Music Spoken Here presents: Francesco Lo Castro Quartet
Thursday 25 May 2023
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
£12.50 in advance, £15 on the door
Lo Castro fuses his Italian melodic sense with funk, drum & bass, jazz harmonies and improvisation for a totally original experience
Italian guitarist, composer, musical director and lecturer Francesco Lo Castro appeared at The Marrs Bar in March with Robert Castelli’s BOOM. This time he returns with his own quartet playing his original music that brings together his Italian background and love of jazz with contemporary funk, soundscape and drum & bass influences.
Aside from his solo work Franceso has a long standing collaboration as guitarist and musical director with international multi-platinum recording artist Patrizio Buanne with whom he has toured the USA, Australia, Asia, Europe and Sounth Africa. He has also recorded for Geoff Wilkinson (Us3) and performed with Jim Mullen, Francesco Mendolia (Incognito), great italian trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta’, Roberto Manzin (James Brown), two times Grammy Award Winner Eric DeFade, Matteo Becucci (XFactor Italy winner 2009), jazz award winner singer Michela Lombardi, Maurizio Minardi and Bruno D’Ambra among others. In his career so far he has performed in prestigious venues and festivals. Among others the Montreal Jazz Festival, Hamer Hall (Melbourne), The State Theater (Sydney), The Concert Hall (New York), the Expo Center (Singapore), The Berklee Performance Center (Boston), the Benedum (Pittsburgh), Barbican Center (London), O2 Arena (London), the Pisa Jazz Festival and Palatrussardi Arena (Milan).
For this show Francesco is joined by Neil Bullock (Mica Paris, Beverley Knight, Chaka Khan, Kenny Thomas, Kid Creole, Dave O’Higgins, John Etheridge, Jean Toussaint) on drums, Rob Statham (Mike Stern, John Etheridge, Jim Mullen, Keith Emerson, Ian Carr’s Nucleus, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Mojo Buford, Ruby Turner and Dana Gillespie) on bass and Sam Leak on keys (“One of the brightest young stars in the jazz piano galaxy, a heavenly improviser and a brilliant prospect for the future.” – Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM).