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Spanish Guitar Chicago / Spanish Guitar Duo

Flamenco Duo from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 2500 miles
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$200 - $2000 per event
WINNER OF GIGMASTER'S "TOP GUITAR DUO" FOR 6 CONSECUTIVE YEARS: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015!!!

The Spanish Guitar Duo has performed for hundreds of private events including weddings, corporate events, school performances, and concert series for over 20 years. Elegance, professionalism and artistry are at the heart of the Spanish Guitar Duo, and are what has made this duo a winner of Gigmaster's "TOP GUITAR DUO" for 6 straight years.

The Spanish Guitar Duo features Diego Alonso (guitar) and Carlo Basile (guitar) as well as other members of the renown ensemble, Las Guitarras de España. Along with Diego and Carlo, Bob Garrett (percussion), Greg Nergaard (bass), and Chihsuan Yang (violin) form the core group. The ensemble features original, instrumental Spanish guitar based material as well as some traditional flamenco, classical and fusion pieces sometimes incorporating vocals and dance. Other instrumentation is also available depending on our event's needs.

BIOGRAPHIES
Diego Alonso (Diego-Alonso Audette-Aste): Guitarist
Diego Alonso has performed, composed, and taught Spanish Guitar nationally and internationally throughout the last 10 years. He graduated with highest honors in Flamenco Guitar Performance from the Fundación Cristina Herren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain) where he studied closely under flamenco luminaries Pedro Sierra, Niño de Pura, Paco Cortés, Eduardo Rebollar, Tino Van Der Sman, Javi Gomez, and Pepa Sanchez.

Throughout his professional career, Diego Alonso has composed, and shared the stage, with many prominent musicians and ensembles including Rocío Márquez (flamenco voice), Jorge Pérez (flamenco percussion). Alfonso Cid (flamenco voice), Darwin Noguera (piano), Victor Garcia (trumpet), Alberto Sellés (flamenco dance), Chiara Mangiameli (flamenco voice & dance), Las Guitarras de España, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and others.

Diego Alonso is also the founder of "Spanish Guitar Chicago" and of the "Sonanta School of Guitar." He currently teaches Spanish guitar in Chicago, IL, and composes and performs flamenco and flamenco-jazz inspired music for various solo and ensemble projects.

Carlo Basile: Guitarist
Carlo Basile has a Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from NEIU. He studied for 7 years with Anne Waller (head of the Northwestern University guitar program). Basile also travelled to Spain a number of times to study flamenco in Andalusia with guitarists Luis Ruiz, Jose Luis Rodriguez, and Flavio Rodriguez. Additionally, Basile has visited over 30 countries to perform, teach, and study ethnic music.

Basile has taught Spanish guitar workshops in places such as Chang Mai (Thailand), Cebu (Philippines), and Hanoi (Vietnam). He has performed and collaborated with noted artists such as Kinan Abou-afach (Syria), Morikeba Kouyate (Senegal), Sara Ranganathan (India), and Flavio Rodriguez (Spain/Brazil).

Over the past 12 years, Basile has worked with Las Guitarras de España, a Spanish guitar-influenced world music ensemble which he founded. The ensemble has released 5 CDs to critical acclaim and has performed throughout the US for concerts, universities and major festivals such as SXSW. The Chicago Tribune has recently dubbed the ensemble's new work as “brilliant.” Basile's guitar work has been featured in various commercial radio and television spots. Most recently, Basile has composed and performed music for theater including Steppenwolf and Lookingglass Theaters. Basile was the featured musician in the Lookingglass Theater production of “Rick Bayless in Cascabel.” In that work, Basile was referred to as a “masterful guitarist” by a review in the Chicago Sun-Times.

"Carlo Basile, a masterful guitarist, filled the room with gorgeous melodies" (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times). "One of the guitar virtuosos on this planet!" (Rick Kogan, WBEZ).
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25+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!
2015 - Top World Music Duo
2014 - Top World Music Duo
2013 - Top World Music Duo
2012 - Top World Music Duo
2011 - Top World Music Duo
2010 - Top World Music Duo

Wedding Reception

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We cannot say enough how wonderful Diego and Carlos were at our July 5th wedding! We had family in town from Spain for the celebration and they were so touched by the gesture, and more importantly thought their music was fantastic. Diego was incredibly professional, and accomodating, and together they truly made our wedding magical. I'm sure someone in our family will be hiring him soon for their next party! Best, Samantha & Ignacio Navascues

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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I found Carlo & Diego online through Gigmasters and from my first contact with Carlo, my experience was nothing short of great. I was throwing a party for my mother's birthday and expected about 40 guests. Carlo and Diego were not only utmost professionals beforehand in planning and organizing with me, but once there, they created an incredible atmosphere, playing an array of music to fit the mood and audience, from Spanish guitar to a flamenco version of Happy Birthday, and even tango for the tango crowd. The quality of the sound was also superb. I could not be happier with the experience of hiring Carlo and Diego and with their memorable contribution to the event.

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Corporate Function

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These guys were so so great. I didn't have to worry about what they'd play and when we had a 15 min delay in beginning the program they came and asked me whether.they should keep playing a few more minutes in the meantime. I really hope others in attendance at the event hire them for their events.

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2017
Jun
3
Wedding Reception
Plainfield, IL
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2016
May
28
Birthday Party (Adult)
Toronto, ON
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2015
Nov
24
Family Reunion
Chicago, IL
9:30 PM - 11:30 PM
2015
Oct
23
Rehearsal Dinner
Chicago, IL
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2015
Oct
10
Wedding
Glen Ellyn, IL
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2015
Sep
26
Wedding
Chicago, IL
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2015
Sep
6
Wedding Reception
Chicago, IL
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Please note Spanish Guitar Chicago / Spanish Guitar Duo will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge.
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