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Where The Acoustic Guitar Rules

Festival in the fortress

Festival in the fortress

So we’re here in Sarzana enjoying the big Acoustic Guitar Festival… a trade show and concert site. Acoustic music rules here this weekend and last night, David and Nancy Bromberg, Mark Cosgrove and I got a chance to play for the folks.

The scene of the crime

The scene of the crime

Here is my set list:

Jorma Kaukonen Solo 5, 2012
With David Bromberg
Acoustic Guitar Festival,
Tortezza, Firmafede
Sarzana, Italy
Friday, May 25, 2012

Jorma Set:
1. True Religion
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Living In The Moment
5. Full Go round
6. 99 Year Blues
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. Parchman Farm
9. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning

Unfortunately I don’t remember what David and I did together, but perhaps Myron and I can reconstruct that set together. Today we got up, had breakfast and headed back into town for a little sightseeing, shopping and a trip back to the venue.

The little market at lunch break

The little market at lunch break

As I walked through this ancient city, I got to talk to people who saw our show last night and lovers of the guitar in general. What a grand devotion to the art.

Shopping... always inviting

Shopping... always inviting

Shops, handcrafts… and always… music, everywhere.

Little shops...

Little shops...

I could go on and on… suffice it to say… this is all really good stuff.

The walled festival

The walled festival

Tomorrow we’re off to Nembro, Italy and the Modernissimo. Onward!

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  1. Cyndy Consentino
    May 26th, 2012 at 18:50 | #1

    Cara Jorma,

    Che dia tii Benedica
    Buon cibo e buoni tempi

    Buona Notte
    Cyndy

  2. carlo pagliano
    May 27th, 2012 at 10:02 | #2

    We don’t have to be millionaire to afford Jorma in concert, but we certainly go back home enriched in our mind and our heart like else couldn’t be.
    The Captain showed boundless love off and on stage.
    The chronicle reports Jorma solo in Vicenza (first gig) as the best concert ever held at the Panic Jazz Club in this incredible Palladian square, by anyone. To go on stage first was David and Nancy Bromberg and their ensemble, just great music and a great David and Nancy Bromberg.
    Jorma followed right after and the Captain’s voice together with the sound of His regal Martin were bouncing from the cross vault of the eighteenth century arcades like an endless cascade of shining gems.
    It was a sold out show with a packed audience standing behind the stalls all in a religious ancient silence.
    The square which wasn’t square but very rectangular, dipped into the typical warm and pink Italian twilight, was vivified in its unbelievable facades by Jorma at His best. There was a silent dreamy audience scattered around seated on the steps of marble and diorite of churches and mansions, it was like an open-air theater with the wings not just painted but real, the air was the sweet conductor of the bass sounds when the high mi painted chirpy birds against the mild sky of the Italian long evenings, Jorma’s voice could come in shaking the whole scene like you could hardly ear it as whispered from way up above.
    When the night was proclaimed, Mr. David Bromberg jumped on stage and two Mountains made out of Stars began to shine again.

    Of another tenor was the gig in Torino at the Folk Club, all the way from the States to come in a canteen to perform a solo concert it’s a bit awkward for anybody, but when the performer is Jorma Kaukonen himself, then the matter becomes really serious. Super religious silence, solid walls, low ceiling but sufficiently aired, everything painted black, fresh and comfortable seats at Jorma’s level, steamy hot but bearable, perfect sound. At the end of the first set Jorma whispered: “I’m gonna play more for you”, with so much love in His heart and over His face that you cld measure the intensity of the concert just by that, to be there seated in front of the Captain was way more than a privilege and a honor, to tell abt the vibes goin’ on there, you should have seen the tears on the face of more than one spectator in the general emotion. The notes where the single diamonds of the entire melody of Jorma’s songs, reaching inside and touching feelings not yet visited, so pure and determined the way Jorma breaks them, enchanting, the voice was painted over Jorma’s lips in a ‘piece de teatre’ on its own. Uncle Sam Blues had an endless ovation, we couldn’t stop nor refrain from shouting, clapping, whistling, Jorma was there like in our living room, standing and blessing, go figure!

  3. Elisabetta Verri
    May 29th, 2012 at 13:41 | #3

    Dear Jorma, what a splendid set in Sarzana, so deep and profound, so intimate.
    It still resounds in my heart, I think it will remain there forever, thank you

  4. Kate Sullivan
    May 29th, 2012 at 18:54 | #4

    Hope that you will still be performing these Italian gigs in 2015. That will be my first year of retirement and I would love to revisit Italy for a concert……… I love Italia. At the moment, can’t escape during the school year. All the best.

  5. mikie
    May 30th, 2012 at 07:37 | #5

    Sad news, I just saw on the news where Arthel ‘Doc’ Watson died at age 89. I know Jorma got to play with him at Merle Fest a few years ago.
    I got to see Doc in 2010 in Middletown, so till the day I die, I will always remember singing Amazing Grace with him. Hope he brightens the next world as he did ours. God Bless ya, Doc. m

  6. June 14th, 2012 at 18:08 | #6

    Hi

    I just want to say I love your music. Started to go through your albums again at Spotify. “Children of Zion” is a magic song. Once you´ve listened to it you can´t stop humming it. It ´s been going on for days now, from morning to night. Right now I´m listening to another magic song “Mann´s fate”. I bought that album when it was just released. I was also a Jefferson Airplane fan at that time. Umeå, where I live, is not that far from Strömsund where you spent some time 1975-1976. Kind regards, Håkan , Librarian and Amateur Musician