Eric Carbonara is a Philadelphia based guitarist, whose search for raw aural expression has led him far and wide – from noise & electro-acoustic music to taking deep root in the bounty of the wooden guitar.
Carbonara's playing draws on the rich musical styles from Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to Hindustani & North African folk to form a kind of exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless unease. He has developed a unique idiom of gypsy music for non-existent cultures by combining rogue self-taught, free-form classical and flamenco techniques with those learned from formal studies in India.
His live solo performances range from contemplative acoustic meditations to aggressively loud electric sets; both encompassing Carbonara's ability to draw the listener in to his world, where his lyrical playing doesn't just entertain but triggers a myriad of emotional responses.
Carbonara has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe promoting his releases on Locust Music, Majumua Music and New American Folk Hero as well as various self-releases for solo guitar and solo upright chaturangui music.
On Towards a Center of Infinite Flux, Carbonara brings the many facets of his playing together and makes these seemingly disparate elements work together as a focused whole. Meditative workouts flow into electronic excursions and back again, reminding the listener that dichotomies in the world of sound only exist when we create them, and those that are receptive are richly rewarded.
"Carbonara has the songwriting and arranging chops to back up his rich, resonant sound. His tunes run from the unabashedly beautiful and mournful to the ecstatic and knotty. He manages the not-so-easy trick sitting modern dissonance alongside a host of references to the music of other cultures without making an issue of it. The fluctuating tempos and ecstatic chording could come just as easily come from rembetika or Ostad Elahi as from some psychedelic freak-out.."
- Matthew Wuethrich, Dusted (review of "Exodus Bulldornadius")