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Antonio Forcione and Adriano Adewale

August 26th, 2015 | by lidia
Antonio Forcione and Adriano Adewale

Acclaimed as the Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar, Antonio Forcione’s concerts have been a Fringe highlight since his debut fifteen years ago. Forcione’s songs are soundtracks for as yet unwritten films, and alongside the gifted Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale, he delighted a sell out first night audience with a series of always melodic instrumental compositions that defied categorisation, moving through township jive, flamenco, jazz and blues with breathtaking virtuosity. Adewale’s playing is always inventive and his battery of percussion instruments includes a string of cashew nuts, a thunder bucket and a bird-caller, hauntingly deployed to bring the African dawn to life in what is usually a lecture theatre. By contrast, their stripped down take on soul standard ‘I heard it through the Grapevine’ is funkier than Marvin Gaye: this is crossover music at its most lyrical and engaging.

Words: Tim Maguire

Antonio Forcione and Adriano Adewale, Assembly George Square, 26-30 August, 8pm