5th Gibraltar International Jazz Festival
VIP TICKETS :
Priority Seating for the Show
Rehersal Pass for Al Di Meola
Q&A with Al Di Meola
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MATT BIANCO Meets New Cool Collective is a UK group formed in 1982 by Mark Reilly (vocals),Danny White (keyboards) and the late Kito Poncioni (bass) , all originally members of the band Blue Rondo A La Turk. For their first album "Whose Side Are You On ?" they hired unknown polish vocalist Basia Trzetrzelewska. Her vocal arrangements gave the album a jazzy dimension that Reilly and White couldn't anticipate and hits like "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Half a Minute" turned Matt Bianco into one of the biggest acts of the 1980s . The bands name suggests that Matt Bianco is a personal name, but Matt Bianco is a fictitious character they invented from the spy, secret agent world that laid the concept for their music and imagery. "We loved spy TV themes and film scores from the 50s/60s/70s" said Mark Reilly
Basia and Danny White left the group after the first album to pursue a solo-career with Sony under the name Basia. Mark Reilly now without a musical partner found keyboard player and session musician Mark Fisher and recorded the next (self titled) Matt Bianco album which included the big hit "Yeah Yeah", followed up by a European tour that saw them perform in front of more than 250,000 people.
Now Matt Bianco was a household name in Europe and Warner Brothers thought it was time to get them into the U.S. market. In 1988 they hired Gloria Estefan's husband and producer Emilio Estefan and recorded the album "Indigo", which included the singles "Don't Blame It On That Girl" and "Good Times". Another song "Wap Bam Boogie" became European dance single of the year.
Al Di Meola's ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner, and prolific composer, he has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return to Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic Guitar Trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of fretboard fanatics who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola's writing along with the soulfulness and the inherent lyricism of his guitaristic expression have won him legions of fans worldwide beyond the guitar aficionado set.
A pioneer of blending world music and jazz, going back to early Latin-tinged fusion outings like 1976's Land of the Midnight Sun, 1977's Elegant Gypsy and 1978's Casino, the guitar great continues to explore the rich influence of flamenco, tango, Middle Eastern, Brazilian and African music with his World Sinfonia, an ambitious pan-global group that he formed in 1991. Their exhilarating world music fusion has been documented on such releases as 2000’s The Grande Passion (featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra), 2007’s Live in London, 2011’s Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody and the stunning 2012 DVD, Morocco Fantasia (recorded at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco and featuring special guests Said Chraibi on oud, Abdellah Meri on violin and Tari Ben Ali on percussion).
This show will also include local band - Levanter Brezze
Ministry of Culture
What is Accessible seating ? This area is reserved solely for fans with disabilities and their companions.
St Michael's Cave
Pick will as from 18:30 opposite the Cable Car & Market Place. Please arrive early
Public Market & Cable Car