Classical guitar at the museum

NGA TAE PUORO: Classical guitarists Rameka Tamaki (left) and Oliver Fetherston perform at Tairawhiti Museum on Sunday. Picture supplied

Transcribed for classical guitar, a Venetian folk tune that encourages licentiousness and pleasure features in the programme for Tairawhiti Museum’s Sunday afternoon concert.

Performing under the title Nga Tae Puoro (the colourful instrument), classical performance majors Rameka Tamaki and Oliver Fetherston aim to explore the versatility of the guitar in works that range from the saucy Carnaval de Venise, transcribed for guitar by Ferdinando Carulli to 21st century American classical guitarist Andrew York’s Sanzen-in.

American critic Jim Ferguson once described one of York’s solo albums as having exceptional compositional breadth.

“Rife with folk, jazz, and ancient influences, the material ranges from challenging to simple yet highly musical.”

York’s Japanese Buddhist temple inspired work Sanzen-in is a composition for two guitars in drop-D tuning. York composed the work for a Japanese guitarist, Dai Kimura, after the composer paid a visit to Sanzen-in temple in 2000.

“It captures the tranquil, reverent atmosphere of Sanzen-in and its surroundings, and the melody sounds to be inspired perhaps by traditional Japanese instruments, such as the bowed string instrument, the kokyu,” write the New Zealand guitarists in their programme notes.

“The chanting of mantras, a central esoteric ritual in Tendai Buddhism, may possibly be heard in the repetitive nature of the accompaniment and structure.”

Classical guitarists Rameka Tamaki and OIiver Fetherston perform at Tairawhiti Museum as part of the Sunday concert series on Sunday at 2pm. Entry $5. Children and students with ID free.

Transcribed for classical guitar, a Venetian folk tune that encourages licentiousness and pleasure features in the programme for Tairawhiti Museum’s Sunday afternoon concert.

Performing under the title Nga Tae Puoro (the colourful instrument), classical performance majors Rameka Tamaki and Oliver Fetherston aim to explore the versatility of the guitar in works that range from the saucy Carnaval de Venise, transcribed for guitar by Ferdinando Carulli to 21st century American classical guitarist Andrew York’s Sanzen-in.

American critic Jim Ferguson once described one of York’s solo albums as having exceptional compositional breadth.

“Rife with folk, jazz, and ancient influences, the material ranges from challenging to simple yet highly musical.”

York’s Japanese Buddhist temple inspired work Sanzen-in is a composition for two guitars in drop-D tuning. York composed the work for a Japanese guitarist, Dai Kimura, after the composer paid a visit to Sanzen-in temple in 2000.

“It captures the tranquil, reverent atmosphere of Sanzen-in and its surroundings, and the melody sounds to be inspired perhaps by traditional Japanese instruments, such as the bowed string instrument, the kokyu,” write the New Zealand guitarists in their programme notes.

“The chanting of mantras, a central esoteric ritual in Tendai Buddhism, may possibly be heard in the repetitive nature of the accompaniment and structure.”

Classical guitarists Rameka Tamaki and OIiver Fetherston perform at Tairawhiti Museum as part of the Sunday concert series on Sunday at 2pm. Entry $5. Children and students with ID free.

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