It was a windy day of dazzling light. The Eastern wind had chased away the humid Western Wind. From the lighthouse of Trafalgar you could catch a glimpse of the wind teasing the depths of the sea with its bristly beard of white foam. The fragrant pines, coming from that trapezoidal hill, dressed in green and crowned by the white tower of the Almadraba, blended with the smell of salt at the edge of the cliff facing the Moroccan coast.
At the foot of the lighthouse stood a woman without her veil, staring at the orange strip of light that stretched along the horizon. The sun was about to bathe itself into the ocean. As it did, the woman dove into the blazing red orb of light shimmering on the water, leaving behind her a wake of shiny tendrils. A new night was born, giving life to the guitar.
What these pieces of music have in common is the light of the Southern sun. That South which has the colors and the smells of Andalusia in its center. Where the sweet and sour taste of oranges leaves a trace in the way people sing and dance. These oranges are sisters of the Moorish ones. The voices in the street resonate with the echo of their ancient brother Morocco. Modulating tones is a ritual for the rough and melismatic sounds of two cultures that at times seem to be one. Their reciprocal gazes cast them off from those same Columns, sending them overseas to distant shores, loaded not only with the desire to explore and conquer but also with rhythms and sounds: music that crossed the Atlantic. Although it arrogantly tried to force itself on the New World, it couldn't resist the songs of sirens from other seas. Â© giuliano belotti, 2003.
Since 1992, Giuliano Belotti, a classical guitarist, has made many public appearances and given numerous recitals and concerts in Asia, Europe, the United States and Mexico, in auditoriums such as Weill Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Juilliard Theater, the American Irish Historical Society and the Spanish Institute, in New York City; Auditorium Manuel De Falla in Seville, Museo de Arte Contemporanea in Alicante, Sala GalvÃ© in Zaragoza, Spain; Salle Cortot in Paris; Teatro Gaetano Donizetti and Auditorium Piazza della LibertÃ in Bergamo, Italy; Teatro de la Ciudad in Queretaro and Teatro JuÃ¡rez in Guanajuato, Mexico; DBS Auditorium in Singapore, and in Bandar Seri Begawan and in Panaga for the Brunei Music Society. Mr. Belotti's performances have been broadcasted by English Radios and Chinese TV Channel, in Singapore; and in Mexico by Guanajuato TV Channel. He has also taken part in musical seasons such as the SocietÃ del Quartetto in Italy, the Focus Festival and NYFOS (New York Festival of Song, with Steven Blier, Jennifer Aylmer and Vivica Genaux) in New York City, the Musek am Syrdall Festival in Luxembourg. As well, he has given several master classes in Mexico (International Guitar Festival in San Miguel de Allende), in Italy (Conservatory "G. Verdi" in Milan) and in Spain ("Conservatori Superior de MÃºsica del Liceu" in Barcelona).
A recipient of a full scholarship, Giuliano Belotti pursued his Advanced Certificate in Guitar Performance at The Juilliard School, New York City, under the tutelage of Sharon Isbin for classical guitar and Carol Wincenc for chamber music.
Prior to this, he was awarded in 1998, the DiplÃ´me SupÃ©rieur d'ExÃ©cution, Ã l'unanimitÃ© of the jury, at the Ecole Normale de Musique "Alfred Cortot", Paris, while studying under the guidance of Alberto Ponce. A talented Italian musician whom Ponce describes as "un guitarista dotado de gran finura musical" ("a guitarist endowed with great musical finesse").
Giuliano Belotti was born in Bergamo, Italy in 1974 and started his musical study at the age of seven with Antonio Rigamonti. Later, he studied for ten years under the mentorship of Giorgio Oltremari who had a particularly strong influence on his musical education. He graduated from the Conservatory "Gaetano Donizetti" with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance, receiving his final diploma with highest honors. During his study at Bergamo, Giuliano Belotti performed in many master classes given by Alirio Diaz, Tilman Hoppstock and David Russell.
Composers as Marcel KhalifÃ©, Simone Iannarelli and Ricardo Llorca, among others, have dedicated to him guitar works. He released, as a soloist, a CD called "Alma del Sur", and a second one, "Hawa", in duo with the Cuban percussionist Armando Cornell. Both are produced and distributed by MAP, Milan. His next album, in preparation, will future works and arrangements by Giuliano Belotti.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Simone Iannarelli: Valzer Brillante
2. JoaquÃn Rodrigo: Zapateado
3. Egberto Gismonti: Agua & Vinho
4. Isaac AlbÃ©niz: Asturias
5. Isaac AlbÃ©niz: CÃ¡diz
6. Antonio Lauro: Vals Natalia
7. Antonio Ruiz PipÃ³: Cancion y Danza No. 1
8. AgustÃn Barrios MangorÃ©: Julia FlorÃda
9. AgustÃn Barrios MangorÃ©: Vals Op.8 n.3
10. AgustÃn Barrios MangorÃ©: Un SueÃ±o en la Floresta
11. Ãngel Gregorio Villoldo: El Choclo
12. Roland Dyens: Libra Sonatine - India
13. Roland Dyens: Libra Sonatine - Largo
14. Roland Dyens: Libra Sonatine - Fuoco