August 2018, Nureci, Sardinia, Italy - Performance of original compositions and blues standards at Mama’s International Blues Festival. Bob Forte: electric, acoustic, and slide guitar, vocals Skydog: harmonicas Tancredi Emmi: bass guitar Pietro Frongia: drums
April 2018, Sardinia, Italy - Blues and jazz tour with jazz guitarist Erik Weissglas. The Encounter of the Bob Forte Trio with the soulful guitar of Erik Weissglas gave birth to concerts full of creativity in an enthralling atmosphere. The jazz performances included original compositions from Erik Weissglas’s album "It's Raining, But Not Now". Bob Forte: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals Erik Weissglas: electric guitar, acoustic guitar Marco Piu: bass guitar Andrea Lai: contrabass Pietro Frongia: drums
January 2018 This album reflects Bob Forte’s work as a street musician. It contains his interpretation of a selection of blues standards and evergreens. To recreate the sound of his street performance, the album was recorded live using the same equipment. Bob Forte: vocals, guitars Chiara de Giorgio: backing vocals
April 2017, Fordongianus, Sardinia, Italy. The Bob Forte Trio, while deeply rooted in blues, also include elements of funk and jazz in their music. Putting their heart and soul into every song, unafraid to take risks, they immerse themselves completely without compromise. This sincere recipe creates a soulful sound with a spicy groove, providing the audience with an engaging blues experience. Live recording at the Fordongianus “Ancient Roman Hot Spring”, 06/08/2018. Bob Forte: electric, dobro, and squareneck guitar, vocals Marco Piu: bass guitar, vocals Pietro Frongia: drums
March 2014, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy Author & Main Artist. This live music show takes the audience on an engaging ride from the roots of the blues in the Mississippi Delta to Chicago Blues and Modern Blues. In between the songs, a narrator tells charming stories about Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and other blues legends. Bob forte: guitars, vocals Skydog: harmonicas Marco Piu: bass guitar Angelo Serra: acoustic guitar Chiara Degiorgi: vocals Lorenzo Balia: drums
March 2013, Piteå, Sweden Live album recorded in Piteå, Sweden. It contains Bob Forte original songs and blues standards. Bob Forte: vocals, acoustic and slide guitar Josefine Gellwar Madsen: vocals Daniel Forsberg: bass, contrabass Oskar Melander: drums, cajón Daniel Schwartz: nylon string guitar Erik Weissglass: electric guitar
August 2012, Narcao, Sardinia, Italy Opening act for the Narcao International Blues Festival 2012 with the harmonica player Skydog.
March 2012, Teatro Studio Acusticum, Piteå, Sweden Director, Producer, Author, Main Artist. A music show about the meaning of life, this live production involved 14 artists from 7 countries presenting different forms of art: music, theatre, film, poetry, and dance. The show was broadcast live on Piteplay TV
October 2011, Piteå Musikskolan, Studio C, Piteå, Sweden Director, Author, and Performer of this one-man band show about the blues and its folk stories. The show was broadcast live on Piteplay TV. Bob Forte: vocals, guitars
Bob Forte (Matteo Spano) was born on October 23, 1985 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.
During a high school year in the United States (in Perryville, St. Louis, MO), he discovered the music of Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, and Bob Dylan and decided to learn how to play the guitar and sing.After finishing school in Sardinia, he began working as a horse trainer. At the same time, he went searching for an old family friend, a musician he hadn’t seen in over a decade whose stage name was Bob Forte. The veteran musician took the young man under his wing and became his teacher and musical mentor for the next three years, eventually passing on his stage name. A new Bob Forte was born. Due to a change of circumstances, he gave up his job as a horse trainer. While searching for new professional opportunities, he met the pizza chef Mario Floris who taught him the art of making pizzas while also pushing him towards his goal of pursuing a music career. While working full-time at the pizzeria, Bob Forte entered the music scene in Cagliari. Under the guidance of the talented multi-instrumentalist Gianluca Muggianu, he discovered the fascinating and mystic world of the blues and started to perform in public. His first performance at a blues festival in September 2008 led to a life-changing decision: in order to dedicate more time to his music, he reduced his hours at the pizzeria and started performing regularly in local clubs and bars. There Bob Forte met Skydog, a harmonica player that took him deeper into the world of blues. He realized that in order to be a professional musician he needed formal training and education. So, in 2010 he started studying jazz-guitar at the Conservatory of Music in Cagliari (Sardinia). In a master class, he met the Swedish musicians and teachers Erik Weissglas and Michael Langs from the Piteå Music School at Luleå University in Sweden and successfully auditioned for a place at the school. In August 2011, Bob Forte moved to Piteå where he was surrounded by great musicians of different styles and immersed in the beauty of wild arctic nature. In search of a deeper understanding of what it means to be an artist, in 2014 he decided to also work as a street musician which proved to be a winning move. Playing in the street allowed him to grow exponentially as an artist, musician, and a human being. The variety of experiences helped him develop his style and find his true voice and sound. In April 2017, he returned to electric blues and created the Bob Forte Trio, with Marco Piu on the bass and Pietro Frongia on the drums. This trio, while deeply rooted in blues, also include elements of funk and jazz in their music. Putting their heart and soul into every song, unafraid to take risks, they immerse themselves completely without compromise. This sincere recipe creates a soulful sound with a spicy groove, providing the audience with an engaging blues experience. The first recording was a live concert at the Fordongianus “Ancient Roman Hot Spring” in August 2017. In January 2018, Bob Forte recorded “Street Life”, an album reflecting his work as a street musician. It contains his interpretation of a selection of blues standards and evergreens. To recreate the sound of his street performance, the album was recorded live using the same equipment. A special guest on this album is his long- time friend Chiara de Giorgio. In April 2018, Bob Forte and his trio went on a small concert tour through Sardinia together with Erik Weissglas. The encounter of the Bob Forte Trio with the soulful guitar of Erik Weissglas gave birth to blues and jazz concerts full of creativity in an enthralling atmosphere. The jazz performances included original compositions from Erik Weissglas’s album "It's Raining, But Not Now". In August 2018, Bob Forte and his trio, with the participation of his friend Skydog on the harps, performed at Mama’s International Blues Festival in Nureci, Sardinia. As a result, the Municipality of Nureci offered him an Artist Residence for 12 months. In this beautiful village of 300 people, surrounded by peace and nature at the heart of his land, Bob Forte is currently creating his new album.