“10 out of 10. Sometimes a guitar player comes along that offers a genuinely fresh flavour by forging new sonic terrain. This is certainly the case with Daniele Gottardo. … INkBlot is harmonically rich, intricately crafted, hugely refreshing and wonderfully performed. One of the year’s most unique instrumental albums.”
“I’m often asked who is my favorite new young guitar player. Well, here he is: Daniele Gottardo. He’s Italian, and I have been following him for quite some time now. He has an elegant touch, stunning intonation, innovational style, and he honors the melody. Enjoy, and check out his record Non Temperato for a real treat.”
Steve Vai, in Guitar World Magazine, January 26, 2017
“Every now and then, perhaps I would even say once in a blue moon, (and a blue moon is very rare) I come across a guitar talent that is truly stimulating to me. This young Italian guy Daniele Gottardo is one of those people. His technique is stunning but his choice of notes and the harmonic/melodic atmospheres he creates have unique qualities to them. For me his music has a way to scratch an itch that’s very hard to reach.”
Steve Vai (Solo artist, Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake)
Daniele Gottardo is not only one of the most consumate and accomplished guitarists in the world today, but he is also an important force as a composer of our time.
“INkblot” transcends genres and absolutely shines with creativity and ingenuity. This album is a goldmine discovery for any true music listener.
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)
“If Paganini were alive today he would be Daniele Gottardo composing rich, majestic orchestral music and seamlessly weaving in a solo part of jaw dropping virtuosity!The precision, passion, beauty of tone, variety of articulation and the bubbling fountain of notes convinces me that Gottardos electric guitar playing is the equal of any of the worlds great violin virtuosi.This music conjures fantastical topographies but it also dances like the title track Inkblot which I hear as a psychedelic tango.”
Steven Mackey (Renowned GRAMMY winning composer, Professor of composition at Princeton University)
“The world is full of virtuosic guitarists who make mediocre music. If only there were more musicians like Daniele Gottardo! Gottardo’s technical excellence is quite literally second to none. But more important, he is a fine composer and orchestrator. His latest release, Inkblot, is an unprecedented marriage of post-Romantic classical composition and futuristic fretwork. This is profound and stirring music, imaginatively conceived and brilliantly executed. I’ve never heard guitar music like this before, and I bet you haven’t either.”
Joe Gore (Tom Waits, Courtney Love, Premier Guitar)
“In this somewhat over-populated world of instrumental guitar music, this guy’s unique technical and harmonic approaches really make him stand out from the crowd… plus, he plays every note like he really means it, which is most refreshing. Daniele rocks!”
Guthrie Govan (Hans Zimmer, The Aristocrats)
“Daniele has a unique and exciting playing style, and he is also a fantastic composer, which is so refreshing! He is a true musician.”
Jason Becker (David Lee Roth, Cacophony)
“when listening to the music of daniele gottardo, after a few seconds you will understand that we are faced with a great talent. but after a few minutes, it becomes clear that he is not just a “guitar virtuoso,” but also a fine composer: deep, cultured, and with an open mind to the new and different, qualities that few others possess. his great technique is never an end in itself, and does not sin of narcissism, but supports the musical structure of his work with musicality and awareness, creating a synergy between the instrument and orchestra; his music has a strong impact, evocative and visionary. inside his creativity, different ages come together.”
Andrea Portera – Composer
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