PARTNERS OF HARRIS CENTER
SACRAMENTO GUITAR SOCIETY
AN EVENING WITH ALEX DEGRASSI & ANDREW YORK
Saturday, March 17, 2018; 7:30 pm
Fingerstyle guitarist Alex De Grassi makes his Harris Center debut – bringing technical wizardry and poetic playing for an enchanting evening shared with Andrew York, who gained classical fame as a composer for, and founding member of, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Together these two icons of acoustic guitar will make an unforgettable guitar evening on St. Patrick’s Day! This is one performance you won't want to miss.
"In any generation there are many musicians, but very few artists that communicate on a profound cultural level. Andrew York is one of these rare artistic voices. Think Picasso painting with sound as a canvas, or a Miles Davis behind the guitar. Andrew achieves a synthesis of ancient and modern forms that offers a deep cultural expression that will only be truly understood by future generations. To call Andrew's music classical is to put it into far too small a box; this is the living future of classical music" - Robert Bluestone.
Alex de Grassi was born in Japan and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He switched from trumpet to guitar at the age of 13 and immersed himself in American and British folk and blues traditions, eventually studying jazz and classical guitar. Since then, he has become widely acclaimed as a leading innovator and virtuoso of acoustic guitar, fusing a variety of guitar traditions into a highly orchestrated sound. The Wall Street Journal has called his playing "flawless" and Billboard hails his "intricate finger-picking technique with an uncanny gift for melodic invention." His early Windham Hill recordings of original music as well as his arrangements of folk, jazz, and world music have influenced a whole generation of young players. His 1978 recording, Turning: Turning Back (cited by Acoustic Guitar Magazine among their top ten essential fingerstyle recordings), the subsequent recordings Slow Circle (1979) and Southern Exposure (1984), and his GRAMMY® Award-nominated recording The Water Garden (1998) are considered classics of the genre. His most recent solo recording, Now and Then: Folksongs for the 21st Century, features his contemporary take on traditional folksongs.
Alex’s thirty years of international touring include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Montreux Jazz Festival and numerous guitar festivals. Alex has been commissioned by Acoustic Guitar Magazine to compose a concerto for steel-string guitar and string orchestra, and twice by the New York Guitar Festival to score for their Silent Films/Live Guitars series. Festival director David Spelman says "Alex de Grassi is a treasure… his technical wizardry as well as his vibrant and poetic music-making make him one of the most distinctive steel-string guitarists performing today." De Grassi has been a frequent guest teacher at the National Summer Guitar Workshop, the University of Milwaukee, and the Interlochen Institute, and he has given master classes at Berklee School of Music, Crown of the Continent, the Omega Institute, and many other music programs. He has served as the Artist Advisor for the Marin Community Music School, and been a guest speaker at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club. The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method, published in 2012 (String Letter Publishing), is rapidly emerging as the authoritative method for fingerstyle guitar instruction.
$28-$32; Premium $39
Discounts for Students with ID, Seniors 65+ and Children 12 & Under
90 minutes, plus 15 minute intermission