Date:   4/16/2011

Grammy nominated Alex de Grassi coming to Thrasher

Grammy nominated guitarist, Alex de Grassi will be performing at Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake on Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m..  Inspired by American and British Isles folk and blues artists in his early teens, Alexís musical pursuits over his 30-year career have expanded to encompass classical, jazz, and world music.  

 

Known for his evocative compositions and arrangements, and his sheer virtuosity, Alexís career has drawn critical acclaim for his numerous studio recordings as well as for live performances as a soloist and within ensemble settings. His 1978 recording Turning: Turning Back (Windham Hill), was cited by Acoustic Guitar magazine among their top ten essential fingerstyle recordings. Turning, the subsequent recordings Slow Circle (1979) and Southern Exposure (1984), and his GRAMMY nominated recording The Water Garden (1998) are considered classics of the genre.

 

In addition to the GRAMMY nomination, Alex's tenth recording, The Water Garden garnered an Indie Award nomination and was named Crossroads Magazineís Best Acoustic Instrumental Recording of the year. Shortwave Postcard (Auditorium) was picked as one of Acoustic Guitar magazineís Top CDs of 2002.

 

His latest solo studio recording, Now and Then: Folk Songs for the 21st Century (Tropo Records 2010), features contemporary arrangements of treasured melodies from the American standards repertoire.  Also released in 2010 is a compilation CD titled "Windham Hill Retrospective."  It features some of Alex de Grassi's best work written and performed between 1978 and 1991. This collection is not only an excellent introduction to de Grassi's work but also a welcome opportunity to get a hold of at least a sample of his early recordings.

 

In addition to recording, performing and teaching, Alex keeps active with other projects. He scored music for Mirrors of the Heart for the television series Americas, and was the subject of a PBS concert/interview television show, Alex de Grassi: The Artistís Profile.

 

Alex is currently writing a reference book on the fundamentals of acoustic guitar technique, and he has recorded instructional videos for Homespun, Tropo Records, and most recently, the Hal Leonard DVD, Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar (2010), which features a dozen lessons on acoustic guitar technique.

 

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.thrasheroperahouse.com, at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick Ní Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.

This project is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Accommodations provided by the Heidel House Resort & Spa.

 

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