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Musician and composer, Nicola Costa started playing
guitar at the age of 10. In his early teens Nicola became interested in
Rock, Blues and Electric Jazz music. He grew up with the music of
Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Weather Report and Jeff Beck
In the early 80’s Nicola played with several young bands covering a variety of musical styles and experiences. At the age of 19 he decided to pursue his musical education at the Academy of Music. Nicola is also a qualified double-bass graduate. In the meantime he continued his guitar studies with Scott Henderson (G.I.T - Hollywood L.A.) and Jim Kelly (Berklee College of Music - Boston).
At the age of 23 he began session works. He has performed, on over 40
different television shows, including the Sanremo Music Festival from 2002
to 2006. He has recorded, toured and played on TV with a variety of
international and italian artists like Lionel Richie, Natalie Cole, Michael
Bublè, Blues Brothers, Gavin DeGraw, Jose Feliciano, Vasco Rossi, Andrea
Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti, Renato Zero, Loredana Bertè, Luca
Barbarossa, Amii Stewart, Alexia, Ivana Spagna, Marco Masini, Fiorella
Manoia, Chiara Civello & Anà Carolina to name a few. He also worked with
composer and arranger like Ennio Morricone, Nicola Piovani, Geoff Westley.
In October 2007, Nicola released his first solo album "Electric Roots". The CD was well received by critics in Italy, Spain and in the US. Highlights included live performance at the most important Italian Rock Blues Festivals. Here's a quote from a review by Joe Romagnola of Grooveyard Records: "Nicola Costa is an outstanding, world-class player who stands tall with the best of them. The bluesy-fusion direction, hard vibes and grooves with liquid-organic tones are authentic and pure. The heavy Michael Landau inspiration on "Little Boy Blues" shines deep. Costa & his people did a excellent job on the rather superb "Electric Roots" disc". In 2009 “Electric Roots” has been nominated for a JPF Music Award in the “Best Instrumental Rock Album” category.
In 2008, Nicola toured nationally and internationally with the legendary
film music composer and director Ennio Morricone.
In 2009, he toured with Fiorella Mannoia.
In 2010, he toured and recorded with Fiorella Mannoia. He also has arranged songs for the live album called “Il Tempo e L’Armonia”.
Nicola currently performes with his own Group and Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, David Lee Roth) Trio.