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Tones from an Open Heart

by Giacomo Fiore

Instrumental acoustic guitar music, with Celtic and Mediterranean traits. All original compositions with percussion and a string duo on selected tracks.
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1. Kilkenny
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2. Tennant
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3. A Hundred Days / Dance of the Lilies
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4. The Comfort of the Sun
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5. Embers in the Fireplace
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6. Dealing with Rejection
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7. Genteel
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8. The Minstrel
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9. Beauty from Ash
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10. How Good it would Be
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Tones from an Open Heart" features 10 tracks, all originals written by Giacomo, with three amazingly talented guest musicians to help him bring out the best in a few songs - Lee Holland on percussion for five tunes, and a string duo made up of Ashley Fisher on viola and Justin Saunders on cello for "Genteel".

Giacomo was born in Genova, Italy, in 1983. He had always lived there when he moved to Bogliasco (a small village just outside of the city limits) in early 2003 with his family. later that year he crossed the big pond to attend Belmont University, seeking a degree in classical guitar performance.


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Travis Andrews

Dude does it to it
Twice I've had the pleasure of seeing Giacomo play some or all of these songs live in San Francisco. The album is a fantastic collection of songs, and it only serves to stoke my excitement more and more for his performances. He has an incredible tremolo, as witnessed on "A Hundred Days." And as he closes the album and his sets with "How Good it Would Be," I always have to ask "If...?" I usually answer with "If I had a car with a cd player so I could listen to this while traveling. I mean, the songs augment many moods and I feel that my prospective road trips would be much more emotionally fulfilling if I did have a car with a cd player. Right mom?"

a.j. rosales

compelling music and soulful delivery
Giacomo has a tasteful and mature approach towards solo guitar. His compositions also have great soulfulness for someone his age. He conveys thoughtfulness through his subtle technique and he embellishes the music with delicate and smooth touches. I enjoy his music and am looking forward to seeing where he goes next.

doc mongoose

Each song nurtures goodness.................
A fine feast of well stringed art, soothing in its real ability to give joy and relax one at the same time.From first note to last it nourishes the soul.

John Chamberlain

Wonderfully evocative and relaxing, a real treat for the ears...
I am so pleased to see that Giacomo has moved ahead with this CD of his music. His original compositions are spirited and insightful, all on the same disc. A very nice mix of both steel and nylon string music along with special touches of percussion, viola and cello.

This CD has earned a permanent place in my rotation of "good stuff."

Larry Pattis

There are few guitarists today that make me forget about the guitar itself, and
I love the fact that Giacomo Fiore, a 22 year old classical and steel-string guitar musician, has enough original music for an entire album. I love the fact that Giacomo, along with some fellow student-colleagues got together and produced a CD, mostly of his solo guitar work, with just a hint of percussion (and one piece with viola and cello) on the side. I love the fact that what he has created is, quite frankly, really good music. I mostly love the fact that this album, “Tones From An Open Heart,” is in fact played with enormous heart.

Giacomo Fiore, to his credit, does have some serious classical chops as a part of his musical training…and also to his credit, as a young man, he has an understanding that music is more than the sum of it’s parts, and much more than demonstrating technique for techniques sake. What he manages to convey with strong melodies, technique in the service of the music, passion and energy, along with subtle nuance leaves the unexpecting listener with a picture of maturity beyond his years.

I am a sucker for good liner notes, and Giacomo definitely has something to say, which helps set the scene with each piece of this album. With his necessarily short introductions Giacomo proves to be both a good story-teller and a young man with some stories well-worth hearing…

From the opening measures of the first track, “Kilkenny,” I am immediately struck with Giacomo’s youthful exuberance for this music…and when the piece takes an introspective turn it is a natural turn, emphasizing both the earlier frenetic pace, and the joy of the quieter moment. This is followed by the very classical-sounding “Tennant,” and blends perfectly, album-wise, while also immediately presenting the listener with information about Giacomo’s obvious talents on the nylon string guitar and a more classical approach to the instrument.

I won’t go through and analyze this CD piece by piece, because that is a journey that the listener should take, unimpeded by someone else’s take on this music. Suffice it to say that this album is indeed worthy of any music collection.

I will say that as I write these words trying to convey the full extent of my appreciation of what I am hearing, Giacomo’s “Embers In the Fireplace” left me in awe. I am also a sucker for a hauntingly beautiful melody. There are few guitarists today that make me forget about the guitar itself, and leave me just enjoying the music. Giacomo Fiore has done that…and with apparent ease, all throughout this CD. This album is filled with refreshingly energetic music, as well as appropriately introspective moments. I think we can see (if just a bit) into the life and soul of Giacomo Fiore as his heart skips and glides across these tunes.

