Preservation New Jersey • 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing • PO Box 7815• West Trenton, NJ 08628
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POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW
Contemporary Music Series:
One Night, Three Guitarists — Too Many Guitars!
Scott Danger Bravo
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present Scott "Danger" Bravo , Vin Downes and Ken Bonfield in a concert of three solo acoustic guitar masters in the beautiful setting and acoustics of the historic landmark 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!
It is rare that such solo musical talent appears in concert in our area, outside of noisy bars and restaurants. Think Tommy Emmanuel, Will Ackerman... Performers love when people come to pay attention to their music. And you will love Scott Bravo's music.
Scott's guitar playing style falls into the "finger style" genre but he's much more. He actually uses a pick and one finger in whats come to be known as "sloth style" playing. He started his musical life as a heavy metal guitarist and because of that brings a large bag of tricks to the acoustic guitar. Scott easily moves through varied musical styles from the delta blues of "Stabby with the Cabby", to the Celtic styled "Blood Sweat and 40 Years" into the jazz infused new age offering, "NY Smile."
Scott is also, as an entertainer, downright entertaining. His stories about his childhood, life and a myriad of other topics are full of hilarity and whimsy. He has been called a master of the guitar and a virtuoso by such finger style luminaries as Lance Allen, Vin Downes and Ken Bonfield. When not performing he spends his time writing, scoring and teaching guitar in and around NYC.
For more information about, and music of, Scott Bravo visit www.scottdangerbravo.com.
Vin Downes (www.vindownes.com) began studying guitar at the age of eleven. His early interests were in electric guitar, but this all changed when he heard the opening notes of David Cullen’s “Along the Way” on a Windham Hill Records guitar sampler. He immediately immersed himself in the fingerstyle music of Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges, David Cullen and Leo Kottke.
Greatly influenced by the music of artists on Windham Hill Records in the late 1980's, Downes furthered his interest of fingerstyle technique and composition by earning a degree in classical guitar performance and music education from William Paterson University. While at WPU, he studied classical composition and had several of his compositions performed by soloists and ensembles, including the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Helix Ensemble and members of the Composer’s Guild of New Jersey.
Vin Downes has released four studio albums, two of which, including his newest January 2017 release, When the Sea Lets Go, were produced by Grammy Award winning guitarist and producer, Will Ackerman. He is currently a performing member of “The Gathering – A Concert Series presented by Will Ackerman”. He has recorded and performed with musicians including Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton, Michael Manring, Eugene Friesen, Liz Story and Tony Levin.
Vin Downes is a public school music teacher in New Jersey, where he currently teaches classical guitar at Bayonne High School.
Fingerstyle Guitarist Ken Bonfield (www.kenbonfield.com) has performed throughout the United States for more than 20 years. Based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Bonfield is a regular at guitar festivals, concert series, and acoustic venues across North America, and has released seven albums. His latest, Legacy, is a solo effort that focuses on harp and baritone guitars, with several new arrangements of original tunes Bonfield recorded on earlier albums.
Although he came out of the 1960’s folk tradition, Bonfield was closely associated with new-age music in the mid 90's. Today his sophisticated Americana compositions feature a solid dose of Celtic, jazz, and traditional folk influences that might best be described as American Baroque. Ken Bonfield's instrumental guitar work patently avoids the incessant noodling… instead melody is king and Bonfield's gifted fingers flesh out a beautiful cavalcade of notes that are at times reminiscent of a human voice singing and often soaring. – Frank Rabey, Mountain Xpress
In his open-hearted, welcoming concerts, workshops and master classes, he shares new guitar dimensions and sonic explorations with his listeners. His compositions are performed with his unique "chamber ensemble " of handcrafted instruments ranging from baritone guitar to an 11-string harp guitar to a high-string guitar which Bonfield likens to a 6-string, Steel-String ukulele. Bonfield's work and calling is inspired by a deep love for the beauty, the sounds, and the craft of the acoustic guitar. Most of his compositions and arrangements utilize alternate tunings that extend the lower register of a standard guitar. Ken Bonfield is a child of Leo Kottke. He shares Kottke's intricate finger picking techniques and casts them in an intimate setting that he calls, American Baroque. – John Diliberto, Host of PRI’s Nationally Syndicated show Echoes
Bonfield has been a featured performer at some of the finest acoustic venues, coffee houses, music festivals, and guitar festivals in North America such as Club Passim, Eddie's Attic, Uncle Calvin's, Be Here Now, Acoustic Sounds Cafe, Kent State Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Montreal Guitar Festival, Newport Guitar Festival, and Healdsburg Guitar Festival, appearing with a wide range of icons and contemporary artists ranging from Arlo Guthrie to John Mayer, and includes songsmiths Garnet Rogers, Pierce Pettis, Dee Carstensen, Cosy Sheridan, and guitar legends Larry Corryell, Adrian Legg, Adam Miller, Ed Gerhard, Muriel Anderson, Stephen Bennett, Tim Sparks, Dakota Dave Hull, and countless others.
January 7, 2017
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