Voodoo Highway are glad to announce that Matteo Bizzarri (Guitar Player from the band) is the Winner of the 2012 “Ritchie Blackmore Protégé Shred Off” competition. Matteo Bizzarri’s Videoclip for the contest can be viewed below.
Voodoo Highway says: “Thank you all for the huge support, and obviously to Jim Manngard (Blackmore’s guitar tech), Andy DiGelsomina and Keith Langerman for choosing the Voodoo Highway’s trademark.”
“Matteo’s composition had a good vibrato and picking technique that combined the elements of Classical, Blues, Hard Rock, Baroque, Medieval, and Renaissance – very reminiscent of Ritchie’s playing style (throughout the his career). The riff grooved. The solo and outro had a good, tasty feel to it. I liked the ‘vibe’ and the ‘attack’ along with the delicate work of picking and inflection.”
“He not only followed the rules (of the contest), but great playing, especially in the second half of the video, where he got more creative.”
Langerman ended with, “Matteo’s Bizzarri’s ‘Blackmoresque Medley’ exemplified best the spirit of Ritchie’s playing, which has been a hallmark throughout his career.”
The top prize is a plaque with the person’s name, city and country of origin, and the current year.
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