Salvatore Agate

jazz guitarist

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Scent of wet ground...yellow leaves..melancholy and romantic landscape. This is what my sound conveys.

Born on March 12, 1981 in Palermo, he began to get passionate about the guitar at the age of 10, influenced by his father, who was also a guitarist, and continued for many years as a self-taught. In the early 2000s he approaches the fingerpicking genre and composes his first original songs inspired by the Canadian guitarist Don Ross, whom he will personally meet a few years later. In 2003 he began his first live performances in the clubs of the city, with a country music duo, but in the same period he became passionate about Jazz. He then decides to attend jazz guitar courses at the Brass Group school in Palermo, where he learns the first notions of jazz harmony and improvisation. In 2007 he attended the Umbria Jazz seminars in Perugia, conducted by the Berklee School, and in the same year he joined a gypsy jazz band, with whom he worked for almost a year on the MSC cruise ship. Back on dry land, he continues his musical activity with the same band, performing in theaters, jazz clubs and festivals throughout Italy. The collaboration with Frequenze Retrò will last until 2017. In 2018 he founded the Swing Out quartet, with which he still performs live. Also in 2018, parallel to jazz music, he decides to undertake classical guitar studies at the Alessandro Scarlatti Conservatory in Palermo.

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Interview with Salvatore Agate

  1. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  2. A: Just my guitar. Nothing else matters.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: MacBook Air M1 Logic Pro 2021 Rode NT1A Shure Beta57A and more...

  5. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  6. A: I have been part of a musical group for 10 years. With them I played all over the place and we recorded two records. I have good memories.

  7. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  8. A: I have released an unreleased disc of jazz music. Listen to me on SoundCloud and tell me what you think

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I promise i will surprise them

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Music gives me the opportunity to be true, to express who I really am.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Many clients ask me why I go from new age to jazz? I reply that I have always followed my heart, there is an underlying magic that unites these two musical genres.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: When you listen to your song, what landscape or situation comes to your mind?

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: First listen to the sound of my guitar, then contact me and explain your needs

  19. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  20. A: I've always dreamed of playing for Sting. I think he is one of the best and most elegant artists in the world

  21. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  22. A: Jazz, Swing, Manouche

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: I can translate feelings into music

  25. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  26. A: elegance, lightness, charm

  27. Q: What's your typical work process?

  28. A: first of all, I ask the client what kind of feeling he wants to convey with his music. Then I listen to his track on headphones many times, and then ... I rely on my imagination

  29. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  30. A: My heroes are Django Reinhard and Bill Evans.

  31. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  32. A: Usually, clients ask me to record a jazz guitar solo or classical guitar arpeggio, which can convey charm and elegance to their original pieces.

Salvatore Agate Jazz Project - Minton's

I was the guitarist and composer in this production

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GenresSounds Like
  • Django Reinhardt
  • Wes Montgomery
  • Bill Evans
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