In 1993, A.M. Finaz switched from electric guitar to acoustic; and with singer Erriquez, he became the co-founder, co-writer and co-producer of Bandabardò. With this Tuscan band he has performed in the most prestigious music festivals and music halls of Italy, Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Spain.
As of today, there are nine Bandabardò CDs; and since 2002, their albums have always placed in the Italian top ten charts, and also appear on the charts in Spain, France, Belgium, Germany and Japan.
Bandabardò has won many awards: Premio Recanati (1998); Premio Ciampi (1996, 2003 and 2010); Best CD at Mei of Faenza (1999, 2004, 2006); SIAE prize as author of the best artistic opera, “Ottavio” (2009). In 2010 Finaz won the “Trofeo In-Sound” award as best Italian acoustic guitarist, and also the Premio Tenco as producer of the CD “Ultima notte a Malastrana” by Peppe Voltarelli. In 2011 he won the international “ombra della sera” prize in the musicians’ section.
In addition to his work with Bandabardò, Finaz has collaborated in studio and live with many other artists including Carmen Consoli, Daniele Silvestri, Max Gazzé, Paola Turci, Dolcenera, Goran Bregovic, Piero Pelù, Modena City Ramblers, David Sylvian, C.S.I., Caparezza, Moni Ovadia, Franco Battiato, Daniele Sepe, Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, Roy Paci, Stefano Bollani, Tonino Carotone, Patty Pravo, Stefano “Cisco” Bellotti, Casa del vento, Giobbe Covatta, Dario Fo, Franz di Cioccio, Tony Esposito, Folkabbestia, Peppe Voltarelli, Marco Calliari and Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd and Lou Reed producer).
He has been a guest on many national TV shows such as “Parla con me” (Rai 3), “Taratatà” (Rai 2), six editions of the Primo Maggio concert in Rome (Rai 3), MTV Day, CD Live (Rai 2), MTV-Unplugged and Supersonic, Help and Roxy Bar (Tmc 2); and played on live Radio Rai programs such as “Diretta da via Asiago,” “Caterpillar,” and “Village.” Finaz is also often a guest of the German radio station WDR in the Funkhouse Europa section. Finaz worked in the Spanish TVE for two years with special one hour shows and was also a guest also on the French national radio show “Les fouls du roi.” In 2008 he played live on RadioCanada.
Finaz composed several movie soundtracks “Cuori al verde” by G. Piccioni with Silvestri, G. Scarpati and M. Buy, “Fuga dal call center,” the short film “Shooting” by G. Giannone, and the new G. Gagliardi film “Tatanka,” scripted by Roberto Saviano. For theatre he composed for “L'uomo dal fiore in bocca” by Luigi Pirandello (with the “Avventura colorata” company), and “Un uomo è un uomo” by B. Brecht (produced by the teatro stabile dell'Antella).
“I thought an amp had not yet been created that truly respects the sound, dynamics and musical nuances of the acoustic guitar,” says Finaz. “But the Markacoustic combo changed my thinking. Finally I hear the real sound of my guitar, through an amp that is ultra-light, portable and effective both on big stages and in the studio. It’s so practical I can take it anywhere, even on planes. The controls are very effective and transparent, and include a powerful anti-feedback control that allows you to play at high volumes even in small places. From now on, I will never be without my small jewel… it’s really true that size isn’t everything.”