Acoustic Guitar Spectacular

A highly anticipated annual event, the Acoustic Guitar Spectacular brings together a hand-picked group of internationally recognised acoustic guitarists from across the globe. This series of very special concerts is hosted by internationally acclaimed Brisbane guitarist Michael Fix, who will be joined by YouTube sensation, Italian virtuoso Luca Stricagnoli (his first visit to Australia) and Roots/Rock multi-instrumentalist Minnie Marks.

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The concerts are structured so that each player will feature as solo artists, as well as performing as an ensemble, allowing plenty of opportunity for spontaneity and improvisation. Three players with such diverse musical backgrounds presents amazing possibilities, and incredible variety for audiences.

Each guitarist is known for their ability to entertain, and each present their unique music with a view to engage and delight audiences with stories, songs, and humour, (as well as fretboard fireworks!), making it a performance aimed for all people, not just 'guitar aficionados'.

This is a rare opportunity to see such a wealth of amazing musical talent on the one stage. In particular, it’s a unique chance to see one of the international young stars of the global acoustic guitar scene.

Luca Stricagnoli

With his music videos having Internet views exceeding 100 million and bookings in every corner of the globe, Luca Stricagnoli will be here as part of this eagerly anticipated event. “When it comes to crazy guitar skills Luca Stricagnoli is one of the absolute best.” NME Using up to five guitars in the same piece, modified capos, and self-conceived stratagems, Luca continually leaves his audiences in awe and wondering what’s next for the up-and-coming guitarist. In addition to his musical abilities, Luca brings an enthusiastic energy to the stage that makes him a true entertainer. To have an idea of the impact of his shows, it’s enough to consider that he toured over 16 countries in just a few years and performed in front of audiences up to 12000 people. Luca will introduce to Australia his self-invented Triple Neck Guitar, which obtained once again viral success with over 40 million views online. His performances with this instrument have been featured in magazines all over the world and even grabbed the attention of famous bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Walk Off The Earth. This will be Luca’s first time in Australia: a show not to miss!

Watch: youtube.com/watch?v=o2mkYv3JrjU

Minnie Marks

With an insane talent that’s out of control playing what she calls dirty sweet rock & roll this young singer/songwriter/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist has been eating up girl bands since 1994. Minnie Marks is not just some blazingly electrified acoustic guitar playing freak of nature, but also a rare and triple threat: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Be warned, her show will take you on a dizzying, riff rock rollercoaster ride with songs written over the past years of her musical journey around the world. Touring a new album release “Trouble With The Troubadour” this bombshell explodes on stage pushing the limits of her guitar, vocals and performance, kicking arse and playing to packed out shows, leaving little doubt everybody is touting her as ‘the next big thing’. Be it a festival audience or a bar room packed like a can of Sardines, she DOES NOT disappoint.

Watch: youtube.com/watch?v=VGnJm2ugZc8

Michael Fix

 

Put an acoustic guitar into Michael Fix's 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.

Watch: youtube.com/user/mfixyz

Andrea Valeri

 

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.”

Watch: youtube.com/channel/UC5fsbGItdICLK0szA4WIPlA

Sarah Koppen

 

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.

Watch: youtube.com/watch?v=crAQ1g35gRA

Soenke Meinen

Combining virtuoso fingerstyle guitar with influences from jazz, world and classical music, 26 year old Soenke Meinen has carved an outstanding reputation in the international guitar scene. In 2016, he won first prize at the Guitar Masters fingerstyle competition, was awarded the European Guitar Award as well as the Artesano Guitarist of the Year. Nylon strings encounter steel strings, ballads meet high energy tracks, and Tommy Emmanuel inspired solo compositions complement his covered arrangements.

Watch: soenkemeinen.com/en/videos

Bruce Mathiske

Bruce Mathiske is internationally recognised as a maestro of the guitar. With a career spanning 3 decades, he has delighted audiences around the world with not just his phenomenal level of technical brilliance, but more importantly, with his instinctive ability to absorb and understand, then master and consummately deliver just about any style of music you could think of. He is the chameleon of guitar. Using his influences from the culmination of a lifetime of absorbing music and sounds, Bruce Mathiske is a unique item, in that as well as composing and orchestrating he also performs his own pieces. Bruce’s performances and workshops demonstrate the diversity of his chosen instrument. He is the only Australian musician to have been invited to perform and host workshops and a concert at America’s prestigious Yale University.

