Guitar Bo' - Let the music heal your soul

Alberto Toffoli

GuitarBò, all’anagrafe Alberto Toffoli, nasce in provincia di Venezia. Già dalla giovane età resta impressionato dalle melodie, suoni e sensazioni che si fanno chiamare Blues. Inizia così ad ascoltare questo particolare genere e a suonarlo. Quello che lo affascina e colpisce, giorno dopo giorno, sono quei suoni e quegli odori che non aveva mai visto o sentito che entrano diretti e veloci nella sua vita.

Alberto comincia così il proprio tragitto come autodidatta alla scoperta dell’irruento blues del texano Stevie Ray Vaughan e di B.B. King. In questo percorso formativo, fondamentale si rivela l’aiuto dell’eclettico chitarrista veneziano Roberto Ortolan, session-man di noti cantautori italiani. Lo stile pian piano si affina grazie anche ai due anni passati presso la scuola di musica moderna e contemporanea “Lizard” di Firenze.

GuitarBò cresce con le influenze del Chicago Blues e di artisti del calibro di B.B. King, Muddy Waters, il Funky di Tower of Power e Stevie Wonder, il Soul di Ray Charles, Etta James, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett ed il Rock di Hendrix, strizzando l’occhio ai chitarristi Jazz quali Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery e Grant Green.

Ha la possibilità di suonare nel 2000 ad Austin (Texas), dove riesce ad entrare in contatto con i grandi del blues, quali Jimmy Vaughan e Alan Hayens e a suonare nei club della cosiddetta “capitale della musica”.

Al ritorno del suo viaggio incide il suo primo disco “Live in Darshan” (2001), interamente autoprodotto. Vince il concorso “Emergenza Acoustic” per la regione Veneto partecipando alle finale nazionale e nello stesso anno (QUALE?) incide il secondo disco Movin’ Up contenente XX canzoni inedite.

Ha collaborato con il cantautore nativo americano Yowan Nagwetch, ha collaborato e collabora tuttora con i noti musicisti blues quali Enrico Crivellaro (Master of Blues Guitars) e Marco Pandolfi (Magic Harp).

Nel 2013 si è spostato per un periodo a Chicago per respirare un po’ di sano blues, e trovare l’ispirazione per un nuovo disco.

Nel 2015 esce il nuovo album “Heavy Love” con 9 tracce originali e tre cover: un disco blues contaminato dalla musica soul, funk jazz e rock.

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GuitarBo’, nick name for Alberto Toffoli, was born in the province of Venice.  At an early age he became impressed with the sounds and rhythms called blues.

Therefore, he started listening and playing this kind of music.
What fascinated him day after day, were those sounds and scents he had never seen or smelled before: they entered straight and fast into his life.

He started his journey as autodidact, until he knew an eclectic Venetian guitarist, Roberto Ortolan who,  session-man for well-known Italian singer-songwriters, introduced him to the powerful blues by the Texas born Stevie Ray Vaughan and BBKing. 

His style, little by little, got better and then he entered the “Lizard” school of modern and contemporary music, in Florence, where he studied for a couple of years.

GuitarBo’ grows thanks to the influences of the Chicago Blues, BB King, Mussy Waters, the funky sound of Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, the soul of Ray Charles and Etta James, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and the rock of Hendrix, but also winking to jazz guitarists such as Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Grant Green.

In 2000 he played in Austin, Texas, where he could get in touch with the Blues’ greatest such Jimmy Vaughan and Alan Hayens and he could play in the club of the capital of music. 

Back in Italy, in 2001, he recorded his first Cd “Live in Darshan” that was self-produced with the typical sound of the “power trio”.
In the meanwhile, he played all over the Veneto region.

He won the “Emergenza Acoustic” contest in the Veneto region and he participated in the National final event.
The same year, he recorded his second cd “Movin’up” featuring new songs.

He played in Rome, Milan, Livorno, Florence, and Bologna.
He collaborated with the native-American singer-songwriter Yowan Nagwetch and he played in Belgium and The Neatherlands.

He collaborated with the native-American singer-songwriter Yowan Nagwetch and he played in Belgium and The Neatherlands.
He collaborated and still works together with well-known Italian blues musicians such as Enrico Crivellaro (master of blues guitar) and Marco Pandolfi (Magic Harp).

Recently, in 2013, he moved for a while to Chicago, IL, in order to record some pure Chicago blues and to find the inspiration for a new cd.  The inspiration has come!!
2014-2015 will be a new season!

There is a new album coming out, featuring new songs and old feelings, 9 original soundtracks and 3 covers with a base of blues contaminated by soul, funk jazz and rock music.

Stay tuned!