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Alessio Menconi, già vincitore del premio "AICS JAZZ" al "Gran Prix du Jazz" nel 1992 e del premio "Eddie Lang" nel 1993 come miglior giovane chitarrista jazz italiano viene subito notato dai migliori musicisti italiani e stranieri con cui collabora e suona in tutto il mondo ed è attualmente uno dei chitarristi più quotati in Italia. Tra le collaborazioni più rappresentative citiamo: Billy Cobham, Toninho Horta, Daniel Humair, Enrico Rava, Marcio Montarroyos, Aldo Romano, Adrienne West, Stefano Bollani, Roberto Gatto, Dado Moroni, Carl Anderson, Franco Cerri, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Paolo Fresu, Danny Gottlieb, Franco Ambrosetti… In ambito rock/pop: Paolo Conte, Anna Oxa, Gianni Morandi, Tullio De Piscopo, Alexia, Elio delle le Storie Tese, Cheryl Porter ed altri. Con questi musicisti ha inciso oltre 40 cd ed ha suonato nei più importanti festival e teatri del mondo in Europa, Nord, Sud, Centro America ed Asia. Ha partecipato come unico italiano ad una compilation su Jimi Hendrix in compagnia di Robben Ford, Steve Lukather, Hiram Bullock, Larry Coryell tour per ambasciate ed istituti italiani di cultura in India, Brasile, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua. E’ docente di chitarra jazz nei conservatori “Ghedini” di Cuneo, “Mascagni” di Livorno e “Paganini” di Genova. Nel 2009 gli viene consegnato il “Premio Jazz lighthouse” alla carriera e nel 2011 è stato incluso come unico italiano in un cd allegato a “La Stampa” intitolato “I più grandi chitarristi jazz del mondo”i lo hanno visto protagonista di due tour in India e Brasile.
Ha partecipato a numerose trasmissioni televisive sia Rai che Mediaset ed a varie colonne sonore per cinema e teatro. È docente di chitarra jazz al conservatorio “Ghedini” di Cuneo.

Biography - Alessio Menconi was born in Genoa - Italy. He approached guitar when he was 10 as self-taught. Cosidered a prodigy, he start in 1986 is professional career with best italian musicians. In 1992 he won the award as "Best Soloist" in Gran Prix du Jazz". In 1993 (23 years old) he participated in "Eddie Lang festival"contest (the most important competitions for guitarists in Italy), winning the first prize as best italian jazz guitarist. He play in tour in Europe, Asia, north and south America and recorded in over 40 cds with several musicians. In 1995 Paolo Conte call him for play in several world tour until 2004 and he recorded four cds. In the same period Billy Cobham wanted him since to play with him in several concerts..In the same year, he have been selected in Paris to play with "ONJ" (orchestre national du jazz) In 2003, He partecipated as only italian to the cd "Voodoo crossing-a tribute to Jimi Hendrix" with Robben Ford, Steve Lukather, Hiram Bullock ,Larry Coryell and many others. Lately is leaded of his own trio and of his solo project with whom jus made cds, and he is the jazz guitar teacher in the conservatory of music in Cuneo and Genoa. He made tours in Italian embassys in India, Ecuador, Brazil, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and others. Actually is one of much important and wanted guitar player in Italy and other countries in Europe. He takes “Jazz lighthouse” 2009 Career award. In 2011 he was included in a cd compilations of world best jazz guitarist as only italian. Here are some of most important festivals he participated. He played in:
Italy, Switzerland, France, Brazil, Ecuador, Uk, Spain, Usa, Austria, Guatemala, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland, Poland, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Greece, Macedonia, India, Germany and Canada. Guatemala jazz festival 2013, Petropolis jazz festival 2012, Kolkata "jazz-blues and beyond" "04, Sao Paulo “sesc”’06, Quito “jazz festival” ‘07 , Ascona "New Orleans & classics" '04 & '05, Samois sur Seine "Django festival" '01,Umbria jazz '01, Rio de Janeiro “centro justica federal” ‘06, , London Royal Festival Hall '96 e'99, San Francisco jazz festival '01, Den Hag '98, Skopje festival '03, Paris "New morning-JVC jazz fest" '03, Nice Jazz Festival '98, Athens Festival '98, Bruxelles jazz fest. '01 e '03, Montreal '01, Bolzano "jazz and others"'04,Verona jazz '02, Calvi '94 , Parigi "Olimpya" '95 e '98, Berlino '96, Seville '97, Pistoia Blues '93, Monteroduni "Eddie Lang jazz festival" '93, Montreaux '88 and many others... Some of the most important musicians he have been playing with: Paolo Conte, Billy Cobham, Toninho Horta, Adrienne West , Shawnn Monteiro, Anna Oxa, Marcio Montarroyos, Stefano Bollani, Danny Gottlieb, Enrico Rava, Tullio De Piscopo, Daniel Humair, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Red Holloway, Franco Cerri, Gary Husband, Dado Moroni, Paolo Fresu, Carl Anderson, Franco Ambrosetti, Gary Bartz and many others...
reviews
“Alessio Menconi plays and writes with intelligence and grace. His music is both strong and gentle, deliberate and yet full of surprises. Listen! - Steve Swallow “Menconi, one of most creative improviser we have in Italy” – Jazzitalia

"Guitar player with long experience in jazz and over, carefree improviser with great instruments mastery" - Musica jazz "Alessio Menconi, one of best guitarist in Italy : engaged often with jazz cream (and not only jazz) he is national and international, playing usually with" best musicians..." - Chitarre "Alessio Menconi, international appreciated guitar player...his talent recognized by great international musicians who wanted him to play together..." - Il quotidiano di Reggio "He started to play jazz, he's teacher , do session-man, can praise many internazional experiences, the guitar player from Genoa Alessio Menconi, only 25 old, is more than a promise..." - Chitarre

Alessio Menconi, is considered one of best jazz guitarist in the world. – Il Secolo X|X
 
   


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