ICON OF FINGERSTYLE STEEL-STRING GUITAR

February 1st, 2008 by Adam

Photo Credit: Irene Young

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Melody, counter-melody, bass, harmony, rhythm and cross rhythms will come together to create a canvas of sound not often heard in solo guitar performances, when Alex de Grassi performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

De Grassi has been cited as one of the world’s top fingerstyle, steel-string guitarists. A Grammy nominee, he brings a unique voice to the art of acoustic guitar, with evocative compositions and arrangements, a highly orchestrated sound and virtuosity described as “one-main guitar duets” by The Washington Post.

In his extensive touring and numerous recordings, de Grassi explores a variety of influences including world music, jazz classics and folk melodies. “While the origins of these songs influenced many of de Grassi’s arrangements, he was not simply interested in what the tunes once were, but in what they might become if shaped by rhythms such as reggae, bossa nova, hiphop and samba, as well as by modern jazz harmony,“ said Ron Forbes-Roberts.

The Wall Street Journal has called his playing “flawless,” and Fingerstyle Guitar describes his performance as “a dazzling dish of guitar.”

De Grassi has toured extensively on the concert circuit, performing in Europe, Japan and throughout North America in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Interlochen Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Belfast International Festival. He also traveled to Bolivia, studying and gathering Andean music and helping to bring about the Arawi recording of the Contemporary Orchestra of Native Instruments for New Albion Records.

His 10th recording, The Water Garden, garnered both Grammy and Indie award nominations and was named Crossroads Magazine’s best acoustic instrumental recording of the year.

In 2006, de Grassi was the premier artist-in-residence at the nation’s first steel-string guitar degree program at the University of Milwaukee.

Tickets for de Grassi’s performance at Plymouth State University are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $12 for youth and $5 for PSU students with ID. Call the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869, or order online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Alex de Grassi is presented by the Silver Center and the Concert Committee of the PSU Student Senate, and sponsored by MegaPrint.

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For information about this release contact: Betsy Cheney,betsyc@plymouth.edu or call (603) 535-2276.