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Mandolin Mondays #158 w/ Special Guest Massimo Gatti

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Italian mandolin innovator and founder of the oldest bluegrass band in Italy, Bluegrass Stuff, Massimo Gatti joins us on Mandolin Mondays to play an beautiful original tune on his custom Giacomel J5 mandolin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPLgSD22CKM

Massimo has had his hand in the Italian acoustic music scene for over 40 years. Since the start of his band Bluegrass Stuff in 1977, he's gone on to pioneer many other musical endeavors including his work with Kujacoustic, The Impossible String Consort, Claudio Sanfilippo e ilzendelswing, and others. Of Massimo, the one and only David Grisman says, "Massimo Gatti is one of the new breed of mandolin player all over the world who is re-reinventing mandolin music and I congratulate him." You can read more about Massimo in this interview he did with Mandozine a while back: http://www.mandozine.com/media/CGOW/gatti.html

Massimo gives the back story to the music in this video here, "A very sweet tune that I dedicate to my lovely partner Sara that uses to be a Flight Assistant. Sara's nickname was Wolke that means Cloud in German language. By the way Nuvole in Italian means Clouds. I wrote the first part of the tune on a night in May in 2013 while I was in Denmark thinking about Sara! The second part comes several months later of the same year.

I recorded this tune recently with Kujacoustic an acoustic trio I play with for our new CD Inniņ (in nessun dove) that will be out the next year. We recorded also a video in the garden of my house the last October (links below).

I used a Giacomel J5 custom mandolin black face (the only one) with a custom peghead inlay designed by Sara that Corrado built for me on December 2015."

Be sure to connect with Massimo at the following links below for more information about his music and performance schedule:

www.mandolin.it
www.bluegrass.it
www.kujacoustic.it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xUyYChZ3_4
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6u...rReoNnx16iORFw

And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

Happy Picking!
David

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Comments

  1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Welcome, Massimo. Always great to hear your wonderful music!
  2. Demetrius's Avatar
    Beautiful!
  3. Glassweb's Avatar
    Heart and soul in that one... very nice! Bravo Massimo!
  4. Paul Statman's Avatar
    Beautiful song, Max. Bravo!
  5. Potosimando's Avatar
    Molto grazie, Massimo!

    Just to broaden the spectrum a bit, Massimo Gatti is not only a wonderfully talented and innovative mandolinist and musician, but he also is a gem of a person—generous with his time and his resources, as personable as all-get-out, with an ever-present demeanor of helpfulness. A kind and worthy friend to many.

    And…tomorrow you can wish Massimo a Happy Birthday (the “Eighth of January”, no less).

    Ciao, Massimo. Jim
  6. Bud Barnwell's Avatar
    Absolutely awesome song. Got to check some more of your music out.
  7. Mambolino's Avatar
    Thanks for all the nice comments about my music and myself!