I am Italian, I have spent many years living in Crete (Greece) and I am now living in Madrid. I dedicate myself to the wonderful world of music, my specialty is the Steel guitar or Lap Steel guitar (many call it simply slide guitar).

It is a wonderful instrument that I invite you to know and listen to. My music mixes the sound of the Steel guitar with Folk, IndieFolk, and also some electronic touch. A fusion between the Mediterranean and the American roots.

Apart from following my artistic path in Spain during these years, I have worked with different musicians and television and radio channels such as Tele 5, Cuatro, Telemadrid, LaSexta, Ondacero, Melodía FM, Radio3, Radio Coop and I have performed at festivals such as High Rock -A- Billy, Barcelona International Jazz Festival, Blues Cazorla, Out Jazz, Cuenca International Film Festival, Jazz Moncloa, Matala Festival of Greece, Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival (Ireland).

In different events for the Italian embassy, ​​the Chamber of Commerce of the National Library of Madrid, I have also been fortunate to participate in the recording of many albums as a "session musician" with artists like Ismael Serrano, Flaco Barral, Curt Savoy.

In 2016 I released my first album: Jonathan Colombo Storie published by Gasser Discos. In 2017, I started an audio visual project called Urban Slide. Slideguitar themes recorded in emblematic places of Madrid. It is the single that anticipates the sound of the new album.

I started playing Steel Guitar or Lap Steel right after suffering from tendonitis. I got injured and the doctors told me that I had to be a month without playing the guitar since it also hurt me to squeeze the strings with my left hand. And of course, the problem is that I could not live or be without playing the guitar.

I had seen a video of Hawaiians playing a guitar lying on the legs (Lap Steel) and sliding a steel bar or "tone bar" on the strings, which always prompted my curiosity. I wanted to know more about it and learn well. And so I did, it was how I picked up my acoustic guitar, lifted the strings and began to play it.

  

Fifteen years later, Steel Guitar is my most precious instrument, the one I like the most and with which I compose most of what I write, and it makes up my Trade Mark.

 

Throughout this time I have played the Lap Steel Guitar with many musicians in different groups of different styles, from: Folk, Blues, Pop, Hawaiian, Country, Blue Grass, and also ethnic music and music of oriental roots.

 

It is usually tuned in "open" which means that without pressing anything a chord sounds, usually G major or D.

The sound possibilities it produces are similar to those of the human voice. Being the Steel an instrument without frets (like a violin) allows us to play infinite fractions of notes. Depending on how it is played it may sound Hawaiian, Blues, Ethnic, Pop ...

 

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Apart from playing live I collaborate with different studios and individuals to record this wonderful instrument.

 

And I also teach new generations of Steel Guitar.

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