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Jazz guitarists to open Evenings On Campus

Date: 24 June 2007

Source: Sunday Times

Jazz guitarists to open Evenings On Campus

Evenings on Campus's 15th edition will be launched in style this year with a jazz night next Saturday at 8.30 p.m. at the festival venue - the University of Malta campus' Atriju Vassalli.

Marc Galea Elektric Band will open the concert with a 45-minute performance.

Galea is a session guitarist, RGT registered tutor, and principal at the Euro Institute of Music in Hamrun, besides teaching, recording and playing in several musicals and concerts.

The band is made up of his closest friends, who ended up jamming on occasions when they got together. They have just decided on the group's name and have now made it official!

The music that they play reflects the evident communication and optimistic vibe between the group's members. They will be playing both Galea's own compositions as well as songs of Pat Matheny, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, who are among the band's influences.

The band's EP My Journey will also be launched on the night.

The concert will continue with a guitar duo between Marc Galea and Luigi Tessarollo, a prominent figure in the Italian jazz scene, guitarist and composer from Turin, who will play several of Luigi's compositions and other jazz standard numbers.

Tessarollo has performed in the US (New York and Boston), Europe (Festival International de Liege, Gouvy Festival, Comblain la Tour, Belgium, Grenoble Jazz Festival, Swiss national radio, Italian RAI, Ajaccio Jazz, among others) and in the most important Italian jazz festivals (Umbria Jazz, JVC Festival, Jazz and Image in Rome, Festival Internazionale di Cagliari, Verona Jazz Festival, Euro Jazz Festival d'Ivrea, Jazz In'It in Vignola, Clusone Jazz, Bordighera Jazz and Blues among others).

The Jimi Savage Band will close the concert with their unique style of fusion and funk numbers just like it did at a previously sold-out concert in Malta last February with Marc Galea.

Savage has travelled throughout the world, performing in gigs, master class seminars, workshops and master sessions as a musician/guitarist and performing at many guitar shows.

He has played with many celebrity guitarists like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen.

He was awarded the RGT Guitar Tutor of the Year in 2005 and was a leading contributor to Total Guitar magazine.

The three guitarists will conduct a joint 15-minute jamming session at the end of the concert.