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Richard Gilewitz Acoustic Adventures

Richard Gilewitz Acoustic Adventures

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When:

  • Sun 14 May, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where:

Arawa Park Racecourse, Fenton Street, Rotorua Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Guitar Students and Tutors: $10.00
  • Unwaged: $5.00

"His quick wit and twisted sense of humour have made him an entertainer as well as a fine guitarist." -
Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

For nearly four decades, American fingerstyle wizard Richard Gilewitz has fascinated listeners with 6 and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur. His concert performances around the world spill over with unexpected turns of the funnies, thought-provoking takes on life on the road, and tunes that propel the audience on a magical journey of sight and sound.

His signature playing style delivers a technical diversity of banjo style patterns and classical arpeggios with a rhythmic percussive approach, exploring the history of the guitar with sounds of folk to Americana, the blues to the classical, ragtime to pop, and somewhere in between.

Growing up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Huntsville, Alabama, Richard embraced such diverse artists as The Beatles, Andres Segovia, Kraftwerk, Leo Kottke, J.S. Bach, Arlo Guthrie, John Fahey and Flatt & Scruggs. Soaking up the wealth of inspiration supplied by the assorted acts featured at the Renfro Valley festivals, "The Dr. Demento Radio Show" and "The Midnight Special", Richard welcomed the challenge of mastering and adapting many styles of music for the acoustic guitar - a trait that continually places him among a multitude of genres.

Richard began honing his skills both as a performer and composer during the late 1970’s at the University of Alabama, playing the local coffeehouse circuit while pursuing degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Music. Following graduation, Richard placed his musical calling in the background and joined the world of flight simulation design, telemetry and satellite systems.

The 1980’s brought Richard to Florida where he released his first LP recording, Somewhere In Between. As the pull of his passion for performing and recording became so compelling, Richard left corporate life to teach and perform full time in a career that has propelled him into an international music arena. He has gone on to release seven more recordings plus a number of educational materials.

Today, recognised worldwide as a performer who has a quirky take on everything around him, Richard continues to live up to this depiction with rousing shows filled with offbeat observations combined with his right-hand wizardry and heaps of technique. With Richard's performances teeming with sparkles of mood mastery and wonderment, he shares a fresh impression of sound to the listener during his concert appearances and at his workshops.

Food & drinks (no alcohol) provided by Tea n Happiness. No BYO.
Limited door sales.

Opening for Richard is Adrian Forbes, an aspiring young guitarist, resident in Rotorua.

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