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Gunter Herbig - Classical and Electric Guitar

Gunter Herbig - Classical and Electric Guitar

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  • Sat 29 Jul ’17, 7:30pm


Hohepa, 23 Barrington Street, Christchurch Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Waged Admission: $25.00
  • Unwaged Admission: $15.00

In the Christchurch concert, Gunter will be playing an exciting mix of repertoire from his latest Naxos CD dream weaving on the classical guitar and, in the second half, will perform his unique transcriptions of Gurdjieff and Pärt music on the electric guitar.

Gunter Herbig was born in Brazil and grew up in Portugal and Germany. Influenced by such different cultures and aesthetic languages, Gunter has developed a highly personal, charismatic, and expressive style of playing and performance, which sets him well apart from his contemporaries. The balance of Brazilian sensuousness, Portuguese intense passion and German intellect and finesse are the hallmark of his playing. His performance and interpretation philosophy centres on the personal and subjective approach to music as a direct way to create an even triangle between the composer, the performer, and the audience and puts the sense of musical adventure and exploration back on stage. Gunter's dynamic and expressive sense of adventure has made him an audience favourite on the concert platform wherever he goes and has solicited universal praise by critics in the music world.

Since moving to New Zealand in 1989, Gunter has made numerous national concert tours of this country and has a busy performance schedule, which has taken him to South America, Central America, and Europe where he appears as a soloist and chamber musician on concert platforms and festivals. He has performed on several live broadcasts on television and radio in New Zealand and Mexico and has recorded for a number of film scores and television documentaries.

His debut solo CD "Hauturu – Where the Winds Rest" was released in 2007 by Ode Records (CDMANU 5016).

Gunter is a performing artist and teacher of the classical guitar based in Wellington where he is also a regular contributor to Radio New Zealand Concert. As the preeminent guitar teacher in New Zealand, Gunter has been the Head of Classical Guitar and Chamber Music at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington and was on the staff at the School of Music at Auckland University for 25 years.

Gunter's latest project is a departure from the well trodden paths of the classical convention in his eternal quest to explore new and exciting avenues of expression and musicality. Combining a lifelong passion and interest in two key figures of spirituality and contemporary music in the 20th/21st centuries, Gunter arranged the music of Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff and Arvo Pärt for the electric guitar.

While Pärt and Gurdjieff don't seem to have much in comments on the first look, they are both deeply spiritual and bound together by a background in Orthodox Christianity which found its reflection in their music. Arvo Pärt needs no introduction to modern music audiences but the music by Gurdjieff is less commonly heard and known. The music of both is deeply spiritual and Gunter's arrangements for the electric guitar brings the ancient wisdom and search for truth straight into the present.

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