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Rocco Carella

Rocco Carella was born in the Bari suburbs, Italy, in 1973. At the ages of seven, he took his first steps into the music by starting to study guitar. After some years with a private teacher, he took a stop to follow another love of the teenager: soccer.

At 14, Rocco listened to a live concert with Pink Floyd in Cava Dei Tirreni near Naples. This event made him grab his classical guitar immediately when he returned home to find the riff of Wish You Were Here. And Rocco didn't sleep at all that night.

This second time is the right one! From now on the guitar will stay forever in his life. He started again taking classical lessons. But at the age of 16, while he was preparing for the exam of the 5th year for entering the conservatory, he got his first electric guitar. Rocco changes focus exploring more rock and blues styles. That soon lead to the first experiences with local bands. In those years he plays with different groups from the Bari area moving from rock to folk and using both the electric and the classic guitar, depending on the style of the project. 1994 is the beginning of a new path: He started to study jazz with one of the best jazz-fusion guitar players in the Bari areas, and a year later, in 1995 he attended the prestigious International Seminars Siena Jazz, studying jazz guitar with Tommaso Lama.

Coming back from Siena a profound and intense period of studying the jazz language took place. This study continuous improved by joining clinics and seminars with some of the most influential jazz Italian guitar players. And also with great international jazz and jazz-fusion artists such as Garrison Fewell (Sant'Elpidio Jazz International Seminars, 2002), Scott Henderson (Mola di Bari, 2006), and Mike Stern (Gioia del Colle, 2007). In 2003 he started the Rocco Carella jazz-fusion trio playing with influential musicians in pubs, squares, festivals around Apulia. In 2005 Rocco was selected among the finalists of the Eddie Lang Jazz International Competition (Monteroduni-Italy). Rocco Carella's first album, Portrait of My Land, was released in 2011 as a project for classical solo guitar with a world music approach. In 2012 the album, I'm so Far From the Crowd, were released. In this album, both the classical and the electric guitar are heard. A new album for solo classical guitar, Abandoned and Forgotten, is to be published soon (2017). Rocco's favourite guitarists are found mostly in the jazz-fusion with guitarists like John Scofield, Mike Stern, Robben Ford, and John McLaughin. But he is also inspired by classic jazz guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Joe Pass. From the rock, blues and rock scenes, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Rothery, Marck Knopfler, John Mayer, B.B. King, and Andy Summers provide great inspiration. And among Italian guitarists, Rocco Carella first of all have been influenced by Pino Daniele, but also by Francone Mussida.

Rocco Carella's first album, Portrait of My Land, was released in 2011 as a project for classical solo guitar with a world music approach. In 2012 the album, I'm so Far From the Crowd, were released. In this album, both the classical and the electric guitar are heard.

A new album for solo classical guitar, Abandoned and Forgotten, is to be published soon (2017). Rocco's favourite guitarists are found mostly in the jazz-fusion with guitarists like John Scofield, Mike Stern, Robben Ford, and John McLaughin. But he is also inspired by classic jazz guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Joe Pass. From the rock, blues and rock scenes, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Rothery, Marck Knopfler, John Mayer, B.B. King, and Andy Summers provide great inspiration. And among Italian guitarists, Rocco Carella first of all have been influenced by Pino Daniele, but also by Francone Mussida.


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