Nazzareno Zacconi: Taming 12 strings

By Miche Archetto:

Here is one of the last videos of Italian guitarist Nazzareno Zacconi, playing his composition “Wild Gallop” on a Eko Mia 12-string acoustic guitar.


The official website of Nazareno is only in Italian. This is a rough translation of his bio:

I was born in Macerata in 1975 and started playing guitar when I was 9. I’ve been influenced by musicians such as Santana , BB King , Hendrix , and Clapton, and bands that have marked the history of rock and pop as: Beatles, Rolling Stones , Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple , Eagles , Pink Floyd and many others.

Afterwards my interests also expanded to include also jazz (Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Jim Hall, Jonh Coltrane , Charlie Parker , Miles Davis , Bill Evans , etc …) and classical music.

I started studying jazz improvisation and the rudiments of harmony when I was 14 mentored by Franco Ubaldinis. Then I studied classical guitar under the guidance of Pietro Antinori and graduated with honors from the Conservatorio of Fermo.

Another milestone of my career was meeting Ramberto Ciammarughi ( pianist and composer of international fame ) with whom I have also embarked on the study of harmony , improvisation, composition , arrangement and search for style.

Another very important moment is represented by the encounter with the guitarist Fabio Zeppetella ( one of the leading exponents of jazz guitar in Italy and in Europe) with which deepen the most important aspects regarding the jazz guitar language.