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Old Town Center for the Arts
Valentines Day Concert
Friday, February 14, 7:00 pm
$18 advance, $20 door, $25 priority
World renowned guitarist Anthony Mazzella returns to Old Town Center for the Arts following four previous sellouts at OTCA. Anthony returns to dazzle and astound concertgoers with his deft defying abilities on acoustic and electric guitars. The technical proficiency required to execute his fingerstyle guitar technique is nothing short of amazing.
For this concert Mazzella will feature music from all of his solo CD's as well as new versions of classic rock songs.
Anthony Mazzella is one of the most virtuosic and passionate guitar players in the world today. Anthony began his performance career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in most every live music club in Manhattann including:The Bitter End, CBGB's, Cat Club, Cafe Wah, Birdland etc. Anthony then landed a headlining spot at the BLUE NOTE NYC just one year after street performing in front of it and spent the following years touring colleges and universities all over the USA . He then went on to performing on stages all over the world as a solo artist and as the concert guitarist for world music master Omar Faruk Tekbilek. Anthony currently performs at the top resorts in Scottsdale and Sedona Arizona and performs internatioanlly at corporate and private events for Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio, The Mirage, Montage, Nike, Puma...
He has opened for headlining artists, James Brown, Tower of Power , The Commodores, and Spyro Gyra. A noteable performance was at The Vatican in Rome Italy where Anthony lived for several years. His original music is composed with a fusion of world influences consisting of acoustic and electric fingerstyle, classical, flamenco, jazz, funk, R&B, celtic, ambient, rock, medieval & near-eastern. In 1997 he recorded his debut solo CD titled Electric Fingerstyle Guitar which was re-mastered in 2011. In 2001 he recorded BRIO with platinum selling recording artist Chris Spheeris and was an awarded “best acoustic instrumental album of 2001” by NAV.
In 2002 he recorded his second solo CD titled Unity where each song is diverse in genre to showcase all the styles Anthony is capable of playing. In 2006 he collaborated with three time Grammy nominated artist William Eaton, together they composed and recorded a CD for the Electric Harp Guitar Group. In 2009 Anthony recorded 12 new solo guitar compositions rich in spirit and appropriately entitled Heavenly Guitar. Last year Anthony released his 6th recording which is a fusion of Spanish guitar and Near-Eastern music in a recording titled Ritual.
Mazzella began studying music on the violin at age five. He then proceeded to learn the rudiments of music on piano until falling in love with the guitar at age thirteen. Throughout his adolescence he studied with several private guitar teachers, but Anthony attributes the greater part of his education to ear training. His influences are many, but none more profound than the music and techniques of guitar masters such as Michael Hedges, Pat Metheny, Carlos Montoya, Eddie Van Halen, Andres Segovia and countless others. In the nineties Anthony shared his musical insights by teaching at Knopf Music (where he once took guitar lessons), as a private instructor, and at the Long Island School for Music and Arts. Anthony was also one of the few chosen understudies of world-renowned guitar master Stanley Jordan.
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