An intimate concert, surrounded by Picasso's art.
Flavio Sala: World Fusion in Classical Guitar Style.
"Play what you think. Always."
Flavio Sala is about to launch his new recording project (on tour in Russia, between March and April 2019) in which, for the first time, he presents himself as a guitarist and a composer. "The era in which I appeared on stage with my guitar and my uncomfortable elegant suit, I played piece by piece, no words, I bowed and" thank you, goodbye" is over. Now I have an authentic story to share and my music gives me the opportunity to tell who I am, where I come from and where I am going."
Born in Bojano, a small town in the region of Molise, in 1983, Flavio Sala comes from a family with over 100 years of musical tradition. "I was sure I could not play, because I'm left-handed. One day my father put a guitar into my arms and showed me some chords. As soon as I touched the strings, I immediately realized I had found my way. I was just 7."
Winner of prizes in the most prestigious guitar competitions (Gargnano 2001, Michele Pittaluga 2003, San Francisco 2004, Alirio Diaz 2006, Alexander Tansman 2008), Flavio Sala has appeared with the Jury Bashmet New Russia Orchestra, the Turin and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, with the Vladimir Spivakov's "Virtuosi di Mosca's" String Quartet, has played repeatedly at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow (replacing once the flamenco guitarist Gerardo Núñez), at the Hermitage Theater in St. Petersburg, at the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires, at the Grand Teatro das Artes in Belo Horizonte, at the Politeama Theater of Palermo, giving concerts in:
Italy, Spain, Austria, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Argentine, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, United Arab Emirates eand nited States of America.
"Playing the guitar is like closing the door to the world and enter a kind of state of grace. It becomes your life: you do what you love as you go around the world, meet new people, new friends, fans, women...sharing the love for this instrument that many believe to be boring. This make me deeply sad. Yet when you eat a bad lasagna it's always the chef's fault!"
Pupil of Oscar Ghiglia at the "Accademia Chigiana" of Siena, Flavio Sala dreams of a new dimension for his instrument, today mistreated and with no public. "When I was a teenager, Andres Segovia was my God. Then I listened to Paco de Lucia and I realized that the classical guitar could be much more than what it was: incorporating the flamenco and acoustic guitarists’ technique I could widen my vocabulary. I do not stop being a classical guitarist just because of this, but while the purists are concerned with defending the trophies won by someone else and closed in the 'Museum of Tradition', our instrument languishes in the ghetto of guitar festivals. Guitar needs a new audience."
"Flavio Sala Plays Pop", a solo recording album, and "De La Buena Onda", which includes Marcus Miller, Toninho Horta, Jorge Pardo, Mango, Cliff Almond, Otmaro Ruiz, Carles Benavent, Rubem Dantas, Giovanni Baglioni, Rome String Quartet, Alain Perez, Israel "El Piraña", Peppino D'Agostino, Alex Acuña, Daniel Binelli, Huascar Barradas and his brother Simone Sala, have opened a new path for the classical guitar. "After playing 1000 times the same pieces written for classical guitar, I felt in a prison. These albums gave me a new air to breathe and working with these great musicians was an extraordinary experience."
Between 2006 and 2012 he lived for 5 years in Venezuela. After winning in Venezuela the "XIV Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Clásica Alirio Díaz" of Carora and the "Special Award to the best performance of music from Venezuela" by the "Fundacion Vicente Emilio Sojo" of Caracas, Flavio has become one of the most authentic voices of Venezuelan music for guitar, "considered a third category, but it is precisely the popular roots that make people fall in love with our Giuliani and Rodrigo and not the other way round!" In Venezuela, Flavio had the opportunity to meet some personalities, such as José Antonio Abreu, Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Baglioni, Steve Howe, Rafael "Pollo" Brito, Guillermo Moron as well as playing in Venezuela, Cuba, Italy and Greece as a soloist with the "Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela".
In 2014 he moved to the United States of America, with an "O-1 Visa for Artist", giving 90 concerts in two years. "There I studied and understood the Music Business, starting to work on my plan". He has published "Mi Guitarra y Mis Amores" (2016), a new album where his guitar duets with Steve Howe (YES, Asia), Fabrizio Bosso, Cesar Orozco, Antonio Serrano and Rafael "Pollo" Brito: an album that closes the circle.
He plays classical instruments and flamenco handmade by Camillo Perrella. "I am lucky to know a luthier who meets all the needs of the guitarist of the XXI Century and who puts his creativity always at the service of the guitarist, innovating and never copying. Camillo Perrella is a genius, but I'm still the only one who knows that."
Definitively back to Italy, in his native Bojano, Flavio Sala is also a Guitar Professor at the "Lorenzo Perosi” of Campobasso, the same where he studied for 9 years, hineriting the lesson of his teacher, Pasqualino Garzia.
Always attracted by technology, Flavio gives Online Skype Guitar Lessons to students from all over the world and of all levels, creating a sort of an Underground Guitar School.