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Three Colours Guitar (Declan Zapala, John Wheatcroft and Matt Buchanan)

By | Published on Friday 18 August 2017

When contrasting colours meet in a colour wheel the overlap creates an exciting, vibrating resonance; I heard that tonight in this programme of contrasting acoustic guitar styles. Zapala’s playing is virtuosic – he uses percussive techniques that go far beyond simply banging the guitar body – while Buchanan is gently lyrical and Wheatcroft is a jazzer! The solo items were enjoyable – I particularly liked Buchanan’s original composition ‘Pipistrelle’, describing the erratic flight of a bat and Wheatcroft’s composition ‘Circles’. But then they came together for jazz improvisations – the styles challenging and supporting each other in turn – including Django Reinhardt and Pat Metheny numbers. I held my breath for Fleetwood Mac’s wonderful ‘Albatross’ – the first record I ever bought!

C too, until 20 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]