Controchiave Guitar Ensemble: A project founded and directed by Marco Cecilia, SIAE author and composer, and teacher. The project began in 1999 under the name “Orchestra di chitarre Controchiave,” initially composed of over 20 guitarists, and then reached its present formation as a quintet with Marco Cecilia and Giovanni Mascherucci on electroacoustic guitar, Guglielmo Oria on electric and baritone guitar, Cesare Costantino and Nicola Nosengo on classical and baritone guitar. The repertoire is varied and includes original compositions and reworkings of pieces selected from a wide range of apparently distant musical contexts, from Bach to Astor Piazzolla, Queen to Dave Brubeck, Pat Metheny and Jethro Tull. The group has performed widely in venues and festivals, mostly in the Rome area, such as the Giornata della Musica 2008 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2011 editions of the Festa per la Cultura, and at Invito alla Lettura 2012 at the Biblioteca Comunale P. P. Pasolini.

Marco Cecilia completed his classical studies with Francesco Taranto and explored the modern language with Fabio Zeppetella and Enrico Bracco, also attending seminars conducted by Frank Gambale, Tommy Emmanuel, Robben Ford, Scott Henderson, Europa String Choir (study of the New Standard Tuning of Robert Fripp) and others. A SIAE composer and professor at many schools, he has published scores and the pedagogical text “Strumenti per il chitarrista” with the Erom publishing house.

PROGRAM: Marco Cecilia, Suite dei quattro elementi – L’ Acqua, Il Fuoco, L’Aria, La Terra.