Story last updated at 9/30/2009 - 11:34 am
JUNEAU - Guitarist Alex de Grassi does with six strings what many musicians only dream to, creating the sound of a guitar orchestra with his two hands. He will perform in Juneau at 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the new Thunder Mountain High School auditorium. This will be the first concert held in the new space.
De Grassi began playing guitar at age 13 while growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, many years and more than a dozen albums later, he has toured all over the world, teaching various guitar workshops along the way.
De Grassi has created a unique sound for himself, employing intricate finger-picking techniques and often taking new perspectives on traditional folk pieces. His 2003 release, "Now and Then: Folk Songs for the 21st Century" is a prime example, featuring contemporary arrangements of time-honored American standards.
"In rediscovering these songs, I came to appreciate the maxim that folk music is a 'living' tradition, and that each generation will find relevance and a way to reinterpret these songs," he explained. "In that spirit, I have arranged traditional melodies to reflect the musical idioms and social climate of today's multi-cultural landscape."
Admission to the reserved-seating event is $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, $5 for children 5 and younger and $10 for full-time UAS students. Tickets are available at Hearthside Books, Rainy Retreat books, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and online at http://www.jahc.org. For more information, call 586-2787 or visit degrassi.com.