|ENG| The “Cuerdas y Golpes” project, translated literally as “strings & beats”, is baroque guitar at its best. The instrument became established in seventeenth-century Europe, particularly in Spain, Italy and France.

The music presented in this concert is very accessible, captivating a wide audience, thanks to its simplicity. It is composed with few harmonic elements, yet rich and with immediate impact.

The alternation of the "rasgueado, punteado, arpeado" techniques ignites the timbral, sonic and virtuosic qualities of the solo instrument. As was the case four centuries ago, alongside the baroque guitar, there are frame drums and other percussion instruments. Famous for their use in popular music in cultures globally, they are now being presented in duo thanks to a careful philological reconstruction based on important iconographic sources.

The duo Luca Marconato (baroque guitar) and Andrea Piccioni (frame drums and other percussion instruments) perform some pieces by the greatest virtuosos of Spain and Italy, giving life to a continuous dialogue between the two instruments and moments of improvisation and complicity.

|ITA| “Cuerdas y Golpes” letteralmente tradotto come “corde e colpi” è la rappresentazione musicale del momento di massima espressione per la chitarra barocca, strumento che si afferma nell’Europa del XVII secolo, in particolare tra Spagna, Italia e Francia.

Le musiche presentate in questo concerto si distinguono per la straordinaria facilità d’ascolto, anche verso un pubblico non specialista del settore, grazie ad una scrittura semplice, composta con pochi elementi armonici, ma allo stesso tempo ricca e d’impatto immediato.

L’alternanza delle principali tecniche - “rasgueado, punteado, arpeado” – fanno esplodere tutte le qualità timbriche, sonore e virtuosistiche dello strumento solista.

Al fianco della chitarra barocca, come accadeva quattro secoli fa, vi sono le percussioni e i tamburi a cornice, famosi per il loro utilizzo nella musica popolare in tutte le culture mondiali, ed oggi riproposte in duo grazie ad un’attenta ricostruzione filologica basata su importanti fonti iconografiche.

Il duo costituito da Luca Marconato (chitarra barocca) e Andrea Piccioni (tamburi a cornice e percussioni) propone l’ascolto di alcune pagine dei più grandi Maestri virtuosi tra Spagna e Italia, dando vita ad un dialogo continuo tra i due strumenti e lasciando spazio a momenti d’improvvisazione e complicità.


Luca marconato

Lute player
Composer / Soundtracks
Film director

Luca Marconato, based in Rome, is a professional musician, lute player & film music composer. 
He’s established itself in the field of early music, performing for major italian and international festivals (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Scotland, Poland, Hong Kong, Macao, South Korea, Iran, USA) and regularly holds master classes and workshops for Conservatories and Universities. Considered one of the most refined lutenists, he has recorded for music labels as Naive - Opus 111, Brilliant Classic, CPO, Christophorus - Glossa, Tactus, WDR3, Diapason, Espace 2, ORF, RAI Radio 3, BBC,  RAI2, Vatican Radio.

After a long and ongoing musical career he has developed a special sensitivity towards image in all its forms.
Today he is recognized as one of most innovative talents in the creation of videoclips for classical music, documentaries, concerts and commercials.

andrea piccioni

Frame Drums / Percussion

Andrea Piccioni, a native of Rome, is a master performer on frame drums—single-headed drums, sometimes with jingles, played with the hands rather than with sticks. After mastering the Italian tamburello, Andrea studied frame drum rhythms and performance techniques from the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, he has crossed with his style the boundaries of jazz, world, and early music. He is touring worldwide with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Paul McCandless, Gianluigi Trovesi, Basel Rajoub, Luciano Biondini, Manfred Leuchter, Lucilla Galeazzi, Les Haulz et les Bas, Caitrìona O’Leary, Donàl Lunny and Wu Man. In parallel he’s a popular teacher at major festivals, universities and conservatories around the world as well. Andrea published DVDs and books dealing with the Italian frame drums and rhythm language.

" …an absolute master of frame drums." - MUSICA JAZZ MAGAZINE






Cuerdas y Golpes

by Duo Barocco

Here a short preview about our cd that released in spring 2019. Recorded in Rome, mixed by Eugenio Vatta.


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