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by Livio Lamonea

Jazz fusion, guitar oriented
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jungle city
6:37 $0.99
2. I don't care
6:58 $0.99
3. (To be) a woman in Naples
4:58 $0.99
4. Il senso della frammentazione
5:08 $0.99
5. Too high
5:02 $0.99
6. That warm feeling
5:44 $0.99
7. Summer of love
4:32 $0.99
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Session man, sideman, solo artist and clinician, was born in Naples (Italy) on July 11, 1976.

He started studying classical, acoustic and electric guitar as self-thought when he was 13 years old. At 15 years his first live show, where he played compositions by Y. J. Malmsteen and J. Satriani. At 16 years he enrolled to several music contests, where he’s been awarded prices as best guitar player and best band. He gained experience playing live as leader of several different bands, playing covers by Steve Vai, The Dixie Dregs, The Steve Morse Band and Dream Theater. He participates to stages, clinics and workshops with internationally renowned guitar players such as Mike Stern (’93), Scott Henderson (’94), Steve Morse (’96 and ’97), Joe Diorio (’98), Frank Gambale (’98 and ’99), Maurizio Colonna (’98 and ’99), Jim Hall (’00).

He teaches modern electric guitar at J.A.M. in Pomigliano D’Arco (Naples) since ’97 ( www.spaziomusica.it ) and at A.M.M. in Aversa (Naples) since 2005 ( www.accademiadimusicamoderna.tk ). From ’00 to '05 he’s been the leader of “ Zarabeth ”, a fusion trio where he played the music of the English guitar legend Allan Holdsworth. From April to September ’04 he attended the Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.) at the world’s famous Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, graduating “with Vocational Honors” , the most prestigious title awarded by M.I.’s special jury.

Music contests

First prize as best band both by the specialized jury and by the audience jury, first place as best guitar player at Parete Rock Festival ’92.

First prize as best guitar player at Parete Rock Festival ’93.

Promoter and Art director for the “VillariccaMusicaGiovane” music contest, 3^ edition, September ’03.

Promoter for the “M. M. Ponce” classical guitar contest, 1^ edition, December ’03.

Jury for the Top rock guitarist contest, October '06

Stages, clinics, private lessons, open counselings and live playing workshops in U.S.A.:

Howard Alden, Jean-Marc Belkadi, Nuno Bettencourt, Marcelo Berestovoy, Ross Bolton, Phil De Gruy, Joe Diorio, Jamie Findlay, Robben Ford, Brett Garsed, Dan Gilbert, Paul Gilbert, Ted Greene, Lupo Groinig, Scott Henderson, Dave Hill, Allen Hinds, Gary Hoey, Ernst Homeyer, Sid Jacobs, Tom Kolb, Albert Lee, Micheal Manring, Beth Marlis, David Oakes, Scott Parker, Dave Pozzi, Jamie Rosenn, Carl Shroeder, Gary Solt, Derek Trucks, Dale Turner, Carl Verheyen.

As sideman

Nuovamente (’94) author and performer of the tune “ Angel “

With Luca Sepe (Italian pop singer): live, Tv and recording studio collaborations (’00 and ‘01)

With Jenny Sorrenti (Celtic-folk singer): classical, acoustic and electric guitars on the new album “Com’è grande enfermidade” (’04) and live performances, among other, at: Irpinia Folk Festival ’03 (Av); Rassegna Suoni dal Mondo (Fg); Rassegna RomaEstate ’03 (Rm); Telethon ’04 (Na).

Associate founder of “Musica76” cultural association, in which he promotes music contests, shows and other activities finalized to the diffusion of musical arts



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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Livio Lamonea - Modern
This Italian guitarist is an alumnus of prestigious GIT - Musicians Institute Hollywood (California). Currently, Livio is a guitar teacher at J.A.M. in Pomigliano D'Arco and Accademia di Musica Moderna in Aversa (both schools in Naples). His name can be associated with a band Zarabeth and a close cooperation with Luca Sepe and Jenny Sorrenti. He had also many chances to participate in clinics, workshops and gigs with the likes of Mike Stern, Scott Henderson, Steve Morse, Joe Diorio, Frank Gambale, Maurizio Colonna and Jim Hall among others.

After many years of learning and musical experiences, Livio's first solo release was born. Of course, Livio playes all guitars here and is surrounded by a powerful line-up: Gino Pisani (drums), Massimo Mercogliano (bass), Alessandro Anzalone (fretless bass) and Massimo D'Ambra (keys).

Starting from the beginning, I can write that "Modern" moves around an improvised smooth jazz. All the compositions are grounded on a strong bass foundation that is covered with Livio's light improvisations. There is no incertitude that keyboard background makes this kind of music more accessible for a wider group of potential listeners. The musical offer by Mr. Lamonea is also consistent with a conception of free jazz which allows musicians to improvise on stage without restraint. I am convinced that "Modern" would go well on the stage. Livio's music is enough "capacious" to include many unique elements and enrich by interesting parts live. I do enjoy all sonic tints of his guitar and a "sexy" and "serpentine" parts by Alessandro Anzalone on a fretless bass as well. Here is also a cover called "Too High" by Steveland Judkins a.k.a. Stevie Wonder who is most known as a vocalist and rock and soul music composer. I must admit that Livio's version of this track is charming.

In my opinion, the album's title is a bit "perverse", haha. His music isn't "modern" in the meaning of a contemporary studio technology (e.g. samples or patches), but very traditional. I guess that aforementioned title can refer to one of music schools Livio is teaching at, but it's only my personal conjecture. Anyway, "Modern" includes almost all secrets of relaxing jazz. A virtuosity needn't mean one hundred notes per second, but also "warm feeling" as one of compositions' title points to us. "Modern" is a subtle jazz music wrapped up in a discreet (or rather soft) virtuosity.

Ovidiu Dumitrescu

modern and inspired indeed...
What we have here is an absolutely superbe album of MODERN fusion!Trully MODERN and inspired and the only weak point,if we can talk about one,its the fact that it's too short,speaking of timing!But ,it's better to have aproximately 40 minutes of dense and great music than a diluted 70 minutes one!From "Jungle city" to "Summer of love",everything is a pure ear candy and fans of MODERN fusion will be 100% delighted and satisfied!Great compositional skills and the musicianship and playing is perfect!Superbe production too,crystal clear and every instrument sounds 0k!
Sinceres congratulations,and pay attention everybody to MODERN ,because it is a true inspired fusion guitar album!BRAVO!!!


Amazing debut recording of a new young italian guitar virtuoso...
Great debut solo album by a young italian guitar virtuoso. The whole record gives an awsome demostration of very good musicality, nice compositions and amazing technical skills. An elegant and complex fusion, passing through different influence, with a remarkable personality by the trio. Nice grooves, modern and structurized armonies and some really tastfull and virtuosistic guitar solos. A must for all the fusion fans and electric guitarist. Brilliant!