Date:   5/3/2008

Pavlo - An extravaganza of Mediterranean passion

Mediterranean guitarist appearing at Thrasher.


The composer, guitarist, singer and recording artist, Pavlo, makes a “first of its kind” appearance at the historic Thrasher Opera House on Saturday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.  The master guitarist composes in a style of music best described as "Mediterranean music"; a music that combines influences of Flamenco, Latin, Classical and Mediterranean guitar mixed together with the Greek Bouzouki.

Pavlo could have been a lawyer or he could have spent his life teaching music, but the truth is - all of his life, Pavlo wanted to do one thing only…play the guitar.  From the moment Pavlo was born, it seems the stars would line up to fall where he might wish.   

Since the time the guitar topped Pavlo’s Christmas wish list at the age of five, he believed he was meant to entertain the entire world.  By the age of twelve, Pavlo had composed his first song, and by thirteen, he would throw himself onstage and in front of any audience that would listen. 

As a teenager, Pavlo would play in several rock and roll bands, and at the same time, would achieve honour roll in school, and then enthusiastically study flamenco guitar, classical guitar and the art of song writing.

In his early twenties, Pavlo would continue playing in rock bands; he worked odd jobs; finished university; studied entertainment law, and on the weekends, he would have fun playing with a Greek wedding band.

It was during a vacation in Santorini, Greece that a melody came to him.  Pavlo picked up his guitar, and wrote the song that would spark what became Pavlo’s very own distinct style.  “It was like a light came on”, he remembers.  It was a song that was Greek inspired, and the melody made him happy, much like the way he felt growing up in a celebrative household.  “It felt like home.”  In that moment, Pavlo realized doing what he loved meant celebrating who he was.  He baptized his new genre of music as his own “Mediterranean” music.  That song was entitled, “Santorini Sunset”.

Since then, Pavlo has released seven albums; a culmination of over a half million records sold and has toured around the world every year consistently, playing over one hundred and fifty concerts per year.

In 2000, he received a Juno Nomination for Best Instrumental Album of the Year (Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys).  He’s also enjoyed the success of two Gold albums, was nominated as World Artist of the Year in 2005, as Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the Year in 2007, has had his music featured on several TV programs and was selected and performed for His Royal Highness, Prince Charles.

The Pavlo concert is sponsored in part by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with Funds from the State of Wisconsin. Additional hospitality is provided by Heidel House.  Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at 


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