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Ciro Manna is an Italian born guitarist who so far has had a fruitful career in rock and jazz. He has played with many of the greats, including Frank Gambale, Greg Koch, Steve Vai, Robben Ford, Carl Verheyen, Andy Timmons, Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan, Dave Kilminster, Paul Gilbert, Buddy Whittington, John Mayall and Kiko Loureiro. His style is reminiscent of Larry Carlton but with a rockier edge. 

Born in Italy in 1981, he dedicated himself to learning classical guitar. Shortly after he switched to electric but later returned to classical and passed his eighth year exam at the conservatory. At age 17 he began playing live in clubs. His musical studies include studying at Universita della Musica in Rome with some of Italy's top guitarists, and attended several workshops with the likes of Mike Stern, Andy Timmons, Carl Verheyen, Guthrie Govan and Greg Howe.  In 2007 he released his first album 'Feel 'N Groove', a rock-funk album with jazz infusions. The album was a hit with magazines and websites from the US and Sweden, and gained airplay in Italy and Australia. Since 2008, Ciro has worked with the Italian organisation "Fa Re Musica", organising clinics with international guitarists including  Frank Gambale, Greg Koch, Steve Vai, Robben Ford, Carl Verheyen, Andy Timmons, Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan, Dave Kilminster, Paul Gilbert, Buddy Whittington, John Mayall and Kiko Loureiro.  In January 2010 he played in an orchestra directed by Maestro Renato Serio for the "Epiphany Concert", which was broadcast on Rai 1, an Italian television channel. He accompanied artists such as Fabio Concato, Silvia Mezzanotte and Rosalia de Souza. Towards the end of that same year he played in an orchestra directed by Maestro Bruno Santori which was again broadcast on Rai 1. His success in 2010 led to further televised orchestral performances in 2011 and 2012, including "Mettiamoci all'opera", "Attenti a Quei Due", "Non Sparate Sul Pianista", "Amici of Maria de Filippi", "Napoli prima e Dopo" and "Cantare è D'Amore".  In 2013 he participated in the "Epiphany Concert" once again, which was broadcast on Rai 1. He also played on "Italy's Got Talent", "Amci di Maria de Filippi", "Festival of Castrocaro" and "Napoli Prima e Dopo.  In 2014 he played with one of the top bass players in fusion, Alain Caron. Together they did an Italian tour which included jazz-rock festivals. Currently he is involved in the making of a jazz-rock instructional package, recording a second instrumental CD with special guests such as Simon Phillips, Leland Sklar, Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons, Guthrie Govan, and many others. He is also putting together a CD with vocalist Patrix Duenas, arranging pop songs and creating new tracks.