Sardinian electro-acoustic stringed multi-instrumentalist songwriter, composer and performer, twice nominated at the Independent Music Awards (12th best instrumental album and 15th best Instrumental EP).
Roberto performs on a variety of instruments including Acoustic and electric Guitars, Weissenborn, Vichitra Veena, baritone 8 strings guitars, dobro, banjo and bouzouki.
In September 2012 he released his first solo record “Raighes Vol 1” (“Roots” in the Sardinian language) rated as one of the best instrumental album of the year for the music magazines/webzines: Mescalina (IT), Buscadero (IT), Akustik Gitarren (DE), Guitar Club (IT), The Real Roots Café (NL) , R2 (UK) and others.
He toured “Raighes Vol. 1 Solo Tour” Internationally (USA, Scotland, Luxembourg, UK, Germany and Italy) and played also at The Troubadour in London and at the world famous Whisky a go go in Los Angeles where he record his Live DVD released May 2015.
His show it’s a mix of Mediterranean music with a Rock and Roll sensibility that astonishes audiences.
13th March 2017 release “Raighes Vol 2” phisically distributed in Italy by I.R.D. , by Birnam in UK and by Alliance in US. The record has been acclaimed by the International press, 5 Stars on the UK Rock and Reel (R2) and has been put forward for a Grammy Awards nomination in the Cathegory “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album”.
In 2016, released ‘Note Millenarie’, a live DVD filmed under the 4,000-year-old Olivaster Tree in Luras.
Also in 2016, became a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) and was nominated again in the 16th Independent Music Awards for his live EP, ‘Live at the Whisky a Go Go.’
In June of 2016, he collaborated with the Scottish songwriter Donald MacNeill to release an album called ‘Timeline’, which was reviewed very well by some of the most prominent music magazines in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Rock and Reel (R2) rated the album four out of five stars, and they were but one of several publications that lauded the record. (Folk Words even made it their ‘album of the month’ in July.) The two artists toured Scotland, Italy, and Sardinia.
Roberto has been invited to play at some of the most important trade fairs in the world, including the NAMM Show (Los Angeles), MusikMesse (Francoforte), Disma , SHG (Milano), ADGPA Italy and Acoustic Guitars International Meeting (Sarzana).
Endorsed by different brands of guitar tools (Elixir Strings, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Reference Laboratoy Cables, MN Guitars, Fret-King e Vintage for StefyLine and Anderwood Guitars Weissenborn).
The lutherie, MN Guitars, has built a “Twilight 001/09 Roberto Diana Signature guitar”, which was presented for the first time in Los Angeles at NAMM ‘09.
Roberto is a subtle yet powerful guitarist, equally at ease in both electric and acoustic settings.
His personal musical style infuses classic guitar virtuosity with a rock n roll sensibility, making for an exciting and enthralling listen.
From 2008 till 2016 Roberto plays with roots rock band Lowlands and, to date, has recorded and co-produced six albums with them, also touring internationally with them.
He has established a solid reputation in the studio, having worked both as an engineer and a producer on more than 40 recording projects with international artists such as Will T. Massey, Steve Lukather, Tony Levin, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Lewis, Frank Gambale, Dean Parks, Brian Ray, Pietro Nobile, JP Cervoni, Simon Phillips, James Raymond, Linda, Amanda Shires, Rachel Z, Joey Huffman, Richard Hunter, Chris Cacavas and many more…
“Sounds, rhythmics percussion and harmonies all in one guitar, without loops or effects. You can’t miss it!” (Akustik Gitarren – DE)
“Impossibile da paragonare ad altri riferimenti e per questo assolutamente meritevole di essere esplorato per poi risalire il fiume della produzione di quello che, indiscutibilmente, é uno degli artisti più interessanti del consesso indie nazionale (e non solo).” (Vittorio Formenti – Mescalina.it)
“It’s truly amazing to hear Roberto’s ability to fill the hall with the sound of a full orchestra while maintaining the intimacy of one man giving his all to a very receiving audience” (C McM Colonsay Scotland)
“Ci troviamo di fronte ad un album che dipinge una serie di acquarelli dell’anima, non c’è niente fuori misura, non ci sono virtuosismi che non siano funzionali alla bellezza, oserei dire bucolica delle sue poesie che fluiscono una dopo l’altra senza soluzione di continuità” (Andrea Trevaini – Buscadero)
“One of the best Italian Guitar Player”(Gianni Zuretti – Mescalina)
“Diana brings together a rare talent for both crafting a hummable tune and sculpting a complex and detailed soundscape without ever letting one suffer from the other. Stunning.” (5 Stars on Rock and Reel – Trevor Raggat)
“this guy shouldn’t play guitar so well for his tender years – but he does!” (Chris Cacavas – Green on Red)“
“A truly gifted performer, Roberto Diana once more takes us home.” (4 Stars on Liverpool Sound & Vision – Ian D. Hall)