Watch: youtube.com/channel/UChD9z6vPi2_ubJDbe-mvcNA

Adam Rafferty

Adam Rafferty (a.k.a. "Raf") has played as a first-call, in-demand guitarist with the greatest musicians on the planet at countless music festivals (US and Europe), concert halls, and New York City night clubs - with the likes of Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, L.A. Studio legend Bennie Wallace (wrote the soundtrack for "White Men Can't Jump"), bassist Bob Cranshaw (from the original Saturday Night Live band), Alvin Queen (drummer for Oscar Peterson), and Mike Longo - Dizzy's pianist - to name a few. Adam’s first two acoustic CD's "Gratitude" and "Chameleon" consist of original compositions and cover songs by Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Bill Withers and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Watch: youtube.com/channel/UCqz2sYIShUX4MuVyCtI0mVQ

Andrew Veivers

One of Australia’s finest Spanish Guitarists, Andrew Veivers draws on a wide range of musical influences to evoke the sensual and mesmerising sounds of the Spanish guitar in all of its guises. At venues ranging from Blenhiem Palace (UK) to The Dillington Classical Guitar Festival (UK) to chamber music series' in Amsterdam to concerts at many of Australia's leading festivals, Andrew has appeared as a soloist as well as with his various groups (Flamenco Fire, The Saruzu Quartet, Jaleos Flamenco) to great critical acclaim. Veivers has developed a very personal and clearly identifiable compositional style. His passion for both the classical and flamenco worlds of music, song, and dance have resulted in compositions that stylistically draw inspiration from greats as diverse as Manolo Sanlucar, Steve Reich, and Manuel de Falla while retaining a clearly individual lilt. Deeply rhythmical, harmonically adventurous, and unashamedly lyrical, the architecture of Veivers' compositions reflects his ability to seamlessly join the rigorous research of a topic with the emotive goal and direction of a lyric or melody.

Watch: andrewveivers.com/music-samples

Reviews 

The Events Centre was thrilled to present The Acoustic Guitar performance on the 19th August. The artists were all high class and the performance exceeded expectations. Engaging with the Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra made it extra special for the local community .The orchestra meet and rehearse once a month at the Centre and for them to join the high class entertainers, international visitors Adam Rafferty and Michael Fix plus the amazing Andrew Veivers on stage was an absolute joy, not only for the Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra but also for the audience. Sharon Davis - The Events Centre Caloundra

A great evening for the 70 who were present. It is incredible what those men can do with their guitars and I think all present felt privileged to to be able to hear them. Shirley Allen - Chinchilla Arts Council

The Zamia theatre was happy to have a full house for the show. The presentation of the show had a good look about it with subtle use of lighting. The individual artists interacted with the audience which immediately had everyone relaxed and the audience sure enjoyed the music. They also appreciated the fact they were in the company of major, excellent artists. Feedback days later from audience members was essentially urging the Zamia theatre management committee to have a return season if at all possible. Ian Young - Zamia Theatre

On behalf of The Majestic Theatre I would like to congratulate you and Red Chair for the very successful Acoustic Guitar Spectacular which was held at the theatre on Friday 21 August 2015. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the mastery of the world-class musicians. This was the second time The Majestic Theatre has proudly hosted the Acoustic Guitar Spectacular and we hope to welcome them back again for yet another successful show in the near future. Renae Suttie - Majestic Theatre

Performance History

2018 • The Events Centre (Caloundra) • Ipswich Civic Centre • Redland Performing Arts Centre (Cleveland) • Brisbane City Hall • Brisbane Jazz Club • Yeppoon Town Hall • The Old RSL Building (Atherton) • QANTAS Founders Museum (Longreach) • Diggers Entertainment Centre (Hughenden) • The Con Theatre (Innisfail) • The Majestic Theatre (Pomona) • Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre

2017 • Soundlounge (Currumbin) • The Events Centre (Caloundra) • Brisbane Jazz Club • Brisbane City Hall • Yeppoon Town Hall • Burdekin Theatre (Ayr) • Calvary Christian Church (Emerald) • QANTAS Founders Museum (Longreach) • Barcaldine Shire Hall • Ipswich Civic Centre • Gatakers Artspace (Maryborough) • Leichhardt Centre (Miles) • Logan Entertainment Centre


2016 • Brisbane City Hall • The Events Centre (Caloundra) • Ipswich Civic Centre • Logan Entertainment Centre • QANTAS Founders Museum (Longreach) • World Theatre (Charters Towers) • Proserpine Entertainment Centre

2015 • Redland Performing Arts Centre • Majestic Theatre (Pomona) • Chinchilla Arts Council • The Events Centre (Caloundra) • Brisbane Jazz Club • Studio 188 (Ipswich) • Zamia Theatre (Tamborine)

2014 • Brisbane Jazz Club • Helensvale Cultural Club • Ipswich Civic Centre • The Events Centre (Caloundra)

2013 • Centro CBD (Wollongong) • Maleny Community Centre • Ipswich Civic Centre • Mueller Performing Arts Centre (MPAC) • Bond University (Gold Coast) • St Paul's College

2012 • Centro CBD (Wollongong) • Ipswich Civic Centre • St Paul's College • Big Music (Crow's Nest) • Kantara House (Central Coast, NSW) • Queen St Mall (Brisbane) • Majestic Theatre (Pomona) • Lizotte's (Newcastle) • Gold Coast Arts Centre | Petrie Pioneer Village

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