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via-portanova‘Via-Portanova’ – Art Phillips

This recording is inspired by my Italian upbringing, the love and passion of life, family and the music that was shared in my grandpa’s home in Erie, Pennsylvania USA where he immigrated from Montenero Val Cocchiara, Molise (Isernia) Italy in 1901. My musical path and passion for the arts was steered by this wonderful upbringing. My father, grandpa and I would play the selections contained on this album many a night in my grandpa’s kitchen, with family gathered all around.

This is the 2nd commercial acoustic guitar album released by renowned guitarist, music composer and producer Art Phillips (Arturo Di Filippo). Traditional instrumental Italian music, featuring acoustic guitars and mandolins, that will transport you into the heart and soul of Italy.

Chitarre Acustiche d'Italia‘Chitarre Acustiche d’Italia’ – Art Phillips

This project is a tribute to my father, Arthur M Phillips of American-Italian heritage, who was the root of my musical inspiration. My father was a wonderful guitarist and guided my musical path from a very early age. I grew up playing these songs as duets with him, and in trio form with my grandfather, Antonio, on mandolin.

This recording is solely inspired from an Italian musical upbringing, where I now feel I have come full-circle, learning these pieces as guitarist in my early years, then achieving a varied and diverse musical path stylistically as a musician. I feel the time is right to honour my early heritage. My father always hoped for me to record such an album, and it’s only now that I find the time and sensibility to produce this product.

Many of these compositions are traditional with a blend of 19th and 20th century songs, most penned by Italian composers.

So Good So Far‘So Good So Far’ – Lloyds and Phillips
Chris Lloyds, vocals – Art Phillips, guitars. This project was recorded live in the studio, reminiscent of radio’s hey-day and those performances from the 1930’s and 40’s when artists like Perry Como and Tony Mottola would broadcast live. This recording had both performers in one room with two microphones, singing and playing ‘direct to tape’.