Guitar virtuoso Matteo Mancuso reveals the official video for the stunning “Silk Road”21st September 2023
Sicilian guitar virtuoso Matteo Manusco today reveals his latest single “Silk Road,” – available on all digital platforms. The song is taken from his debut album, ‘The Journey,’ which was released in July via The Players Club/Mascot Label Group.
Talking about the song, Mancuso says, “I’m so happy to share the third official video of my album. This song is called “Silkroad,” and it’s dedicated to my hometown Palermo and his Arab-Norman roots. Hope you enjoy.”
He has also announced his first UK show. He will play the O2 Academy Islington, London on Wednesday 27th September. Tickets are available HERE. “This will be my first time playing in UK,” he says. “I’m really excited pumped for this show and I’m sure we will have a lot of fun! Hope to see you there.”
He has previously revealed the videos for “Samba Party,” which channels the excitement and jubilation of a Rio de Janeiro during carnival – but the song itself is anything but samba, which was the follow-up to the album’s lead single “Drop D.”
The YouTube sensation has already caught the attention of ground-breaking players from, Dweezil Zappa to Joe Bonamassa, Steve Vai to Al Di Meola and Tosin Abasi. His debut album of nine original songs was recorded at Fico d’India Studios Casteldaccia, Sicily, by his father, Vincenzo Mancuso – a gifted player who also played on the record and co-wrote two songs, “Polifemo” and “Blues For John.” The album also features Stefano India (Bass) and Giuseppe Bruno (Drums), with additional musicians Riccardo Oliva (Bass), Gianluca Pellerito (drums), and Giuseppe Vasapolli (Piano/Organ).
He has recently performed with Tommy Emmanuel in Palermo, shared the stage with Al Di Meola on classical guitar at the closing night of the Eddie Lang Jazz Festival, and played at the Lugano Jazz Festival in Switzerland as a guest with prog-rockers PFM and an incredible performance at the New Ross Guitar Festival in Ireland.
2023 is now where ‘The Journey’ really begins. From the age of 12, when he took his first steps onto a stage in Sicily, has all led to this moment – the precocious talent that led to the youngster becoming a YouTube sensation, to the acclaim from some of the finest guitarists of their time, to the stages graced across Europe and the ones he has shared with icons, to this moment – his debut album release of nine deftly beautiful guitar instrumentals.
“I just want people to hear it,” he enthuses. “Music has always been my favorite form of communication, and the thing I love about instrumental music is that there isn’t a language barrier. I’m sure that people who don’t usually listen to instrumental music can find something interesting from this album.”
3. Falcon Flight
4. Open Fields
6. Blues For John
7. Time To Leave
8. Samba Party
9. The Journey