Peppino D’Agostino
has had a long and distinguished career filled wi th highlights. His most recent accolade came from Guitar Player magazine when he was voted BEST ACOUSTIC GUITARIST by its readers in the Reader’s Choice Awards in May 2007.
Made in Italy continues D’Agostino’s 2007 hot streak. It’s been in the making for two years, and it’s a CD that’s very close to his heart, especially because half of its 16 songs feature his singing. D’Agostino has included a vocal song on his CDs in the past, but Made in Italy truly opens the door to a future of singing as one more color on his musical palette.
“I like the challenge of doing new things. That’s one of the reasons why I did Made in Italy at this point in my career. I like to sing. Specifically, I like to sing meaningful songs about life, love, loss, and the pursuit of happiness,” said D’Agostino. “Also, there’s a nostalgic element. Some of those songs I grew up with. I listened to those songs when I was a little kid. I decided to create my own arrangements.”
The material focuses on Italian folk songs and pop songs from the past few decades as well as works by classical composer Gioachino Rossini and legendary film score composer Ennio Morricone, D’Agostino’s musical hero. D’Agostino put his personal stamp on these songs, capturing the spirit and sound of the standards he rearranged while keeping his acoustic guitar work at the forefront. Guest musicians add extra textures on many of the compositions by playing traditional Italian instruments like the organetto and the launeddas.