In this album I wanted to experiment different sound adventures that I came closer to in various recording studios meeting new friends, confronting new ways of working, rediscovering new acoustic sounds that gave me an inner strength in expressing myself the best as I could with my Santa Cruz 1934 D Mahogany guitar; experiences that allowed to me create a Great Unique Sound that instinctively gave the title of the album: “The Big Sound”.
In this path, that I took collaborating in co-production with the agency AZ Blues, I recorded new solo-flatpicking pieces, I gave a new guise to some of my old songs played with phenomenal musicians and finally I paid homage to some songs from the Bluegrass, Old Time, Blues and Celtic repertoire with an only common denominator: flatpicking.
I have to thank these wonderful recording studio and I invite anyone to contact them to record music in a serious and accurate way: LRS studio in Badia Polesine (RO) by Cristian Gallian, BUSKER studio in Rubiera (RE) by Bronsky, RITMO & BLU in Pozzolengo (BS) by A. Castagna and ROGUE studio in London (UK) by Alessandro Garavello and Andrea Lonardi.
At the threshold of my almost forty years I dedicate this album to my family, Ettore and Silvia, to my new live trio Gianni Sabbioni and Massimo Tuzza, to the AZ Blues Agency of Lorenz Zadro, Davide Grandi and Antonio Boschi, to all the organizers of Acousticology Music & Theatre show and of the Week-End-Pick: Gioli Andrea, Barbara Abate, Laura Corbetta and Giangi Celli.
I thank my friend and harmonica-player Ken Leiboff and all the staff of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company led by Richard Hoover for their help and support on my first trip to the United States.
All in all, I want to dedicate this album to all the people who fill their days with music and with the desire to be successful.
Have a nice time while listening to "Big Sound" and enjoy the flatpicking,
THE BIG SOUND
Nashville Blues (Traditional)
A beautiful classic of the Bluegrass repertoire, known from the historical recordings of Doc Watson and Norman Blake. Gianni Sabbioni accompanied me on the double bass and Graziano Nano Guidetti on the percussion brush and on the snare drum. The piece was recorded at Busker Studio in Rubiera (RE) directed by Bronsky and the talented Federico Galazzo.
Who Looks for Something (Franciosi Federico)
This is an old song that I composed, both music and text, a handful of years ago and recorded in Mar del Plata (Argentina) for the album "Beautiful Infinity". I’ve been performing this piece in live shows, always receiving nice compliments to such an extent that I decided to re-propose this piece in a more acoustic guise played by Gianni Sabbioni on double bass and Massimo Tuzza on percussion. The piece was recorded at Busker Studio in Rubiera (RE) by Bronsky and Federico Galazzo.
Mediterranean 's Shell (Franciosi Federico)
This song was composed for solo-flatpicking guitar, and talks about this imaginary journey that this shell makes deep in the Mediterranean Sea. During the piece I tried to disclose the musical colors of the various shores of the Mediterranean, crossing Arabic, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and Balkan melodies. The piece was recorded at Rogue Studio in London by my friends Alessandro Garavello and Andrea Lonardi.
Dream Guitar (Franciosi Federico)
The song was published in the album "My First Time", and is dedicated to my Santa Cruz guitar 1934 d mahogany model. I thought about giving a new look to this song by arranging it with Gianni Sabbioni on the double bass and Massimo Tuzza on the percussion. The piece was recorded at the Ritmo & Blu studio in Pozzolengo (BS) under the direction of the sound specialist Christian Codenotti.
Rolling in my Sweet Baby's Arms (Lester Flatt)
Father of the Bluegrass music, Lester Flatt made history in Bluegrass and many of his songs have become classics over time. I've always loved this song and I decided to record it myself with the help of Gianni Sabbioni on the double bass and Massimo Tuzza on percussion. The piece was recorded at Busker Studio in Rubiera (RE) by Bronsky and Federico Galazzo.
To David (Franciosi Federico)
This is a tribute paid to one of the best acoustic guitarists alive: David Grier.
With its unique and inimitable style, he makes the plectrum fly from string to string in an elegant and sublime way. I recorded the song with Gianni Sabbioni on double bass at the Busker Studio in Rubiera (RE) directed by Bronsky and Federico Galazzo. If anyone is interested in David Grier, you can find information at www.davidgrier.com
My Grandfather (Franciosi Federico)
I composed this piece myself, and it was edited and recorded in Argentina a long time ago in the album "Far Apart". In the song the love and respect that I had for my maternal grandfather, which was for me more than a father, shine more than ever. I dedicate this piece to all the members of that splendid generation of my grandfather's time. The piece was rearranged in acoustic style with Gianni Sabbioni on the double bass and Massimo Tuzza on percussion and recorded at Busker Studio in Rubiera (RE) by Bronsky and Federico Galazzo.
First Snow (Franciosi Federico)
I was immersing myself in the eyes of my child while he was enchanted by the snow: unique emotions, thoughts, words and pages of music … the piece was composed returning from of a day in the mountains, recorded at the Rogue Studio in London directed by Alessandro Garavello and Andrea Lonardi.
Transatlantic (Franciosi Federico)
This is one of my first songs ever written for solo-flatpicking guitar, and I consider it my masterpiece in concerts. It was edited on the album "My First Time" in 2014. I wanted to give a new look to the song by inserting a unique and experimental arrangement thanks to the accompaniment of the double bass by Gianni Sabbioni and the percussions by Massimo Tuzza. The piece was recorded at the studio Ritmo & Blu in Pozzolengo (BS) by the faithful friend and sound specialist Christian Codenotti, which already followed me in my two past albums and who is the official phonic of the theatrical event of my production "Acousticology".
Alabama Blues ( J.B. Lenoir )
This is a piece of the Blues repertoire that has accompanied me for almost 40 years and that I had the pleasure to record with Lorenz Zadro on guitar, Gianni Sabbioni on double bass, Graziano Nano Guidetti on snare drum and Pietro Marcotti on harmonica. The song was recorded at Busker Studio in Rubiera (RE) by Bronsky and Federico Galazzo.
Silvia's eyes (Franciosi Federico)
This is my favorite composition since it is dedicated to my "Lady", (which is not a guitar) but the woman who gave me a beautiful son, Ettore, and that accompanies me in every moment, both on the musical path and in other projects. I dedicate to you, Silvia, and to your deep eyes these guitar notes. The piece was recorded at LSR Studio in Badia Polesine (RO) by Cristian Gallian.
The cyclone of Rye Cove (A.P. Carter)
This is a piece of the father of the flatpicking repertoire, Doc Watson, who talks about the tornado that in 1928 destroyed the village of Rye Cove in Virginia wiping away a whole generation of children who were at that time in their school. The song is arranged with Gianni Sabbioni on the double bass and Massimo Tuzza on percussions and recorded at the studio Ritmo & Blu in Pozzolengo (BS) under the direction of the sound specialist Christian Codenotti.
Cooley's Reel (Traditional)
This is a traditional Irish Tune that I rearranged for flatpicking guitar in collaboration with Gianni Sabbioni, that expresses himself at the best during the double bass solo. The piece was recorded at Busker Studio in Rubiera (RE) by Bronsky and Federico Galazzo.
Noir (Franciosi Federico)
This composition of mine was born thanks to a friend, an aspiring director in Germany, who asked me to compose a music for one of his noir films, genre to which we owe the title of the piece. The song was recorded at LSR Studio in Badia Polesine (RO) by Cristian Gallian with some tweaking of his guitar.