«Acclaimed by the audience and critics for their brilliant technique,passion, quality of sound and elegance, Carmelo Imbesi and Carmen Zangara are one of the most interesting and appreciated Italian Chamber Guitar duo .» October 2019 | M.Today
It was December 12, 2010 when we met for the first time in the Conservatory, two students both teaching assistants. The Director invited us to give a concert 10 days later.
Playing together was very easy and natural for us, we were amazed by this thing.
So on the 22nd our guitars went on stage together for the first time and we have never stopped since then.
Degrees, Advanced Courses, Masters, Awards, teaching … Always together.
Victories and failures, good and bad experiences: the second necessary and vital, they never scare us.
Together we have never been afraid of falling.
Today we are a family.
They musically met in 2010 after a long career as soloist and in other chamber formation.
For deepen the executive technical aspects of chamber guitar duo rely on their training to M° Giovanni Puddu and M° Giampaolo Bandini, with which face a profound journey of artistic maturation act to strengthen the unity of style and execution aesthetic interpretation that, today, characterizes their performances and their identity as performers
They attend the masterclasses and didattic seminary of Maestro Angelo Gilardino, Giulio Tampalini, Eduardo Isaac, David Murgadas. On the Jazz and Fingerstyle: Francesco Angiuli, Massimo Varini, Luca Colombo.
From 2010 they have performed in important Festivals, Theatres and Music events : Naxos Winter Festival, Umbria Classica, Taormina Greek Teather,Catania Greek-Roman Theater, Tao Art Festival , Teatro Politeama, Campus Afam, Castello Carafa, Teatro Placido Mandanici, Teatro Trifiletti, Teatro Rendano, Teatro Ariston Sanremo, Teatro Grandinetti, Igualada (Spain), Noto Atto Unico, Museo del Mare e del Sale di Salina, Festival Orchestre a Plettro, Quinteatro, Lamezia Classical, Festival Giorgio Gaber etc
Also Collaborating in several Operas and Theater performance (I Pagliacci di R. Leoncavallo, M and Mr Omaggio a Giorgio Gaber, Misa Criolla di A. Ramirez, Canto Mediterraneo di M. Incudine ..) […] as performers or music composer ( in they compose the music soundtracks for the theater rappresentation of Novecento di A. Baricco, in 2018 Gabbiano Jonathan Livingstone di R.Bach), also including languages like Jazz and World Music. With important artist as Peppe Servillo, Mario Incudine, Antonio Vasta, Giorgio Rizzo, Gran Coro Lirico Siciliano, A.Pannitteri and others.
Also, to expande their instrumental research, they dedicate to transcriptions and revision of many works not originally designed for this formation ( from 2018 th Duo Imbesi Zangarà Collection series is available on the official website Store ), that can valorize the potential of guitar duo formation and the versatility of their technique. Many composers dedicated their works to them.
They won many Competitions as soloist and chamber music. In 2018 they receveid the Gattopardo Ibleo Prize, an award for Sicilian personalities who distinguished themselves for their artistic skills (All of Fame 2018) and the Special Mention from Ibla Grand Prize Jury for Edgberto Gismonti’s work interpretation. In 2019 they receveid Grotta di Polifemo Prize during Milazzo International Film Festival, a Music award for Soundtrack (All of Fame 2019) and the ERASMUS+ Prize as teachers and Music Coach Trainers.
From 2010 they are teacher of Music University “ Conservatorio P.I. Tchaikovsky” in Nocera Terinese (Cz).
The passion for teaching, begun during the years of training, ranging through multiple paths that see them engaged in a constant search on instrumental teaching through the study of Neuroscience (they earned, in fact, the Licensed Practitioner certification in NLP in the field of education, joining the Richard Bandler’s NLP Society of USA), learning from the Trainers Stefano Santori, Roberto Re and Giacomo Bruno, and proprioceptive knowledge, applied to the relationship with the musical instrument, to posture (they worked with the Personal Trainers Giuseppe Torre and Gerardo Martino integrating Mezieres, Feldenkrais, Anderson, Alexander, Pnf and similar methods) and to the executive performance, leading them, today, to becames Musician and Life Coaches (in 2013 onwards, the references of their services can be found on Canale Formazione.com too).
From 2019 they are endorsers of MYOGLOVE a therapeutic myofascial glove for musicia for Wambook Srl.
Today, they are invite at Campus and International Masterclasses where, in addition to repertoires study and technical-mechanical development, they deal with many themes about Instrumental Teaching Methodology, Posture studies, Show Business Law, Aesthetics and Interpretation.
Art Directors of Festivals (Classically from 2011 to 2017) Campus, Masterclasses and training centers (Ass. Music & Art, Ass. Melos, Accademia Santa Venere), in 2013 they founded the J.K Mertz Guitar Academy located in Sicily.
In 2019 Academy become a Euroepan Music Istitute for Erasmus+ Students.
In 2020 they are selected by the town of Palazzo Adriano, set of the Film Nuovo Cinema Paradiso by G. Tornatore, to be the protagonists of the Videoclip, dedicated to the Memory of Ennio Morricone and Celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Oscar winner, focused on the music of the soundtrack of the homonymous film transcribed for two guitars.
Their first album is scheduled to be released in 2020.
Carmen curates the columns dedicated to the entertainment world for some webmagazines.
Carmelo is a lawyer specializing in Entertainment Law.
2010 Liuther W.C. Rosso
2012 Aquila Corde Armoniche
2019 Myoglove by Wambooka srl
«Valiant music qualities with highly-qualified original interpretations. The harmony showed by the duo during the concert, played a key role for the accurate execution carried out according correct interpretation rules». (Strumenti & Musica)
« A special mention for the depth of their interpretations of Edgberto Gismonti’s works » (Ibla Gran Prize Giury)
« I witnessed them play together this last July in Sicily… honestly that turned out to be one of the most soulful and most profound musical experiences I had ever been through! Their chemistry and musical interaction is just effortless and so genuine.» ( M. Alexander – Composer)
« A wonderful Duo, I've been to some concerts ... all beautiful ... Musically, in the repertoire and in the performance ... The audience has appreciated very much and personally I was ecstatic.» ( S. Martemucci – Tenor)
« I immediately appreciated their talent and I was conquered by their art in playing, which is not for everyone, so I decided that one day I would have rewarded them and so it was. We need to support true talents and reward those who truly deserve it » (A. Campo – FilmMaker)
« The two artists have explored the repertoire of six historical-musical periods, showing, as in a palette, the melodic, timbre and coloristic facets. Dowland, Giuliani, Albeniz, Mertz, Brouwer and Bellinati have been united by rigorous and careful interpretations but also full of pathos and deep understanding that describe the style of the duo. » (Ciao Classica )