Right Brain: Sal Mancini | SummitDaily.com

Right Brain: Sal Mancini

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

Local musician and teacher Sal Mancini came to Colorado nearly eight years ago from Chicago with his wife and daughter, not because they were skiers, but for the pure beauty of the state. Mancini said he appreciates being able to see the stars since there’s no city haze. Mancini, who’s been a general music teacher at the middle school, is transferring to Silverthorne Elementary for the next term. He said he looks forward to the opportunity to teach kids to read music at an earlier age. Mancini has been playing professionally since he was 18 and can be seen at local venues throughout the year. This Sunday he’ll accompany Nancy Cook at the Rockin’ the Rockies concert at Lake Dillon Amphitheatre. His CD, “My Everything,” which was recently released, is a compilation of Mancini’s personal bests.

What are your dreams/what would you like to do with your art?My dreams are to share the music God has given me, with people. I hope to put out many more albums/CDs, featuring all the various styles that I love to play: jazz, blues and rock. What does art give you/why do you do it?Art/music gives me unspeakable joy and peace, and I express it through my guitar and voice. It simply is a gift from God which requires a love and passion for music, consistent musical training of guitar and voice, and countless hours of experimenting in order to be creative.

What do you try to convey through your art?I try to convey what I am feeling … What is/has been your biggest challenge, and how do/did you deal with it?My biggest challenge as an adult musician, is spending more time developing my skills on the guitar and voice so that I can remain enthusiastic and creative.

What are you most proud of regarding your art (and/or greatest accomplishment)?I am most proud and grateful to be able to teach and perform music as a professional guitarist and vocalist. One of my greatest musical accomplishments was creating a CD/album that exemplifies my original compositions and diverse guitar styles, such as jazz and classical music. I am also grateful to be able to have my first CD available at Borders Books in Dillon. How do you stay fresh/motivated?I stay fresh and motivated by truly listening to various styles of music, such as jazz, rock, classical and blues, and being sensitive and open-minded to all styles of music.

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