Presented by: innermusica
Date:Â Â Monday, May 23 at 8 pm
Programme:Â Â Contemporary guitar music
Venue: Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora (at Quadra)
Tickets: All seats reserved through McPherson box office,Â $26.50-$38.50Â (250-386-6121). Wheelchair seating available. innermusica website:http://www.innermusica.com
Amongst a phalanx of steel-string acoustic guitar masters, Leo Kottke stands alone as a virtuoso whose combination of innovation, precision, sensitivity, timing, and dexterity remainÂ unmatched over a career spanning five decades, 31 commercial recordings, and thousands of solo performances worldwide. Although his recordings have gainedÂ consistentÂ critical acclaim, he is best known for his scintillating live performances, each markedly different in form and content from the next.
This performance on a holiday Monday evening marks LeoÂ Kottke’s first Victoria appearance in over ten years;Â aÂ great opportunity for acoustic guitar enthusiasts to hearÂ an unparalleled musical innovator and craftsman ply hisÂ tradeÂ in an intimate setting on a rare visit to Canada.
When the Taylor Guitars crafted its Leo Kottke signature model, they described its namesake as follows:
“More than any other artist, Leo Kottke has defined the role of the contemporary acoustic guitarist as self-styled virtuoso, amassing a worldwide following in the process.The self-taught guitarist first surfaced with his legendary 1969 recording, “Six and Twelve-String Guitar”. Since then he has blazed a singular stylistic path that continues to diverge from mainstream guitar music. Classical precision, pop attractiveness, jazz fluency, 20th-century harmony, bluesy fundamentalism, rubbery, syncopated rhythms, and lyrics that feature quasi-literary characterizations all vie for supremacy in his music and challenge preconceived notions of how acoustic guitar music should sound. In addition to his masterful musicianship, Kottke is beloved for a droll perspective on life that puts a tilt on his material and keeps concert audiences highly amused.”
“My music is maybe hard to categorize,” Kottke says. “It doesn’t fit conveniently into the bins at record stores. That works for me, though… I don’t rise and fall with trends. Most listeners seem to have room for this stuff. It’s been great that way.”
Since 1987, innermusica has operated with the single objective of placing great audiences in front of great musicians. Our past concerts have featured “musicians’ musicians” such as Don Ross, Loreena McKennitt, Mark O’Connor, Il Giardino Armonico, Daniel Taylor and James Bowman, Martin Carthy, The Watersons, Archie Fisher, Fred Eaglesmith, David Essig, Willie P. Bennett, Bill Bourne, Leo Kottke, and numerous others. Audiences have rangedÂ up to 1,000Â people at finer venues in Victoria, Thunder Bay, Waterloo, andÂ Toronto. Several of these concerts were broadcastÂ nationally onÂ the CBC and over other radio networks.