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Guitarists unite two worlds

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Two worlds unite Saturday, at least musically, when fingerstyle guitarist Alex de Grassi from Northern California and Franco Morone from Italy get together for “guitars without borders” at the Center for the Arts.

The two acoustic guitarists had so much fun touring and eating pasta together in Morone’s part of the world last year that they’re now bringing the show to Northern California.

During his two-decade recording career, de Grassi has recorded solo and in ensemble settings. His latest release, “Tatamonk,” is a collaboration with Chilean musician Quique Cruz that explores the relationship between traditional Andean music and jazz.



De Grassi’s 10th recording, “The Water Garden,” garnered both GRAMMY and Indie award nominations and won the Crossroads Magazine award for best acoustic instrumental recording of the year.

Morone performs original compositions as well as his arrangements of traditional Italian and Celtic tunes. His repertoire also includes jazz, blues, Americana and folk.




Saturday’s concert is at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $15 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at

The center is at 314 W Main St., Grass Valley. Call 274-8384 for questions.


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