The “New West Guitar Group” will conclude the 2017-2018 West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series on April 13, 7:30 p.m., in the Center Stage Theater.
The “New West Guitar Group” has developed a wide spread reputation as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world. Featuring guitarists Perry Smith (NYC) John Storie (LA) and Will Brahm (LA), they perform recognizable covers, jazz standards and exciting originals.
“This performance will be a must see for any individual who wants hear a myriad of musical genres and styles. We are proud to have these talented musicians close out a very successful and strongly attended performing arts series,” says Ted Malt, director of performing arts and professor of music studies.
Praised as “sharp and refined” by the Seattle Times, the New West Guitar Group has released seven full length albums since 2005. The August 2015 issue of “Downbeat Magazine” gave their latest CD the prestigious “Editor’s Pick.”
Each recording project features their unique style of laid-back virtuosity through expert arrangements crafted by the members of the group. Their music is regularly featured on National Public Radio and jazz radio stations, while their repertoire is performed throughout the country by college and high school guitar programs.
Graduates of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, the group’s versatility as players and composers have given them a reputation as pioneers in the realm of guitar ensemble.
“Jazz Times” says, “They’re masters of their caressing, cascading sound, best categorized as chamber jazz…dexterously peppered, now and again, with Gypsy fire, flamenco zest and steel-string twang.”
“A rare chemistry…shimmering arpeggios, collectively strummed chords, tight cracking interplay and complementary playing,” states “Downbeat Magazine.”
For more information on all Performing Arts Series events and to purchase general admission ticket click here.
Tickets are also available by calling 231-843-5507, or visiting the box office located in the Campus Center bookstore. Visa, Master Card, Discover credit cards are accepted.