We are happy to introduce the Latin Jazz part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents Almonte and Molina – A Guitar Duologue.
Growing up in the hothouse of Latin-American rhythms and styles, and schooled in the art of jazz and improvisation, the duo explores and develops time-honoured songs and original compositions in a unique and innovative style. Rodrigo Almonte (Peru) and Orlando Molina (Chile/Venezuela) are both guitarists and composers, and they have combined forces to create an artistic work that blends elements of Jazz and Latin-American Music which welcome the listener to experience the duo’s musical friendship.
Originally from Venezuela, Orlando Molina has gained recognition not only for his mastery as a guitarist and composer but also for his versatility as a musician. He has been invited to perform for important public figures such as Mr. President Michael D. Higgins (Ireland), Wynton Marsalis, David Bisbal, Ruben Blades, Conor McGregor among others. In addition, Orlando has performed, toured and recorded with artists such as Andreas Morricone, Gustavo Dudamel, Ronan Guilfoyle, Miguel Siso, Phil Ware, Marie Séférian, David Pabón, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Guaco, Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, Chino y Nacho, Oscarcito, Andy Duran, Simón Bolívar Big Band, ‘El Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Sinfónicas de Venezuela’, to name just a few.
More info: www.orlandomolinamusic.com
Rodrigo Almonte is a Peruvian guitarist and composer based in Dublin. He has played extensively on the Peruvian and European jazz scene with his own different musical projects. His lyrical melodies, fresh chords and intricate rhythms are equally present and well-balanced on his solos and compositions. With his South American and contemporary jazz influences, Almonte brings a unique approach to music. Rodrigo’s latest album ‘Distancia’ is already available on all digital platforms.
More info: www.rodrigoalmonte.com
- Orlando Molina (Electric Guitar / Nylon String Guitar)
- Rodrigo Almonte (Electric Guitar)