"Together this group of stellar artists traverse a wealth of cultural musical landscapes to express an immense and universal freedom and joy."
World jazz group Fortunato has been makings waves in the front range music scene since their inception 2 years ago at a house concert in Nederland. Their unique instrumentation and emphasis on virtuosity with heart, has earned them a following of devoted fans in the Denver/ Boulder area. They’ve gone on to perform in larger venues, jazz clubs, festivals and theaters throughout Colorado. Their unique instrumentation ( violin, guitar, bass, tabla ) creates a fascinating and compelling sound as they weave through gypsy jazz, Indian fusion, and other world musics with ease and virtuosity.
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Anthony Salvo and Fortunato playing "Waiting", an original composition.
Fortunato playing 'Tanz' a klezmer piece at Nevei Kodesh in Boulder
Reviews for Fortunato
"Thank you for having us for what I regard as one of the best concerts I've ever attended. As your first public performance all I can say is that I hope there are many more.
I was impressed by the fact that the group is named after your Grandfather....I think that's a wonderful way to show respect and love.
The music I was familiar with was a joy to hear, the pieces that were composed were wonderful in their complexity. When I got home I broke out all my Chick Corea and Weather Report, and John McLaughlin's Mahavisnu Orchestra......( I was up pretty late!)
Thank you again for a wonderful experience."
Paul 11/13/17 Nederland
"Anthony, I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed this concert!! We are not musicians, but we think Fortunato is definitely cooking!!! The four of you are playing wonderfully together. The chemistry is just great. The bravura is amazing.
As much as we enjoyed listening to your other bands, I think you took Fortunato to a whole other level.
It was a perfect mix of wonderfully performed classic jazz pieces (LOVED the two Shakti's, the Chick Corea’s, Pat Metheny’s) and beautiful original ones composed by you.
Just keep it going, Anthony! We can't wait for the next concert!"
Marco 11/12/17 Nederland
Jazz violinist Anthony Salvo has been composing, teaching and performing on Colorado’s front range for over 22 years. Steeped in much of the world’s musical cultures, as well as embodying an extensive knowledge of classical and jazz idioms, he revels in bringing new and exciting energy to roots traditions in a jazz setting. He is a free jazz improviser, gypsy jazz violinist, a crossover fusion musician in Indian, Gypsy, Middle Eastern, and African music, as well as a teacher and composer. He runs a full Suzuki teaching studio in Boulder, and his compositions from his CD, Finding Sanctuary, have been featured in a recent collaboration with Sound Circle, an 18 person women choir, as well as in many theater productions and films. Fortunato is his latest and most exciting project.
Alexios Anest is a guitarist born and raised in western Nebraska. He attended the Berklee college of music in Boston where he was a member of the Berklee classical guitar quartet. After Berklee, Alexios finished his studies at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Upon graduation he was hired to perform all over the world on cruise ships. In between cruises he lived in Granada, Spain learning flamenco guitar from the gypsies. In 2016 he released an album "Nebraska" which has been featured on NPR, combining flamenco technique with his American roots. Alexios has now settled in Denver to focus on teaching and composing.
Charles Parker Mertens is a multi-genre bassist, cellist, and producer. He has performed with Thievery Corporation, Les Nubians, and Cyril Neville and can be seen playing with Swing Fiddle Champion Katie Glassman, as well as Tony Furtado, Fox St. Allstars, Analog Son, and many, many more. Charles loves to try and be authentic and aware of cultural nuance in any style that he is playing.
Andy Skellenger, a tabla player and percussionist from Boulder, CO, is one of a small handful of westerners to break into the world of Indian Classical Music performance. He is also a well known cajon builder. He is a member of a number of local ensembles including Fortunato, Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Fusion, The Matt Skellenger Group, and Jam Key Jam among others.