A Night of
Modern Acoustic Guitar

A special night of acoustic guitar music with five virtuoso fingerstyle guitarists from across North America:
Antoine Dufour, Trevor Gordon Hall, Craig D’Andrea, Adrian Bellue and Donovan Raitt.
 

The next generation of acoustic players, these incredibly unique musicians incorporate percussive and nontraditional performance techniques that are considered to be on the cutting edge of acoustic music. This is a very rare event that musicians and music lovers won't want to miss.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $20.00
Students with I.D. $10.00

Adrian Bellue

 

Trevor Gordon Hall

 

Craig D'Andrea

 

Antoine Dufour

 

Donovan Raitt

Adrian Bellue

“After several years of playing the electric guitar, I put down the instrument and picked up martial arts.
When a serious injury left me in solitude, I picked up my old acoustic guitar and realized the similarities between the two arts. That inspired me to live my life exploring the endless possibilities of music and the guitar, and sharing the inspiration.”

Co-producing his first album with producer Brian Lee Bender, Adrian has been performing across the west coast and beyond with his modern approach to acoustic finger style guitar.
Adrian has shared the stage with world renowned guitarists such as Andy McKee, Antoine Dufour, and Craig D’Andrea, and has been complimented by guitar masters such as John Doan, Thomas Leeb, and Don Ross.
 


Trevor Gordon Hall

Rated as one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine, comes an instrumentalist from Philadelphia whose compositions range in style from edgy driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases. Trevor Gordon Hall sets himself apart by leaving no physical aspect of the guitar untouched and weaving together different textures into grand yet intimate and lyrical compositions. His blend of each sound doesn’t overcomplicate but focuses on utilizing the instrument’s fullest creative and compositional potential. Trevor draws on his education in Philosophy and Theology in his dedication to expressing ideas and inspirations through music, and his focus on composition guides listeners through an igniting experience of music that isn’t just heard but felt.

In 2010, inspired by his studies and always on the hunt for new sounds to utilize, Trevor collaborated with various builders to redesign an instrument called the kalimba (African finger piano). He designed a version that sits flat on the top of the guitar and spans 2 octaves of the piano. The instrument combination, which Trevor calls the “Kalimbatar”, is opening up new possibilities for solo instrumental music. Compositions inspired by the pairing of the two instruments were first introduced in previous releases but fully realized in Trevor’s Candyrat Records debut Entelechy. Upon its release in 2011, this album climbed the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, as well as YouTube Top Commented/Top Favorited/Most Discussed categories with the release of videos.

 


Craig D'Andrea

Craig has been receiving support from fans and critics alike since the release of his debut album Crazy is Catching on CandyRat Records in 2007. The release, along with his title of 2007 Canadian Fingerstyle Champion, has given him the chance to tour with respected artists such as Andy McKee, Don Ross, Antoine Dufour, and Peter Ciluzzi.

In the third grade, Craig began his music inclination with the cello, which was later replaced by the baritone ukulele. It wasn’t until 1999 that a high school friend introduced him to the acoustic guitar. With the help of lessons, Craig was able to develop his technique and musical style, as well as discover his main influences such as Lindsay Buckingham, Don Ross, and Leo Kottke.


Antoine Dufour

With five critically-acclaimed original albums, two live performance DVDs, and more than 50 million views on YouTube, Antoine Dufour has earned his place in the world of acoustic fingerstyle guitar -- building an international reputation for innovation and creativity.

Antoine has toured across Canada, Europe, and the U.S. with artists such as Don Ross and Andy McKee. In addition, he has performed at major festivals including The Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Canadian Guitar Festival.

In 2006, Antoine took first place at the Canadian Guitar Festival competition. He later went on to hold seminars, workshops, and master classes as part of his tour schedule. Antoine's followers have recorded countless covers of his music, and his fanbase is consistently loyal and anxious to see him perform.


Donovan Raitt

Emerging as a new voice in the world of modern acoustic fingerstyle guitar, Donovan Raitt incorporates innovative percussive techniques, strong melodic hooks, and influences ranging from Jazz to Rock and Flamenco music to create a unique sound all his own. Based in Orange County, CA, Donovan has released two albums of original solo acoustic guitar music to critical acclaim, and has been touring extensively behind his music, performing across the US and Canada at several guitar festivals and events. His videos have received thousands of views on YouTube, and his music has caught the ear of some of the world's best guitarists.
 

Donovan Raitt - A New Perspective from Donovan Raitt on Vimeo.

 

You will also love this concert on January 20th:
Muriel Anderson with Mino Cinelu, Stanley Jordan & Victor Wooten

 

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