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12/7 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents Classical Guitar Icon -- 5/12 ... Michael Lorimer was a favorite protégé of Andrés Segovia. "Michael Lorimer is one of the most talented young guitarists of these times and is the one I appreciate the most." (Andres Segovia) He caught the attention of American audiences in the early 1970s and his popularity soon extended beyond the shores of America. The first American guitarist invited to perform in the USSR, he also has appeared in Israel, Cuba, throughout Europe, and on most major North American recital series and stages.
At the same time that Michael Lorimer is an enthusias...
12/7 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents UK Fingerstyle Phenom -- 11/3 ... Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. When I asked Tommy Emmanuel who was the next great guitar player, he immediately said "Clive Carroll".
Born in England, Clive's breadth of musical curiosity was to become one of his strengths; even as a child Clive was as comfortable accompanying a group of folk singers as he was jamming along to Nirvana or performing standards with the Essex Youth O...
12/7 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents 10 String Flamenco Guitar -- 9/15 ... Perfecto De Castro is the quintessential guitarist’s guitarist. Well-versed in a multitude of musical styles, his affinity with the instrument is evident in everything he does; from unleashing an emotion-laden solo with an overdriven electric guitar, to navigating complex musical counterpoint on his 10-string classical guitar.
Perf, as he is known to Filipino music fans, is best recognized as the original guitarist for 90s Pinoy Rock supergroup Rivermaya. He has produced platinum-selling albums by Wolfgang and Marc Velasco, lent his guitar wizardry ...
12/7 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents Women in American Music -- 6/2 ... Del Rey’s Women in American Music concert follows the development of the music from classic blues, to rural blues, to swing and rocking hillbillies, through the stories of the diverse and interesting women that played music from 1900 to 1950. The show begins in the ’20s when pianists Lovie Austin and Lil Hardin, led jazz bands and wrote songs for singers like Alberta Hunter and Blue Lu Barker. Moving on to the ’30s singers Mildred Bailey and Billie Holiday are followed by instrumentalists like pianist Mary Lou Williams and bebop guitarist Mary Osborne. The ...
12/7 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents Slackers in Paradise -- 10/13 ... Hawaiian slack key guitar (ki ho’alu) is one of the great acoustic guitar traditions of the world, dating back to the 1840’s when guitars were first brought to Hawaii and relatively unknown outside the islands until recently. “Slack Key” means that some of the strings are slacked from standard tuning, with the bass, melody, and improvisation played at the same time, and is often played to accompany traditional dance or song. Many players use their own special tunings that often remain proprietary secrets.
Ken Emerson is a San Francisco bay area born/ Hawa...
12/7 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents Breathtaking Acoustic Fusion - 5/3 ... Claude Bourbon weaves his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavors of Europe and beyond, fusing every conceivable genre of acoustic guitar music into a master-class stage performance.
Claude grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained. He has performed and studied all over the world, crafting an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of western folk and Delta Blues, and often within one seamless stream of perfection...
12/7 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents Roundbreaking Percussive Guitarist -- 3/24 ... Though perhaps best known in the acoustic guitar world for his tapping and percussive skills as showcased on his popular 2001 album "Le Bleu" (which he recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in England), Justin King has enjoyed a varied career in and outside of music. His fingerstyle acoustic guitar music was inspired by Will Ackerman and other Windham Hill guitarists - especially Michael Hedges, the most influential of all the percussive “tappers.” He toured as a solo opening act for the likes of James Taylor, B.B. King, and ...
12/7 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents America's Good Time Blues Ambassadors -- 2/24 ... Flying Fish / Rounder recording artists Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan have been bringing their unique blend of guitar and harmonica blues, rags and good time music to widely diverse audiences for over 35 years. Their live performances include concerts, clubs and festivals all over the world, and they were the only musical act in America to play all four venues of the 1984 Olympic Games.
Together and separately they have worked on countless film scores, TV soundtracks, commercials and sessions. They've appeared on television internationally, were...
12/7 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents Richard Smith -- 1/28 ... One of the world's most talented acoustic guitar players, Richard Smith will treat you to an evening of the country music fingerstyle licks of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. Kick back, close your eyes, and he'll take you into their world.
Richard Smith started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. As a protégé of the great Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he is uniquely qualified to present this special show dedicated to their work. Richard is a virtuoso in classical music, jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime, the blues and S...
11/29 - Exciting News from Opera Santa Barbara ... We are thrilled to announce that Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas has accepted a dual role with the company, and will serve as both General and Artistic Director for the company. Kostis was named Artistic Director in August 2015. In his new capacity as General and Artistic Director, Kostis looks forward to heading both the artistic and administrative teams.
He previously served as both Artistic and Interim Executive Director of Tulsa Opera, and he is looking forward to serving Opera Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara's arts community in a new way. “In its first 24 years Opera San...
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