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Gianfranco

GIANFRANCO CONTINENZA,
(chitarrista, compositore, arrangiatore e docente) si è guadagnato la fama come Jazz/Fusion guitar wizard, ottenendo crediti di artisti del calibro di Billy Cobham, Joe Diorio, Jimmy Bruno, Phil Upchurch, Vic Juris, Don Mock, Bob Mintzer, Bill Evans, Dean Brown, John Beasley, Mark Egan, John Stowell, Carl Verheyen, etc. Ha iniziato a suonare la chitarra ad 8 anni grazie al padre Nino (chitarrista jazz). All'inizio ha studiato chitarra classica per 5 anni per poi concentrare i suoi studi verso la chitarra moderna e Jazz. Nel 1991 si è trasferito in California per frequentare il Musicians Institute di Hollywood dove si è graduato con il massimo dei voti al G.I.T. (Guitar Institute of Technology) nel settembre1992, studiando con i migliori maestri mondiali quali: Joe Diorio, Don Mock, Scott Henderson, Ron Eschéte, Howard Roberts, Peter Sprague, Gary Willis, Jennifer Batten, Steve Trovato, Jeff Berlin, Tommy Tedesco, Mike Miller e molti altri.
Ha suonato e registrato con molti artisti di fama mondiale come Bill Evans, Joe Diorio, Mark Egan, Don Mock, Bob Mintzer, John Beasley, Michael Manring, Tetsuo Sakurai, Jeff Richman, Scott Kinsey, Jamie Findlay, Barrett Tagliarino, Richard Smith, John Stowell, Marco Minnemann, etc.
Nel 2014 ha fondato i HCL Funk Reaction con Francis Hylton (Incognito) al basso e Rick Latham (B.B.King) alla batteria con molti live all’attivo.
Gianfranco è stato il primo docente di "Chitarra Jazz" del Conservatorio di Pescara dove ha insegnato anche Teoria Musicale. Ha inoltre fondato (nel 1994) la C.M.A. (Contemporary Music Academy) di Pescara, una delle più avanzate scuole Europee dove è docente di chitarra Jazz/Fusion. Ha esordito nel 2008 con suo Album solista “The Past Inside The Present” (ESC Records) feat. Bill Evans (Miles Davis, John McLaughlin) e Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech, Joe Zawinul) che nel 2008 è stato primo in classifica come miglior Album di chitarra Jazz/Fusion per la Tower Records USA ed è stato il secondo Album più venduto della ESC Records Sempre con la ESC Records ha partecipato come solista in due Albums tributo alla Mahavishnu Orchestra: “Mahavishnu Re-Defined vol.1 & vol.2” con tanti “All-Star musicians” come Mark Egan, Michael Manring, John Patitucci, Billy Cobham, Dennis Chambers, Gary Husband, Vinnie Colaiuta,  Mitchel Forman, Steve Vai e molti altri ed al secondo CD tributo a Jeff Beck “The Loner vol. 2” feat. Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Stu Hamm, Mitchel Forman, Kirk Covington, Michael Manring, Jeff Richman, Stef Burns, e molti altri del panorama musicale internazionale.
Ha partecipato come leader al “Bratislava Jazz Days 2008”, uno dei più importanti Festival Internazionali di Jazz Europei.
Nel dicembre 2013 ha realizzato il suo secondo Album solista “Dusting The Time” per l’etichetta discografica Videoradio feat. Don Mock, Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets), John Beasley (Steely Dan, John Patitucci), Mark Egan (Elements, Pat Metheny Group), Michael Manring, Tetsuo Sakurai (Casiopea), Walter Martino, Alessandro Centofanti, Dino D’Autorio e molti altri. Il CD è stato recensito molto positivamente nel numero di marzo 2014 della storica rivista americana GUITAR
PLAYER la quale lo definiscee uno dei migliori CD Jazz/Fusion dell’anno ed inoltre è stato per diversi mesi nelle top-chart mondiali di i-Tunes.
Dal 2010 scrive lezioni sulla famosa rivista americana Just Jazz Guitar dove è stato intervistato sulla numero di maggio 2009. Ha una rubrica di chitarra Jazz sulle riviste nazionali Chitarre e Guitar Club.
