Eliana Cargnelutti & Félix Rabin

November 16, 2021
7:30 pm
Bilston, UK
The Robin
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Eliana Cargnelutti & Félix Rabin

The Lady of the Blues

Eliana Cargnelutti, italian guitarist and singer, graduated in jazz guitar at the conservatory “G. Frescobaldi” in Ferrara introducing a thesis on Mike Stern. Eliana is the new hope of italian rock blues. A strong singer and a crafty guitarist, one of the rare real front women of the italian scene.
She plays a flavor of rock blues with a bit of everything in between: electric funk, mixed with pop and jazzy instrumentals, raw rock, tight blues grooves, illuminated by her skills as an electric guitarist. Her sets truly have something for everyone. Eliana is well known in the Italian blues scene thanks to her infectious persona.
Her band, features known musicians from the italian blues scene: Simone Serafini, Loris De Checchi and Carmine Bloisi from Padua. The melting of their personalities gives life to the subtles of musical nuances.

Eliana has played with various Italian blues artists like Enrico Crivellaro, Rudy Rotta, Tolo Marton, Roberto Formignani, W.I.N.D., Jimmy Joe and in other situations with Roberto Manuzzi and Ellade Bandini (Guccini), Andrea Rigonat (Elisa), Otis Grand, John Craig (guitarist of Ike & Tina Turner), Peter Stroud (guitarist of Sheryl Crow) and the Joe Pitts Band, with whom she played in various Italian and American festivals. She also recorded a CD with them, in Arkansas, USA (2009). She has collaborated with the progressive rock/klezmer group Passover from Trieste for a tour in Tokyo, Japan (2010) for a tour and a live album in the United States, Boston (2012).
She did her part in the international Tour with the Blues Caravan project “Girls With Guitars” of Ruf Record label for all the 2015. Eliana was the winner of the Blues Contest in Pordenone, Italy, in 2010, she won the blues award as the “best new young artist” at “Oscar del Blues” in Modena, Italy. She was named one of the five “best female guitarists” in the rock blues scene at the American “Jimi Awards” in 2015 and she was nominated the 5th best female guitar player of the rock blues world by Blues E-news magazine.
Her first Cd “Love Affairs” went out the 12th November 2013 for VideoRadio Label.

Her second Cd “Electric Woman” went out in January 2015 for Ruf Record Label.

She also recorded the Cd “Girls with guitars “ in 2015, for Ruf Records Label.

Félix Rabin, the blues guitar and the rest;

He knows Los Angeles inside-out, and has played in almost every club in the UK. Félix Rabin will be touring Europe very soon. Félix Rabin is like those painters who need to master the most sophisticated techniques and then to come back to simplicity and its inherent purity. The only difference is that Félix Rabin is a guitarist and singer. Since the age of fifteen, he has been exploring the thousand and one things we can do with a guitar, then inventing a thousand and one more.

It started with some blues, and a fascination for the feline playing of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Is that a coincidence? In 2015, Félix monopolized the jam-sessions of the Montreux Jazz Festival. In the same place, 25 years ago, Stevie Ray had impressed David Bowie, who ended up hiring him. When his turn came, and Félix let his guitar ring out in Montreux, it was the legendary Quincy Jones who invited him to his table, to offer him compliments and encouragement.

After that he took off for the United States, the country where the fierce competition gives no chance to second-rate players. Over there, he has just made his first real record with the help of Ross Hogarth, a Californian producer who has worked with Van Halen, Ziggy Marley, REM and… Félix Rabin.

Having been accepted by the American scene, Félix then looked for the blessing of the British. In the country of Pink Floyd and Michael Kiwanuka, he first played in a few small clubs, then step by step progressed to bigger stages. The band Wishbone Ash (50 years of career and services rendered to the guitar) invited Félix to join them on their UK tour.

At the beginning of this decade, Félix Rabin is packing his bags again. Soon, he will be spending a month on the road throughout Europe, touring in ten countries, from Oslo to Paris, and from Cardiff to Berlin. He will release his first record, an album of six titles built around his titanic guitar playing, in which he takes his inspiration from the masters, while at the same time affirming his independence from them.

Blues has become Blues-Rock, and Félix still has electricity in his fingertips. When he’s not on tour, in London or Los Angeles, Félix Rabin comes home to Neuchâtel for a rest … and he’s just 25 years old.

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