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
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.
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).