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Rob Balducci

Rob Balducci - Mantra - 2001 - Favored Nations

“ Rob is an excellent guitarist… I’ve always had his CDs around and I am waiting for him to become the next big guitar player ” - Joe Satriani

“There are two things that make an effective musician, one is the technical ability to perform on the instrument and the second is an emotional investment in what you are playing. Rob has a really good equilibrium for the technical side of things and the emotional investment” -Steve Vai

"Hummable shred, what a concept." Indeed. That was how Guitar World Magazine described Rob Balducci's debut CD "Balance". The recent release Mantra from New York guitar virtuoso Balducci keeps this tradition alive, yet offers so much more. On Mantra, Rob Balducci comes into his own. His songwriting style, multi-layered instrumental, has you believing that the guitar is his voice. There is enough guitar playing on this record to satisfy all fans of the genre, and the songs are so melodic that even if you are not a musician you will be enthralled by the melodies and moods he creates. Prepare yourself for a roller coaster ride of emotions as Mantra takes you on a guided tour through Balducci's psyche exploring all the facets of humanity, regardless of how light or how dark. The time of guitar driven music is now and Rob Balducci's recordings announce the return of the axe. © Guitar9http://guitargods.altervista.org/Balducci_Rob.htm

Rob Balducci is a Guitar Player/Composer from New York who has received rave reviews for his guitar playing and well crafted songs throughout the world from prestigious publications such as Guitar World, Guitar Magazine, Young Guitar, Player Magazine etc....He has been compared to John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde and others. The Rob Balducci Band, featuring Anthony Paganini on bass and Christopher Heinz on drums has performed with The Steve Morse Band, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh and more. Rob's undeniable talent has earned him endorsements by Ibanez, D'Addario, DiMarzio, Eventide, Mesa Boogie, Soldano, Morley and D’andrea. Rob is a unique player with awesome tone. He has an outstanding compositional sense and he creates music, not guitar riffery. “Mantra” is HR by A.O.O.F.C. Buy Rob’s great “The Color Of Light” album and check out his “Balance” album and “Violet Horizon” album with special guests Guthrie Govan and Dave Weiner. Support real music [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 108.2 Mb]


1 The Dance 5:12
2 Amadeo 3:58
3 Fear 4:24
4 Mantra 4:36
5 The Crimson King 4:42
6 My Last Good-Bye 4:27
7 Eve 3:31
8 Pressure 3:13
9 Kendra Lynn 00:37
10 Reckless 3:57
11 The Burning Man 4:54
12 No Mystery (Bonus Track) 3:32

All tracks composed by Rob Balducci


Rob Balducci - Guitar
Anthony Paganini - Bass
Christopher Heinz – Drums


A native of New York, Rob Balducci has defined himself as a guitarist, musician, composer and one of the most sought after instructors in New York. Balducci’s music is drenched in layers of sonic colors, each representing a tangible emotion, desire, depth, feeling, thought and mood. Rob said "There's this cliche that instrumental guitar music has gotten to be too much of a vehicle for soloing and showing off technique. That's completely the opposite of what I'm trying to do. My music is really like vocal songs with the guitar as the vocals.” Guitar World said after hearing Balducci’s debut CD “ Hum-able Shred! What a concept.” “ Rob is an excellent guitarist… I’ve always had his CDs around and I am waiting for him to become the next big guitar player ” - Joe Satriani “ Rob is a great player and is as dedicated to his work as one can get and it shows in the construction of his audio emotions”- Steve Vai Having played guitar for the past 24 years, Rob spent years dedicated to mastering his instrument. These well-spent years of woodshedding, and perfecting his technique would pay off handsomely. In 1990, Balducci would go on to win a local contest sponsored by Guitar For The Practicing Musician proclaiming him as New York's best guitarist. Balducci also furthered his six-string education, earning a degree in music performance and theory from Five Towns College. Balducci's debut CD, 1995's BALANCE distributed through Sony Music reaped unanimous praise from press and guitar enthusiasts alike heralding this promising new talent. After his debut CD Balance, Rob worked on new material and starting shopping his music to record companies. The new CD was sent to Steve Vai in hopes of Steve wanting to release it on his new record label Favored Nations Entertainment. “Favored Nations was created with the intent of bringing music that's energetic and emotional, with performances by artists of the highest caliber. The artists signed to Favored Nations are a unique, dedicated breed that have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments – Steve Vai “ Vai signed Balducci to Favored Nations and released Mantra and The Color Of Light CDs worldwide. Balducci’s newest 2009 Favored Nations CD is titled Violet Horizon and features 15 new tracks of his best work to date with special guest appearances by Guthrie Govan and Dave Weiner. 2009 has been a busy year, not only has Balducci recorded Violet Horizon he also collaborated with Bassist Randy Coven and drummer John Macaluso on a new CD that will be coming out on BHP/NuGroove records. The CD features songs written by Randy, Rob and John and is produced by Emmy Award winning producer Brian Tarquin. Joining Rob on this CD is fellow guitar players Steve Vai, Leslie West and many more…. Rob is currently working on his debut instructional DVD which will be released through The Rock House Method company. His stellar guitar stylings can also be heard on "Rewired: A Tribute To Jeff Beck," "Crushing Days: A Tribute To Joe Satriani" and a salute to Carlos Santana. Rob Balducci has the pleasure of working with and endorsing Ibanez Guitars, Cornford Amps, Intellitouch tuners, D’Addario Strings, Dimarzio Pick-ups, George L’s cables, Morley pedals, Keeley Pedals, Xotic pedals, Dunlop, Maxon and performs clinics around the world in support of these companies. The musical community has also taken notice of this guitar giant, with scores of global publications loudly singing his praises (most notably Guitarist UK, Guitar World, Young Guitar, and Burn). What remains constant about Rob Balducci is his intoxicating cinematic scope of sounds, skin-tight arrangements and extraordinary six-string dexterity. Music is a highly personal experience for each and every listener, a uniquely exotic adventure conjuring up a kaleidoscope of different emotions and feelings. Like a master snake charmer, Balducci's music seduces, inspires, challenges, and ultimately takes you onto a new dimension of light and shade and into the " Violet Horizon ". © Facebook 2014 https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rob-Balducci-Band/48340240834?id=48340240834&sk=info


A.O.O.F.C said...


P/W is aoofc

ooglybong said...

Just a note to mention that this link currently/apparently is stalling out with an eventual Error message via that site. ("Temporary error. Retrying...") Then, nothing happens.

Thanks for the great site, by the way! :-)

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,ooglybong! Thanks. I can't explain the stall on Mega. If you're using Chrome to DL, try Internet Explorer. Let me know the result. ATB...Paul