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Fusion Guitar – Classical And Percussive Guitar (Declan Zapala)

By | Published on Monday 11 August 2014

It wasn’t just flawless technique and superb artistry that make this a five star show although that helped – it was the way Zapala communicated with his audience. His funny, confiding anecdotes as he changed the complex tuning of his guitar made the audience feel they already knew and liked him very much. In addition, he displayed raw emotion through his playing particularly during ‘Philomena’, a composition he wrote for his mother. His programme included recent pieces that used the guitar as a percussion instrument and had a whiff of the experimental about them, as well as Bach preludes from the baroque era: all were breathtaking. Go see this man while he’s still playing smaller venues, he’s brilliant!

C too, until 16 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]