A musical journey following the development of the acoustic guitar from its origins in Spain and North Africa along a path throughout Europe, Africa and the Americas. Playing new compositions and arrangements of rarely played music from the world of the Spanish guitar and from their soon to be released debut album, which will feature an array of exception musical guests from across the globe.
‘Guitar Journey Duet brings together two virtuosic acoustic players of vast experience, flair and musicality. Sardinian Giorgio Serci has the distinction of having worked with both Dr John and the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as jazz guitar master Martin Taylor, Jools Holland and Shirley Bassey, and for over a decade Jonny Phillips has led the Latin American-influenced Oriole, one of the most accomplished bands on the UK jazz scene whose albums and live performances have consistently won extravagant critical praise. Serci and Phillips have immersed themselves in the music of Spain, North Africa and the Americas, studying flamenco and the dance rhythms that carry Hispanic and Latin American melodies and together they transmit their passion for guitar music and the instrument itself with real feeling, beautiful musicianship, compositional mastery, and sincere melodic engagement with the audience.’
Born in Sardinia, but resident in London since 1994, Giorgio Serci is an award-winning guitarist, composer, arranger, and lecturer. He has recorded and shared stages with Jools Holland, Shirley Bassey, Julian Lloyd Webber, Kenny Wheeler, Dr John, Martin Taylor, Nigel Kennedy, Andy Sheppard, Bill Bruford, Paolo Fresu, and the CBS, BBC Concert and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras among many others. Having gained an MMus in Composition at Surrey University, he now works blending jazz, classical and world music with evocative melodies, world grooves and contemporary jazz harmonies.
Known for his band Oriole, one of the most accomplished bands on the UK jazz and world music scenes, which includes cellist Ben Davis, drummer Seb Rochford, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and percussionist Adriano Adewale. He is a founder member of the F-ire Collective, with whom Oriole has released three critically acclaimed albums, and has performed with musicians including Arun Ghosh, Polar Bear, Julia Biel, Roland Gift, and Shabaka Hutchins. His compositions blend Brazilian rhythms, flamenco, British folk and jazz to electrifying effect.
It’s an electrifying pairing and a must-see for guitar music enthusiasts.
“Sardinian Guitarist Giorgio Serci’s music is utterly mesmerizing” – International Guitar Foundation
“Prolific guitarist-composer Jonny Phillips seems to have tunes coming out of his ears” – The Guardian