Musician Toni Curmi is back on Guitar after 10 years!
On Thursday 22nd November 2018, Toni Curmi mesmerized the audience at Pintonino Valletta Waterfront - Malta. Toni Curmi was the special guest at the 3rd edition of Arte e Vino: a fusion of arts, music, food and wine by Art Malta Sound in collaboration with S. Rausi Trading Ltd. The evening entitled ‘I Have Something to Tell You’ creatively directed by Artist Aaron Lu, invited the star of the evening to share his journey as a musician.
The niches at the location held photographs, awards and memorable icons from Toni’s experiences. The audience joined the warm atmosphere of the evening in conversation and enjoyed a dedicated menu by the host and chef patron Charles Pintonino. From his early days in approaching music, the first encounter and inspiration to master his techniques in guitar playing, the sudden steps, lifetime experiences, obstacles and joyrides - the audience listened attentively to what Toni had to tell us. ‘Hekkoja’ the Ibanez Guitar hand painted by Aaron Lu was unveiled. Toni surprised us all with a memorable live performance and took us on a journey in music; transposing us from one story to another in sounds. Through his experience in Sitar playing and intensive interest in music techniques, Toni reached another level of maturity in guitar playing which was expressed with great passion to the delight of those present.
Noel Scerri, who has known Toni and played together for many years, expressed that he was blown away and surprised by Toni’s excellent performance. ‘Vice Versa’ the painting by Aaron Lu which was presented at the evening depicts the artist's vision of Toni and Noel as ‘musically inseparable’ and a complimentary reflection of one another. The painting which is the cover of the new upcoming album by Swara was declared as a silent auction with the proceeds going to the making of the album.
Also present at the event were Mr. Kurt Camilleri representing SmartCity Malta, Mrs Anna Ferris representing Faber Castell - The Concept Malta, artists and friends.
Who is Anthony Curmi?
A baggage of experience dating back to 1985, both locally and overseas. Double Malta Music awards winner with Rock band Blade back in 1998. He has performed live as well as recorded albums or session recordings both locally and overseas.
Excels in freestyle musicianship with very well trained musical ear. Anthony plays also Didgeridoo, percussions and Guitar. With his roots in Rock music (lead guitarist). Eventually he took a definite side step towards eastern music, especially Indian Classical Music. Offers a lot of spirit and verve in his music and style. Currently gigging with Cushion as well as preparing musical material for the band's first EP.
Who is ArtMalta?
ArtMalta, a communications platform merging arts, music, design and business audiences was born in January 2016. The concept was co-founded by Gabriella Mallia and Aaron Lu (nom de plum Luigi Rossi). By August of the same year, ArtMalta organized the PoP Up Art Gallery at Villa Castro Naxxar with 50 artists, performers and designers. ArtMalta organized a number of events in Malta and in Italy, including art exhibitions and music concerts.
In May 2018, ArtMalta started to operate at Aldabra Ateliers & Gallery in SmartCity Malta. With an online platform of more than 12,000 members and 3 main sub-division brands; Think1st (Design), ArtMalta Sound (Music), and AMOT (On Tour Projects), ArtMalta seeks to continue to bring the message of good taste and respect in communications. ArtMalta is a journey of meeting and discovering dedicated people through arts, a platform of sharing creative ideas and bringing people together to create new experiences.
Photos by Max Pixbymax
Video by Noel Scerri