ACOUSTIC GUITAR SPECTACULAR PRESENTED BY THE EVENTS CENTRE
TOUR PRODUCED BY RED CHAIR
A hand-picked group of internationally recognised acoustic guitarists from across the globe join forces to weave memorable musical magic. Internationally acclaimed Brisbane acoustic guitarist Michael Fix – recently named as one of Australia’s Top 25 Guitarists of All Time by readers of Guitarist Australia magazine – will be joined by high-energy Italian virtuoso Andrea Valeri and Queensland’s own funky finger-stylist Sarah Koppen for a series of very special concerts.
CAST AND CREATIVE BIOS
Director – Michael Fix
Producer – Red Chair
Defined as the “Prince of the Acoustic guitar”, and a new ambassador of acoustic music, Andrea Valeri – despite his very young age – is now a veteran of many of the biggest stages around the globe. From Australia to New Zealand, from Russia to Canada, from Europe to the African continent, Andrea continues to garner accolades and worldwide success. Andrea began his guitar career at age 10. As a child growing up in Pontedera, Italy, he began by studying classical guitar techniques first, passing through an ‘electric phase’ after that, and finally leading to the acoustic guitar. Aged eighteen Andrea was awarded the title of “Italian musical excellence.” He has already released 6 solo albums. Andrea has shared the stage, toured the world and recorded with many of the six strings masters including: Michael Fix, Adam Rafferty, François Sciortino, Tony Cox, Tazenda, Van Larkins, Maneli Jamal, John Doan, Goran Kuzminac Daniele Bazzani, Buck Wolters, Andrew Veivers, Nick Charles, Robbie Long, Vincenzo Zitello, Bryan Rason, Thomas Leeb, Marco Baracchino, Mickey Murphy, Alberto Caltanella, Ciosi, Roberto Dalla Vecchia and many more … Guitarists who have inspired Andrea define him as a “Star of the guitar world.”
26 year old Sarah Koppen is an up and coming fingerstyle guitarist based in Brisbane, Australia. Her unique take on the instrument incorporates percussive fingerstyle, funk and flamenco techniques echoing the work of musicians such as Michael Hedges, Tommy Emmanuel, John Butler and Andy McKee. Sarah began playing at 12 years old, but it wasn’t until she was 15 when she saw Tommy Emmanuel play live that her love for the acoustic guitar was cemented. After moving to Brisbane from her hometown of Innisfail (Far North QLD) in 2010, Sarah quickly gained recognition as a local street artist after her busking performances would draw crowds that often blocked the street. Since coming to Brisbane, she has collaborated with various young artists, instructed guitar lessons at several music schools, and completed studies in audio engineering. Sarah is currently working on her debut EP, which is a culmination of musical experiences, influences, techniques and skills she has acquired through her wonderful journey in music.
Put an acoustic guitar into Michael Fix’s (www.michaelfix.com) hands and the emotional possibilities of music are suddenly realised. This remarkable composer and musician has the power to create sensory experiences through his music – capturing and conveying emotions, experiences and images with ease. Over the past 25 years, Michael has released thirteen albums, together with several songbooks, singles and EPs, and has established himself as one of Australia’s finest guitarists and composers. He has also won numerous awards for his music, including three Golden Guitars.
Red Chair is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
DURATION: Approximately 2 hours, includes a 20 minute interval (subject to change without notice)
Acoustic Guitar Spectacular Performance / Mentoring EOI 2018
The Acoustic Guitar Spectacular are offering an exciting opportunity for emerging and professional acoustic guitarists to perform with the production in Caloundra. Each selected guitarist will also receive a one-on-one mentoring session with either Andrea Valeri, Sarah Koppen or Michael Fix. To be eligible, applicants must be residing in the same local government area as the venue for which they are expressing interest.
The local guitarist performance / mentoring opportunity;
– is open to acoustic guitarists of any age or level of experience
– is open to acoustic guitarists that live in the same local government area as the venue
– assesses applicants via an EOI process accessed through the Red Chair website (applicants submit information including their name, postcode, contact details, bio, promo image, and music samples/links)
– offers the successful applicant a one to one mentoring session with an Acoustic Guitar Spectacular star of their choice – Andrea Valeri, Michael Fix or Sarah Koppen
– offers the successful applicant the opportunity to perform a 5 – 6min solo performance during the Acoustic Guitar Spectacular (usually the opening act!)
– offers upcoming and emerging local acoustic guitarists the opportunity to interact with and learn from world class national and international acoustic guitarists/ performers