Guitarist Giovanni Moltoni to Release New CD September 23rd

BOSTON, MA -- Boston-based guitarist/composer/educator Giovanni Moltoni is proud to announce the September 23rd release of his latest recording, openground (C Sharp Squared Music Productions), featuring bassist Paul Del Nero and drummer Bob Tamagni. This three year-old trio of Berklee College of Music faculty members performs seven of Moltoni's original compositions, combining the open sound of unusual chord voicings with the familiar guitar trio format. Two additional tracks feature Moltoni playing solo on acoustic and electric guitar repsectively. The Giovanni Moltoni Group will celebrate the release of openground with Boston-area performances at Berklee's David Friend Recital Hall on October 8th and the Acton Jazz Café on November 14th.

"The name of the recording has to do with how the harmonies were used," explains Moltoni, who founded the group to explore compositions he has written over the last few years. "Without getting too technical, the sound of tensions in the upper structure of the chords creates unusual voicings with a very airy and open sound. Beyond that, I also wanted this release to reflect the freedom of vision only an independent release can provide. I've known Paul and Bob for many years, and I knew they would be the right musicians to explore these ideas with me."

The Italian-born Moltoni moved to Boston in 1989 and is a graduate of both New England Conservatory and Berklee, where he has been an Assistant Professor of Ear Training for the last six years. He has also studied privately with renowned jazz educator Charlie Banacos and veteran guitarist Mick Goodrick. Moltoni is a versatile acoustic and electric guitarist who has performed in a variety of contexts including classical, swing and modern jazz. Boston Phoenix Assistant Arts Editor Jon Garelick wrote, "Moltoni has a guitar style for all seasons: his phrasing is fluid enough for even the moldiest Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel fans, and there’s enough steel and electricity in his rhythms for the children of Miles." His performance history includes regular performances at Boston's premier jazz venues as well as jazz festivals in Austria, Germany and Italy. More information is available at

openground is available through North Country Distribution and online retail outlets like and . Please direct all press and radio inquiries to Improvised Communications' Scott Menhinick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (781) 893-9424.

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