Gigi had to say:
…perfect listening… perfect adhesion…
After testing his new WAVAYA™ QUADRA custom in-ears.
Gigi is using a Ferrari Red QUADRA and he released an incredible review underlining both the perfect fititng and the perfect sound reproduction of these cIEMs.
Gigi Cifarelli’s video review
Gigi Cifarelli’s biography
From the mid 80’s until the end of the 90s with the release of his first 2 albums, his guitar appears at the top in most of the musical spaces, both in jazz, funky and pop, collaborating in several albums by Mina, Renato Zero, Tullio De Piscopo, Dirotta su Cuba and many other leading singers in the Italian light music scene, he becomes a favorite and a model to follow for many young Italian guitarists, in fact readers of specialized magazines elect him “Best Jazz and Fusion Guitarist” for 5 consecutive years, something that is not repeated in later years because his name is put in a virtual “off chart” Olympus accessed by the musicians voted for 5 consecutive years, in order to vote and give prestige to other emerging talents.
In ’95 he is invited by Marcel Dadi at “Les nuits de la guitare” festival in France and he enters the international scene as he shares the stage with John Scofield, Philip Caterine, Toots Thielemans, Mike Stern and Biréli Lagrène eliciting esteem and admiration everywhere, not only for his great musical energy but also for his great verve and sympathy, in fact in the following years he was chosen to be the godfather of the festival “Sete sur Mere” in the south of France, where he performed with Biréli Lagrène and Silvan Luc and where he will come back twice to meet Pat Metheney and other great names; he also participated in the Marseilles and Toulouse festivals sharing the evening and the stage with Scott Henderson.
He was invited again to play and in addition to his quartet, he played in duo with Biréli Lagrène opening the evening of Larry Carlton.
Later he made a beautiful concert in trio in Paris with Philip Caterine and Biréli Lagrène receiving a standing ovation from the Parisian public.
The French TV dedicated a one hour special to him, in short, France was adopting and appreciating him a lot, but his will of never wanting to undergo any constraint and rule did away with certain dynamics, moreover his passion for cycling often made him refuse gigs that would prevent him from training and competing ….unbelievable but true.
In 2000 he released an album for BMG titled “With the eyes of a child” which brought him back at the top of many sales and liking rankings. The thing that Gigi loves the most is playing live and spending evenings everywhere without having to subdue and formalize, which is seen by many as a limitation and a lowering of his own level, but it is in the midst of people and playing for them that he becomes irresistible, for what and how he does it, his evenings are gatherings of people who enjoy themselves, smile and enjoy music and feelings. In this period he made several concerts with a superlative singer with whom there was an extraordinary agreement: Carl Anderson, the late Judas of the Jesus Christ Superstar show.
In recent years he has participated in many events, playing in different contexts and collaborating with Mike Stern, Pat Martino and Larry Carlton in didactic situations thanks to the Academy of Sound and sharing the stage with Tommy Emmanuel in Monteroduni at the Eddie Lang Jazz Festival and with many other big names.
In 2008 he received the Enriquez award, a theatrical recognition that was assigned for the first time to a musician with the following motivation: for the commitment and artistic coherence combined with a great communicative power.
In the same year he recorded his last live album, in a place very dear to him and to the Milanese night’s audience the “Scimmie”, the album came out in 2009 and was met with great approval as it reveals a very personal guitarist, with his own touch and a way to make music which by now is identifiable and unique.
In this album the spirit of joy and fun that Gigi establishes on stage with his collaborators and with the public comes out also thanks to the particularly successful choice to blend the jazzy atmospheres with the Italian tradition, very impressive the version of “E se domani” with Aida Cooper and the overwhelming journey in the Italian tradition with “O’ sole mio”, “Mia bela Madunina” and “Roma nun fa la stupida stasera”.
He has become an endorser and Italian image for some top-level brands, in particular for Ibanez, and he is flanked by artists such as John Scofield and especially George Benson with whom he has always been associated in some way, but above all with the Italian brand of Marco De Virgiliis already at the top in the world with MarkBass amplifiers and who is now creating a new line of guitar amplifiers named DV Mark with Frank Gambale and Gigi; what is very relevant for Gigi is the fact that a line of “signature” amplifiers dedicated to him will be released on the market, this is undoubtedly a sign of great esteem and consideration and at the same time a certificate of quality and level towards his name that is now recognized by all as a guarantee of quality and strength everywhere.
In the last period he proposed a project for a charity show dedicated to George Benson for the research on serious diseases that then became very welcome and requested, recently presented in Turin on the Gruvillage stage where a festival now consecrated to the highest levels takes place.
The evening was very beautiful and appreciated by Dennis Chambers and Eric Mariental (with whom Gigi had already had a record collaboration) to whom Gigi opened the concert and at the end they wanted him on stage with them to close the night playing with great energy and joy.
Another very nice and intriguing project is the one created with his friend Ronnie Jones, always present in his albums and collaborations; the American singer has always reciprocated the affection and esteem with Gigi, which offers great classics of the soul blues and jazz world rearranged by Gigi for the intriguing and engaging voice of Ronnie.
Many of these events are currently on schedule and running in many locations, in fact in addition to his presence at the Gruvillage Festival, Gigi has just been with Stefano Di Battista, Pippo Matino, Jorge Bezzerra, Roger Biwandu, Ernesto Vitolo and Javier Girotto to hold seminars and concerts for an interesting and compelling week at Villanova D’Albenga for the “Entro Jazz” event, next he will be at the Arona Festival with his project, next he will open the evening for the literary recognition “Premio Fogazzaro” in Menaggio, then he will be at Atri Jazz in Abruzzo and at the memorial for Giulio Capiozzo (never forgotten Area drummer) in Romagna.
For more information about Gigi Cifarelli, his concerts and to listen to his music please visit his official site: http://www.gigicifarelli.net
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