Livio Guardi and Wilson Montuori are an acoustic duo who have found their unique musical blend after ten years of performing together. Their repertoire includes songs in English and Italian, and they play instrumental pieces that draw from Mediterranean, Blues, Old-Time, Jazz, Latin and Irish music. The variety of instruments and their touch of Italian humor makes this duo an incredible musical journey. Livio and Wilson have played extensively in ltaly in renowned clubs like the "Armadillo" in Sarzana (Sp), the "Teatro Marconi" in Salzano (Ve), the "Folkclub" in Rome, the "Bluesin" in Vicchio, and important acoustic festivals like the "Musicanti" in Torino.
From "Fantastic, invigorating, hip-moving acoustic guitar," (as the Italian paper La Nazione di Empoli called their performance), to open-tuning boogie-woogies and Scottish banjo standards, to soul-wrenching Italian blues and waltzes and haunting melodies "born in the silence of a winter's night," Guardi and Montuori's will take you on a whirlwind musical world tour without asking you to so anything even remotely resembling holding hands and singing "we are the world."
Livio Guardi (guitar, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki and vocals) was born in Florence, Italy. He toured throughout Europe and United States with singer / songwriter Paul Stowe, with whom he appeared in "Suddeutschfernsehr", a German television program. He was the founder of the Celtic group "Dagda", who has backed up Bob Geldof and the Chieftains, among others, Livio recorded a solo album called "Com é strano" in Florence, where he lives, performs and teaches music.
Wilson Montuori (guitar, violin and vocal) first began playing guitar in Barcelona, Spain when he was ten years old. He then continued developing his music career in his native city Florence, Italy, where he played with numerous bands, including the Italian band Coda, with whom he recorded a CD. He presently lives in New York City where he performs with "I Giullari di Piazza", a music and theater company that specializes in traditional Italian music from southern Italy. Wilson teaches guitar in Manhattan.
The exact date of this concert is not known, but it occurred in the marked year around this time.