performer, I can&rsquo;t begin to tell you how wonderful it is to see your audience light up the way they do when we perform these tunes.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Together, Buzzurro and Smith have toured Greece, Crete, the United States and Italy, where, in 2009, the duet was awarded the Presidential Medallion for artistic excellence. A tour to support <em>Un Mondo, Due Chitarre</em> is in the works and will be announced in the upcoming months.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/BuzzurroSmithGuitar" target="_blank"><strong>www.facebook.com/BuzzurroSmithGuitar</strong></a>.
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