Unplugged: Al Di Meola & New World Sinfonia

On March 16, 2009 Al Di Meola and the New World Sinfonia played in Die Fabrik in Hamburg.

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I like fusion a lot and I’ve been a fan of Al’s for over 20 years, so of course I went to see him.  However since about 1985 Al’s been playing less jazz-rock and almost exclusively world music, so during the concert I was continuously swaying between exhilaration and trying to connect with the music.

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Al was accompanied by Peo Alfonsi (another virtuoso on the acoustic guitar),

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Fausto Beccalossi on accordion (emotionally very involved with the music),

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Gumbi Ortiz (percussion), Peter Kaszas (drums), and Victor Miranda (bass). Unfortunately I did not have a good position, and I could not get good photos of the last three musicians.

The concert ended with Mediterranean Sundance, one of my all-time favorite pieces of music, and Al and the New World Sinfonia did a fantastic job on it!

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