As Giacomo himself has said (from his website), “Finally, I can say I have summed up the first chapter in my musical journey in the recording of "Tones from an Open Heart," which was finished in the Spring of 2005.”

…and what an exceptional first chapter it is! I am sure that we will enjoy many more pages from Giacomo in the years to come.

So check out the soundclips, and if you are so inclined, add this wonderful album to your regular music rotation. It’s been added to mine…

Marshall

A very satisfying and engaging collection of instrumentals.
A very satisfying and engaging collection of instrumentals. A wide range of emotions. Very melodic. Very inventive. Excellent musicianship. An enjoyable listen front to back.

Bill Binkelman

Fiore is at the beginning of a great career...
I had never heard of Giacomo Fiore until his CD arrived in the mail one day. After listening to just a few tracks, I knew I was hearing something special. Now, after multiple playings, I’m convinced that Fiore is at the beginning of a great career recording instrumental acoustic guitar music. Tones from an Open Heart swings from rambunctious and joyous to reflective and quiet with uncommon grace and ease, always displaying the artist’s abundance of talent and technique.

While this is more or less a solo effort, he is joined here and there by Lee Holland (percussion), Ashely Fisher (viola) and Justin Saunders (cello). Shining through loud and clear, in both the music and the liner notes (which are certainly personal and even funny at times) are Fiore’s heart-on-the-sleeve sincerity as well as his breezy unpretentious manner. Tones from an Open Heart is instantly likable and connects with the listener on such a friendly and, well, “open” level that it’s like the man is in your house playing just for you. This is a trait he shares with artists like Clarelynn Rose and Johann Helton, to name just two contemporaries. However, all three artists, while similar in “feel” (i.e. immensely accessible and entertaining from the get-go), are all distinct and separate in their musical motifs and methods.

Whether you favor the uptempo numbers like the rousing opening track “Kilkenny” which will have you tapping your feet, the happy-go-lucky “The Comfort of the Sun” or the more somber tunes here (“Embers in the Fireplace” and “Beauty from Ash”) you’re going to fall in love with this CD if you are any fan of acoustic guitar at all. With influences ranging from Celtic to folk to subtle world fusion (on “A Hundred Days/Dance of the Lillies”), the album’s ten tracks each hold their own special pleasures. Allowing them to work their magic on you will be the major treat in store for those who exercise the good judgment to latch onto this gem. Besides being an excellent background recording, I also highly suggest some dedicated listening to this music as it’s worthy of your undivided attention. Finally, it will almost certainly be an outstanding driving CD if you are traveling the rural backroads, especially in spring or autumn.

I sure do hope we’ll hear lots more from Giacomo Fiore in the future. The man who brought us Tones from an Open Heart certainly deserves a long and successful career!

Don Henderson

The perfect blend of virtuosity, melody, and heart
Giacomo Fiore has created a CD that has a degree of beauty, depth, maturity, and focus that most artists would be lucky to attain after a lifetime spent mastering their instrument. When you consider he was a mere 21 years old when he recorded it, you find yourself even more in awe of what he has accomplished. Unlike some virtuoso performers, Fiore always maintains a strong sense of melody and order in his compositions, and never plays merely for the sake of showing off. This makes the entire disc a joy to listen to. If you want to hear beautiful, ego-free music by a man who is just beginning to show the world what he's capable of, look no further than this CD.

Dave Keir

Unquestionably One For A CD Player's Repeat Button!
Virtuosity, power and delicacy of touch are everywhere herein. The sheer joy in music making is evident throughout and is underpinned by Giacomo’s unfailing sense of line and dynamic control. Tunes of subtle and infectious syncopations abound and are interlaced with delicately phrased and contemplative harmonic musings. Suberb melodic invention is displayed by the introspective Embers In the Fireplace and Genteel while the quirky turns of Dealing With Rejection are smile inducing. Each track brings its own particular delights – there is freshness around every corner of this record.

The contributions from the percussion and strings are just right: providing depth and color but never getting in the way Giacomo’s vision. A superbly recorded collection that demands repeated listening...

brent

You owe it to yourself to indulge in this musical mental massage.
This album expertly walks that line between introspective and self indulgent. Tones from an Open Heart is a clear, clean surprising communicative album that will relax and refresh you if given the chance. I have personally not enjoyed an acoustic album this much since Phil Keaggy's Beyond Nature. As i listen, I am constantly reminded of Patty Griffin's lyric about the birds... "who can sing a thousand songs without any words"... In other words, it is nice cd that i highly recommend.
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