John Etheridge will be at Worcester’s Huntingdon Hall in March, with a guest appearance from Kit Holmes, known for her sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing.
John Etheridge himself is a guitar legend, we've seen him in Worcester and Malvern with classical guitarist Jon Williams of course. Their collaboration on the 2002 CD The Magic Box, together with Francis Bebey and other African musicians, was outstanding. John has had a long and distinguished career, playing for some time the music of Django Reinhardt with Stephane Grapelli, played (and still plays) with Soft machine. He is a highly regarded guitarist on acoustic and electric guitars, blues, jazz and beyond.
Sean Shibe has released a new album “Profesión”. The album derives its name from Barrios's "Profesion de fe" (profession of faith), a poetic, mythological text praising the divine power of music, often used as a preface to his concerts.
The music is South American - Barrios’ La Catedral and Julia Florida, the 12 Villa-Lobos etudes and finally Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata.
Presto Music has an interview about the album, the composers and the European/South American influences of the music. The following extract illustrates Sean Shibe’s thoughtful approach to the music and ultimately its interpretation:
"Overall, what I'm trying to do with the album is set out that there is a trajectory, or an ascent, towards a kind of South American destiny. Beginning with some of the most conservative South American language that really does use the most revered Western names as a genesis, and then towards using them as hallucinatory, ghostly aspects as in the Ginastera."
Follow the link below to read the full interview.
Local guitarist Remi Harris brings his Hot Club Trio to Hereford’s Courtyard Theatre next April. Many of us have been lucky to see Remi at local venues in Worcester and know how talented he is. Now we have the opportunity to see him in Hereford with double bass player Tom Moore and rhythm guitarist Chris Nesbitt, performing as the Hot Club Trio.
The name suggests we can expect some music from Django Reinhardt and in fact they present an evening of music ranging from the acoustic jazz of the 30s and 40s to the electric blues of the 60s and 70s. Influences from Peter Green, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and others, blues and jazz as well as the Gypsy Jazz of Django Reinhardt..
Remi Harris goes from strength to strength and has developed an international reputation and following. Great chance to see him in action at Hereford’s excellent Courtyard Theatre.
Sean Shibe will be bringing his exceptional talent to the B:Music Jennifer Blackwell performance space in Birmingham in March 2024. This is part of his ECHO Rising Stars European Tour. Each year the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) selects a group of outstanding artists to become its Rising Stars. The selected Rising Stars receive professional development support and perform a concert tour across the halls of the ECHO network.
Sean Shibe does not restrict himself to the Classical Guitar, playing electric guitar also. His most recent solo release is a second album for Pentatone titled Lost & Found, recorded on electric guitar and featuring repertoire by Hildegard von Bingen, Olivier Messiaen, Moondog, Julius Eastman, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Meredith Monk, Shiva Feshareki, Oliver Leith and Daniel Kidane.
The info on the B:Music website suggests that this performance will feature music from his recent classical guitar album, Camino. In any case, as one of our members said “The guy’s a genius”. So go and see him!
Anabel Montesinos is a Spanish born classical guitarist with an international reputation, having won several major international guitar competitions and tours much of the world. Here we have the opportunity to listen to a track called Invention, by J.S Bach, arranged for guitar by Anabel herself. The track features on her new EP, which features Baroque music.
Daniel Martinez has a new production, Andalucia, which is a musical representation of the eight regions that make up the autonomous community of Andalucia in the South of Spain, the birthplace of flamenco; Cordoba, Sevilla, Cadiz, Malaga, Jaen, Granada, Huelva and Almeria.
Each region has its own distinct take on the very many diverse styles that make up flamenco and these will be presented to the audience through Daniel’s guitar, and accompanied by an array of flamenco musicians, singers, a chamber orchestra ensemble and flamenco dance.
All of the music for Andalucia, including the full chamber orchestra, has been written and composed by Daniel himself.
The production visits the Town Hall in Birmingham on March 15th 2024, with tickets now available from B Music, link below. Dates have now been released showing the show coming here to Worcester’s Swan Theatre on Friday, September 27th. Although this doesn’t feature in any brochures yet, we have a link to this production below and tickets are available now.
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