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(CANCELED) Vin Downes & Trevor Gordon Hall with Heidi Breyer
December 9, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
This concert will be rescheduled to a date in 2018. Announcements will be made on our email and social media sites.
Preservation New Jersey is pleased to welcome back to the 1867 Sanctuary acoustic guitarist Vin Downes with his guests, the reknown guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall. and the Grammy-winning contemporary pianist Heidi Breyer. This concert will sound amazing in our space!
Greatly influenced by the music of artists on Windham Hill Records in the late 1980’s, Vin Downes (www.vindownes.com) 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 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”.
Rated one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Trevor Gordon Hall (www.trevorgordonhall.com) is an instrumentalist from Philadelphia whose compositions range in style from edgy driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases. Trevor sets himself apart by leaving no physical aspect of the guitar untouched and weaving together different textures into grand yet intimate and lyrical compositions. His blend of sounds never overcomplicates but focuses on utilizing the instrument’s fullest creative and compositional potential guiding listeners through an igniting experience of music that isn’t just heard but felt.
Trevor has gained the respect of some of the most trusted and legendary names in the music business and his genre with nods of approval from Graham Nash, Steve Hackett, Billy Cobham, Dar Williams, Will Ackerman, Don Ross, Andy McKee, Phil Keaggy and more. Between his live show, his albums and his custom instrument, Trevor has earned an international growing fanbase that has allowed him to tour throughout the Americas and Europe. Trevor has also been featured on various national radio stations
including NPR and national and international television networks including NBC, PBS and German national television.
In 2010, inspired by his studies and always on the hunt for new sounds to utilize, Trevor collaborated with various builders to design an instrument combining an african finger piano (kalimba) and
an acoustic guitar. The instrument combination, which Trevor calls the “Kalimbatar”, has opened up new possibilities for solo instrumental music. Trevor recorded with his new instrument at Imaginary Road Studios in VT with Grammy winning and long time hero Will Ackerman. Mind Heart Fingers was the result of a unique experience created between Will, Tom Eaton and Trevor, to
capture a heart-felt recording honoring the guitar tradition which Windham Hill helped to found. This project reached #4 on the ZMR international radio charts and was nominated for best instrumental acoustic album of the year by the ZMR awards.
Trevor is an artist on a mission to ride the line between being adventurous and accessible. As Grammy winning Will Ackerman has said “…Trevor has a stunning range stylistically while being made
cohesive by the power of Trevor’s artistic voice and vision…a guitarist we will need to pay attention to…”, and guitarist Don Ross agrees, “…Trevor has a timeless sense of melody, and he creates some of the richest sonic textures you’re likely to hear from any contemporary composer/guitarist…”
British born and conservatory educated, at Trinity College of Music in London, Heidi Breyer (www.heidibreyer.com) now resides in the artistic community of Frenchtown, New Jersey a bucolic and inspiring setting where she composes her music, prepares for her multi-media concerts, teaches piano and violin and manages the business of her husband, world-renowned Russian-American painter, Alexander Volkov.
Heidi is currently creating her fifth album, written entirely in response to 12 specific artworks of her husband, which is set to be recorded at Imaginary Road Studios as a Trio of Producers with Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton.
In parallel she has been writing a Requiem, with traditional Latin Text, scored for piano, vocal and instrumental soloists and string orchestra, pegged for release in November 2019. Two Premiers are being planned for London and NYC.
In January 2015, Heidi Breyer released her fourth album, Letters From Far Away. It is a double piano solo and piano instrumental featuring an electic mix of beautiful and gutsy pieces showcasing her depth of emotion, range of technique and most importantly conveying the love story behind the title. The album received worldwide acclaim. Winner of ZMR Best Instrumental Piano Album 2012, ZMR Best Instrumental Piano Album 2010 , ZMR Best New Artist 2010 and nominated ZMR Best Holiday Album 2011. Heidi has four albums to her credit – Beyond The Turning (2012), Another Place and Time (2010) and Winter Light, (2009) and now Letters From Far Away (2015).
She opened the first ever live ZMR Awards show in 2013 in New Orleans and has since performed on stages world-wide and her music has been featured on many compilations and productions including the Grammy Nominated Album for Best Spoken Word, “The Storm King” an Auto Biographical Narration by the late Pete Seeger, produced by Jeff Haynes, Will Ackerman’s “The Gathering” CD’s (West River Records) and Many Miles Music (a Seattle based label).