Eric Carbonara is a Philadelphia based guitarist, whose search for raw aural expression has led him far and wide--from noise & electro-acoustic music to taking deep root in the bounty of the wooden guitar.
Carbonara’s playing draws on the rich musical styles from Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to Hindustani & North African folk to form a kind of exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless unease. He has developed a unique idiom of gypsy music for non-existent cultures by combining rogue self-taught, free-form classical and flamenco techniques with those learned from formal studies in India.
“Carbonara has translated the sight of something you may see every day into a dramatic, poised skit.” --Grayson Currin, Pitchfork Media
“Carbonara has the songwriting and arranging chops to back up his rich, resonant sound. His tunes run from the unabashedly beautiful and mournful to the ecstatic and knotty….he knits the major to the minor, the modern to the ancient, and makes it seem absolutely natural…” --Matthew Wuethrich, Dusted Magazine
“His playing, though improvisational in nature, is held together by an underlying sense of structure and expert knowledge of the influences he references while showing strict allegiance to none
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