Eric Carbonara



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Eric Carbonara is a Philadelphia based guitarist, whose search for raw aural expression has led him far and wide – from noise & electro-acoustic music to taking deep root in the bounty of the wooden guitar.

Carbonaraʼs playing draws on the rich musical styles from Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to Hindustani & North African folk to form a kind of exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless unease. He has developed a unique idiom of gypsy music for non-existent cultures by combining rogue self-taught, free form classical and flamenco techniques with those learned from formal studies in India from master Hindustani slide guitarist, Debashish Bhattacharya.

His live solo performances range from contemplative acoustic meditations to aggressively loud electric sets; both encompassing Carbonaraʼs ability to draw the listener in to his world, where his lyrical playing doesnʼt just entertain but triggers a myriad of emotional responses.

Carbonara has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe promoting his releases on VHF Records, Locust Music, Majumua Music and New American Folk Hero as well as various self-releases for solo guitar and solo upright-chaturangui music.

Carbonara is currently recording multiple solo and duet projects in his own recording studio, Nada Sound Studio, that are slated for release in 2014 and 2015. When not with guitar in hand, Carbonara earns a living by working as an audio engineer recording records and doing production and post-production film sound.

In March, Carbonara will be releasing “Tributes and Diatribes” with harpist Jesse Sparhawk on VHF Records. “The Paradise Abyss” was Carbonaraʼs last solo album. Told in the form of solo instrumental guitar, Carbonaraʼs lyrical playing offers the listener seven personal autobiographical narratives. Written over two years on a friction peg flamenco guitar, the record employs techniques borrowed from Andalusian Romany, Hindustani, North African, and Western Classical guitar music to carefully shape his thematic song poems.