Faces of the Guitar celebrates Portland Guitar Society's thirty years of service to the Portland community. |
This four-act show features an eclectic mix of notable Portland musicians who will transport the audience from Middle Eastern fusion to Bach, Bluegrass, Swing, and the Blues. With performances by:
Al Andalus, Tarik & Julia Banzi (Middle Eastern & Flamenco influences)
Travis Johnson (Classical Guitar)
Eric Skye & Tim Connell (Bluegrass & Jazz influences)
Norman Sylvester Band, featuring Leanne Sylvester-Miller (Blues)
The award-winning Al Andalus Ensemble, oud player Tarik Banzi and flamenco guitarist Julia Banzi, have created an original musical language from their life experiences largely in North Africa and Spain. Their music is a song of passion, possibility, and peace, while representing a confluence of ancient and contemporary voices, both East and West. http://www.andalus.com
Gifted young classical guitarist Travis Johnson returns to Portland after completing his master's in classical guitar performance at University of Texas In Austin. At age twelve Travis won first place in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America's International Youth Competition. A Davidson Fellow, Travis has had numerous appearances on radio and television including nationally syndicated "From the Top," where he made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 15. http://www.facebook.com/Travis.guitar
The duo of Eric Skye on guitar and Tim Connell on mandolin, both with award-winning solo careers, have collaborated to create an engaging, lively mix of old fiddle tunes recorded on their recent CD "June Apple." In performance they display a joyful synergy -- part jazz, part bluegrass, and always inspiring. http://ericskye.com http://www.timconnellmusic.com
Soulful Blues icon Norman Sylvester and his band wrap up the evening. Among his honors, the ever-popular "Boogie Cat" was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and won the Cascade Blues Association "Best R&B Band award in 2015." http://normansylvester.com
Portland Guitar Society (PGS) is a nonprofit community organization that welcomes guitarists of all ages, all levels, and all styles. Over the years PGS has sponsored many guitar concerts and events such as Portland State University's annual guitar festival and the annual Portland Classic Guitar series. We've provided a venue for over 300 monthly meetings, which are free and open to the public, where guitar players perform for each other in an encouraging atmosphere.
PGS, however, is most proud of its work on behalf of the next generation of guitar players by providing performance opportunities, workshops, master classes, financial assistance, and guitars on loan for deserving young students. Travis Johnson is one such example. Under the excellent tutelage and encouragement of PGS member teacher Peter Zisa, Travis began performing at monthly PGS meetings at the age of nine. Three years later, he won first prize at the 2005 International Guitar Foundation of America Youth Competition, made possible in part by a grant from PGS. Soon after, he won the extremely competitive Davidson Scholarship which enabled further studies, and made numerous appearances on radio and television.
The success of future young guitarists like Travis can be aided with the support of PGS and the Portland guitar community. PGS welcomes donations and membership support in sustaining and growing this vital part of Portlands music community.
Portland State University - Lincoln Recital Hall (Rm. 75 of Lincoln Hall) (View)
1620 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97201