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Alfonso Ponticelli

Alfonso Ponticelli

May 26th 2019 @ 210 Live

Highwood, IL
I Was There
Sunday, May 26th, 2019
7:00 PM
210 Live
210 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL 60040
210 Live is delighted to have Alfonso return for his sixth appearance at the venue. A wonderful musician and bandleader, he brings a mix of flamenco, jazz, Spanish guitar and more to create a spirit of joy and special musical surprises with each visit. --Judy Night, Proprietor "[Alfonso Ponticelli] obviously knows that the real jaw-dropper he’s got to offer is the sheer fleetness, athleticism and gorgeous resonance of his playing. As to the latter quality, Ponticelli’s discernment gets at least as much credit as his playing; he uses a classical guitar, so that during his ballads it’s not just his gypsy-jazz forebears he recalls, but high-culture virtuosos like Andrés Segovia." –NEW CITY MUSIC A multi-instrumentalist, Ponticelli won the 1994 U.S. National Mountain Dulcimer Championship and continues to perform solo mountain dulcimer and guitar. He has played both banjo and guitar with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and was invited to perform solo didgeridoo at the Chicago Symphony Center. Ponticelli has collaborated in Chicago with Arabic, Irish, bluegrass, Gypsy, Romanian and many other traditional folk musicians. Ponticelli has had the honor of performing at Chicago’s Millennium Park on its opening night as well as at every major museum in Chicago. Ponticelli is the 2009 recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci award for outstanding achievement in performing arts from Order Sons of Italy in America and holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. Ponticelli has been to Cordoba, Spain (1994) to study with the great flamenco guitarists Rafael Riqueni and Manolo Sanlucar, New Mexico to study with Chuscales and Pedro Cortes and has had the great flamenco singer and guitarist Pansequito join his band for two years. He has performed at the Iridium in New York City where Les Paul invited Alfonso to play as a special guest with his trio. Ponticelli shares his education and love of music by teaching workshops at many festivals, including 13 years at the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest in Madison, Wisconsin. He introduced Gypsy jazz to Chicago in the 1990s, when he began teaching a weekly Django-style class at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music, where he has taught for 16 years. Ponticelli has shared his music at many prestigious festivals, including the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois, France, DjangoFest Northwest, Gypsy Jazz fests in New York City, Denver, CO., and extensively throughout the Midwest. Some of his students have joined his band and traveled to these fests performing with his band. Alfonso Ponticelli has collaborated with many Chicago institutions for 14 years to present the great culture of the Roma/Gypsy people through music with his annual Chicago Gypsy Jazz festival. Media Sponsor: WDCB Listener-Supported Jazz & Blues ♨ THE 210 LIVE EXPERIENCE: 210 Live is not just a music venue. It's not just a bar. It truly is an experience. People walk in and feel the energy in the place. It's something special...some even say magical. It's a place that people fall in love with, and want to return to again and again. VENUE: 210 Live offers the best live entertainment on the North Shore Wednesday through Sunday. The urban chic ambience creates a perfect setting for live music and private parties, with clear site-lines and great acoustics throughout. MORE FAQS: We are an all-ages club. If for any reason a show is not all ages it will be clearly listed on the event in Eventbrite, Facebook and on our website, We offer free valet service and there is street parking for people who arrive early. We are located at the Highwood Metra stop. We feature a simple Venue Menu featuring flatbreads, soups, salads, 10-hour Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches and more for your music enjoyment sustenance. Ticket prices subject to change due to fluctuations in demand.
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