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Roberto Diana

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About Roberto

“Sounds, rhythmics percussion and harmonies all in one guitar, without loops or effects. You can’t miss it!” Akustik Gitarren – DE
Lap steel Guitarist
Milan
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Award winning Sardinian electro-acoustic stringed multi-instrumentalist songwriter, composer and performer, twice nominated at the Independent Music Awards (12th best instrumental album and 15th best Instrumental EP), Silver Medal Winner at Global Music Awards and Recording Academy Voting Member at Grammy Awards. Roberto performs on a variety of instruments including Acoustic and electric Guitars, Weissenborn, Vichitra Veena, baritone 8 strings guitars, dobro, banjo and bouzouki. With more than 20 years in activity Roberto has performed all over Europe and USA in solo and with several artist. His show it’s a mix of Mediterranean music with a Rock and Roll sensibility that astonishes audiences. 13th March 2017 release “Raighes Vol 2” phisically distributed in Italy by I.R.D. , by Birnam in UK and by Alliance in US. The record has been acclaimed by the International press, 5 Stars on the UK Rock and Reel (R2), won an Akademia Music Award and has been put forward for a Grammy Awards Nomination in the Category “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album”. September 2012 he released his solo record “Raighes Vol 1” (“Roots” in the Sardinian language) rated as one of the best instrumental album of the year for the music magazines/webzines: Mescalina (IT), Buscadero (IT), Akustik Gitarren (DE), Guitar Club (IT), The Real Roots Café (NL) , R2 (UK) and others. He toured “Raighes Vol. 1 Solo Tour” Internationally (USA, Scotland, Luxembourg, UK, Germany and Italy) and played also at The Troubadour in London and at the world famous Whisky a go go in Los Angeles where he record his Live DVD released May 2015. In 2016, released ‘Note Millenarie’, a live DVD filmed under the 4,000-year-old Olivaster Tree in Luras. Also in 2016, became a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) and get his secodn nomination at the 16th Independent Music Awards with his live EP, ‘Live at the Whisky a Go Go.’ In June of 2016, he collaborated with the Scottish songwriter Donald MacNeill to release an album called ‘Timeline’, which was reviewed very well by some of the most prominent music magazines in the United Kingdom and Europe. Rock and Reel (R2) rated the album four out of five stars, and they were but one of several publications that lauded the record. (Folk Words even made it their ‘album of the month’ in July.) The two artists toured Scotland, Italy, and Sardinia. Roberto has been invited to play at some of the most important trade fairs in the world, including the NAMM Show (Los Angeles), MusikMesse (Francoforte), Disma , SHG (Milano), ADGPA Italy and Acoustic Guitars International Meeting (Sarzana). Endorsed by different brands of guitar tools (Elixir Strings, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Reference Laboratoy Cables, MN Guitars, Fret-King e Vintage for StefyLine and Anderwood Guitars Weissenborn). The Guitar Maker, MN Guitars, has built a “Twilight 001/09 Roberto Diana Signature guitar”, which was presented for the first time in Los Angeles at NAMM ‘09. Roberto is a subtle yet powerful guitarist, equally at ease in both electric and acoustic settings. His personal musical style infuses classic guitar virtuosity with a rock n roll sensibility, making for an exciting and enthralling listen. From 2008 till 2016 Roberto plays with roots rock band Lowlands and, to date, has toured internationally, recorded and co-produced six albums with them. He has established a solid reputation in the studio, having worked both as an engineer and a producer on more than 60 recording projects with international artists such as Will T. Massey, Steve Lukather, Tony Levin, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Lewis, Frank Gambale, Dean Parks, Brian Ray, Pietro Nobile, JP Cervoni, Simon Phillips, James Raymond, Linda, Amanda Shires, Rachel Z, Joey Huffman, Richard Hunter, Chris Cacavas and many more…

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, 1920s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Country, Irish rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Easy listening, Experimental, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, World music, Asian music, Australian music, Caribbean music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Baroque, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Renaissance, Ambient, Jazz, Modern jazz, Light music, Bossa nova
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Producer, Sound technician, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Examiner, Musicologist
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Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run-up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via PA after the final set until the venue closes, I can provide this for an additional £200.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as the PA is set up (normally in 30minutes) I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for the live performance!

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests have an amazing time. I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If there is a special song you'd like me to learn we can talk about it. There is a fee of £50 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Let me reply to this with a review by a journalist during my in Scotland Tour: “It’s truly amazing to hear Roberto’s ability to fill the hall with the sound of a full orchestra while maintaining the intimacy of one man giving his all to a very receiving audience” 

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed all over the World, Italy, Sardinia, UK, Scotland, Europe, United States and Asia. In any kind of Venue, Small and Intimate clubs like "The Troubadour in London" or biggest like "The Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles". A lot of outdoor concerts in some of the beautiful place in the world "Olivastro Millenario", "Dolmen" and "Domus De Janas".

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Several Genre and Musicians from Classical, Rock, Pop, World, Folk and Jazz.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

- Some big Festivals in Italy and Scotland. - I have performed a few times in Main Stages at Namm Show in Los Angeles. - Sold Out Theatres But I love also the intimacy of some House Concerts.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£350
Up to 2 hours£450
Up to 3 hours£600

Reviews

From customers:

***** R, 3 years ago

Diana brings together a rare talent for both crafting a hummable tune and sculpting a complex and detailed soundscape without ever letting one suffer from the other. Stunning.”

Akustik D, 8 years ago

“Sounds, rhythmics percussion and harmonies all in one guitar, without loops or effects. You can’t miss it!”

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