Live tonight in Livermore, California – Luca Stricagnoli. The Italian-born guitar sensation will play four more U.S. dates in Kent, Washington (3-1), Mount Vernon, Washington, (3-2) Big Sky, Montana, (3-3), and Bozeman, Montana (3-5) before heading off to Germany, Portugal and Australia. He will be at the June 1st Festival des Guitares du Monde en Abitibi-Temiscamingue, in Quebec. It begins May 25th.
I stumbled upon this ultra-talented player because of my love of South African-born Trevor Jones’ music written for “The Last of the Mohicans.” It has always been one of my favorite movie scores. The 1757 saga was based on the James Fenimore Cooper historical novel written in 1826, which I once read, but Michael Mann drew more, I learned, from the 1936 movie of the same name, then Cooper’s book. Interestingly, he found a diary of one of the French soldiers that strengthened the 1992 production.*
I also learned that in post-production, Mann scrapped Jones’ electronic score and decided he wanted a more traditional orchestral score. Jones reworked his score but didn’t have time to finish it, and Mann had to hire composer Randy Edelman to complete the music ( * from movie/fone – 17 Things You Never Knew About The Last of the Mohicans).
Anyway, Stricagnoli blew me away with his style of one-handed finger-picking on his 7-string guitar (not to mention the bow and two other guitars he utilizes). I look forward to exploring his music. Livemore is east of the San Francisco Bay area, less than 35 miles from Oakland. The Warriors are at Amway in Orlando tonight. If I were there, I’d check Luca out.
Here also is a link to Jones conducting his score. Beautiful.
Thanks for reading, A.S.