Richard Bona, Alain Caron, Fabio Concato, Silvia Mezzanotte, Rosalia de Souza, Mariella Nava, Gianni Nazzaro
Ciro Manna was born in 1981, and at 14 dedicated himself to classical guitar. After two years he switched to electric guitar, but later returned to classical studies and passed his eighth year exam at the conservatory.
At 17 Ciro started playing in clubs with various artists. He studied at Università della Musica (Rome) with many of Italy’s top guitarists, also attending various workshops with international guitar players including Mike Stern, Andy Timmons, Carl Verheyen, Guthrie Govan and Mats Hedberg.
In 2007 he released his debut CD “Feel ‘N Groove” a rock-funk with jazz contaminations, with Antonio Muto on drums, Marco Galiero on bass, Angelo Abate on keyboards, as well as special guests Pietropaolo Veltre (bass) and Alex Argento (keys). The CD won praise from magazines and websites in Sweden and the US, and airplay in Italy and Australia.
Since 2008, Ciro has collaborated with the Associazione “Fa Re musica” in Santa Maria a Vico, organizing clinics with international guitarists including Frank Gambale, Greg Koch, Steve Vai, Robben Ford, and concerts with Carl Verheyen, Andy Timmons, Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan, Dave Kilminster, Paul Gilbert, Buddy Whittington (John Mayall) and Kiko Loureiro (Angra), also opening for their concerts.
In January 2010, plays in the orchestra directed by Maestro Renato Serio for the " Epiphany Concert " broadcast on Rai 1, accompanying artists such as Moby, Silvia Mezzanotte, Rosalia de Souza. On the occasion of the concert "Ten stars for Mother Teresa" ( December 2010), broadcast on RAI 1, plays in the orchestra of Maestro Bruno Santori, accompanying artists such as Ivana Spagna, Amedeo Minghi, Stadio; in January 2011, he participate in the next edition of the "Epiphany Concert" always broadcast on RAI 1 and conducted by Maestro Renato Serio , playing with Matia Bazar, Simona Molinari, Audio 2 And Sarah Jane Morris.
In 2011, Ciro takes part in several television shows, such as "Mettiamoci all'opera" (December 2011 Rai 1 in the orchestra conducted by Maestro Enzo Campagnoli), "Attenti a quei Due" (January / February 2012, Rai 1 with the conduct of Paola Perego and Biagio Izzo, and the orchestra directed by Maestro Stefano Palatresi ), "Non Sparate sul pianista" (March 2012) , Rai 1 with the conduct of Fabrizio Frizzi, the orchestra of Maestro Stefano Palatresi , where he had the opportunity to accompany Pino Daniele, Gino Paoli and Michael Bolton, "Amici of Maria de Filippi " (April 2012 , Canale 5, with the orchestra of Maestro Peppe Vessicchio, where he had the opportunity to play with some of the most popular pop singers, as Emma and Alessandra Amoroso), "Napoli prima e Dopo" (July 2012) and "Cantare è D'Amore" (September 2012 ) both on Rai 1 with the orchestra conducted by Maestro E. Campagnoli .
In 2013 Participate in the "Epiphany Concert" broadcast on Rai 1, the transmission " Italy 's Got Talent" and " Amci di Maria de Filippi " on Canale 5, the "festival of Castrocaro" (July 2013) and "Napoli Prima e Dopo" (August 2013) both aired on Rai Uno. Currently, simultaneously with the television works, Ciro is occupied in the making of the first teaching method on the language of jazz- rock and in the recording of the second Instrumental CD, with special guests such as Simon Phillips (Toto), Leland Sklar (Toto , James Taylor , Phil Collins), Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons, Guthrie Govan and others.
Ciro says: “Great feel and sound from an amp with minimal weight—what more can I ask for? DV Mark is great!”
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