Continenza è endorser: DV MARK Amps, Eventide, APS Guitars con la “GC Signature”, JACOLAND Guitars con la “Heaven Jazz GC Signature”, D’Orazio Strings,  HIPSHOT Products, MAMA Pickups, Verve Sound pedals ed I plettri artigianali Wegen Picks.
C'è un intero capitolo su Gianfranco nel libro americano "Originality is everything - a life and a near-death tale of an independent record label" scritto da John McGlasson.
GIANFRANCO CONTINENZA,
(guitarist, composer, arranger and guitar instructor) has justifiably gained acclaim as a Jazz/Fusion guitar wizard, racking up credits with the likes of Billy Cobham, Joe Diorio, Jimmy Bruno, Phil Upchurch, Vic Juris, Don Mock, Bob Mintzer, Bill Evans, Dean Brown, John Beasley, Mark Egan, John Stowell, Carl Verheyen, etc. He begun to play guitar at 8 years old thanks to his father (jazz guitarist) Nino. At the beginning he studied classical guitar for 5 years after that he concentrated his studies towards modern and Jazz guitar. In 1991 he moved to California to attend Musicians Institute of Hollywood where he graduated (with 100% score) at G.I.T. (Guitar Institute of Technology) in september 1992, studying with great masters like Joe Diorio, Don Mock, Scott Henderson, Ron Eschéte, Howard Roberts, Peter Sprague, Gary Willis, Jennifer Batten, Steve Trovato, Jeff Berlin, Tommy Tedesco, Mike Miller and many others. He performed and recorded with many world famous artists like Bill Evans, Joe Diorio, Mark Egan, Don Mock, Bob Mintzer, John Beasley, Michael Manring, Tetsuo Sakurai, Jeff Richman, Scott Kinsey, Jamie Findlay, Barrett Tagliarino, Richard Smith, John Stowell, Marco Minnemann, ect.  
On 2014 he founded the HCL Funk Reaction with Francis Hylton (Incognito) on bass and Rick Latham (B.B.King) on drums. Gianfranco was the first professor of “Jazz Guitar” at the Conservatory of Pescara (Italy) where he also taught Music Theory. He also founded (in 1994) the C.M.A. (Contemporary Music Academy) of Pescara, one of the most advanced european modern school where he teaches Jazz/Fusion guitar. He produced two solo Albums: “The Past Inside The Present” (ESC Records 2008) feat. Bill Evans (Miles Davis, John McLaughlin) and Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech, Joe Zawinul) that (on 2008) was the n°1 on the list of the best 100 Jazz Guitar Album for Tower Records USA and it was the 2nd  bestseller Album for ESC Records.With his executive producer Beppe Aleo he produced his new Album for VIDEORADIO: “Dusting The Time” feat. Don Mock, Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets), John Beasley (Steely Dan, John Patitucci), Mark Egan (Elements, Pat Metheny Group), Michael Manring, Tetsuo Sakurai (Casiopea), Walter Martino, Alessandro Centofanti, Dino D’Autorio and many others. Also for ESC Records he appeared as a leader on two Albums tribute to Mahavishnu Orchestra: “Mahavishnu Re-Defined vol.1 & vol.2” and the CD tribute to Jeff Beck “The Loner vol. 2” with All-Star musicians like Mark Egan, Michael Manring, John Patitucci, Billy Cobham, Dennis Chambers, Gary Husband, Vinnie Colaiuta,  Mitchel Forman, Steve Vai and many others. He performed as a leader at the “Bratislava Jazz Days 2008”, one of the most important International Jazz Festival in Europe.  Since 2010 he’s writing lessons on the famous American magazine Just Jazz Guitar where he has been interviewed on the May 2009 issue. It’s also has a Jazz column on Chitarre and Guitar Club, one of the main italian guitar magazines. Gianfranco’s new CD “Dusting The Time” that on the March 2014 issue of the famous american magazine "GUITAR PLAYER" has been considered one of the best Jazz/Fusion Album of the 2014 and it was for many months on the Top Chart in the world of i-Tunes.Continenza is endorsing DV MARK Amps, Eventide, APS Guitars with his “GC Signature”, JACOLAND Guitars with his “Heaven Jazz GC Signature”, D’Orazio Strings,  HIPSHOT Products, MAMA Pickups, Verve Sound pedals and the hand made Wegen Picks.
There’s a whole chapter of Gianfranco on the American book "Originality is everything - a life and a near-death tale of an independent record label" written by John McGlasson.
by Angelo Trinchini
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