Fringe preview: Antonio Forcione and Adriano Adewale

This article is from 2015

Fringe preview: Antonio Forcione and Adriano Adewale

Musical 'soul mates' play a celebration of African rhythms and European melodies

Ask any Fringe act to describe their show, and usually, you'll get a quick answer. For Antonio Forcione however, it's not all that easy. 'We don't describe ourselves, we perform,' he says. 'We let other people describe what we do.'

The 'we' in that sentence refers to himself (an award-winning guitarist) and percussionist Adriano Adewale. Despite the initial hesitation, Forcione soon manages a solid description of their act, which is coming to Assembly George Square this Festival.

'We are both musicians that love performing and love playing organic instruments. By organic, I mean we don't use any loop effects, backing music or anything,' he explains.

'Whatever we're doing as performers, we make it there. There's a lot of improvisation and we are going to play a celebration of African rhythms and European melodies.'

Forcione and Adewale have been playing together for 15 years. 'I loved his playing before meeting him', Forcione says. 'Since then, we've been playing all over the world and we've recorded five albums together.'

'I'm very happy to come back to do the Fringe with Adriano', he adds, Forciono himself being something of a Fringe veteran. '[He] is like a soul mate for me musically.' You can catch the soul brothers playing rhythm until Aug 30.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 30 Aug, 8pm, £14 (£13).

Antonio Forcione and Adriano Adewale

Assembly Festival Award-winning guitar virtuoso Antonio Forcione joins dynamic Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale to form a breathtaking duo which masterfully blends soul-jazz and Brazilian guitar with African and Latin rhythms. Original world class music. ‘If I could do anything half as well as Forcione played…