Greg Herriges at JustGoods Listening Room on May 28

Greg Herriges. Photo by Bryan Aaker/

From press release

Greg Herriges, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, will give a solo concert at 7 p.m., Friday, May 28, at JustGoods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St., Rockford.

In addition to guitar, he performs on bouzouki (Greek lute) and does vocals. Called an “acoustic guitar virtuoso [and] musical syncretist” (The Voice) whose latest CD Telluric Currents was hailed as “folk fusion at its best–a mix of the traditional and the rockin’, the familiar and the exotic.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Herriges plays an eclectic mix of original and traditional world music with a unique style honed by his studies of Indian, East Asian and other world music traditions, spinning new webs out of everything from Indian ragas and Turkish folk to Japanese koto tunes and surf-jazz. He has  worked with some of the Midwest’s greatest exponents of Chinese, Indonesian and Hindustani music. He has collaborated with world-class players including Gao Hong (pipa) and Nirmala Rajasekar (veena), and his full group includes tabla, Hindustani vocal and world percussion–but he is equally at home playing with cross-cultural ensembles or “letting one guitar play him.”

Greg Herriges is also a recipient of the 2009 Archibald Bush Foundation Composers Fellowship. Also an author/arranger of music instructional books, his recent book/CDs, World Guitar and Guitar Explorer (published by Hal Leonard) explore the stringed traditions of the world with novel approaches on the guitar. His authoring credits also include most of the Guitar Songs for Dummies series and contributions to Guitar Edge magazine.  He has also been a composer and music director for theater and film.

He also works as a teacher and clinician. His background in ethnomusicology plays a large role in his lectures and demonstrations. He regularly conducts university guest lectures on world music in general, as well as master classes on world music for guitarists. Greg Herriges is available for classes and workshops for all ages and skill levels.

This concert is supported by Charlotte’s Web of Rockford, though not part of their concert season. This event is free to the public.

From the May 26-June 1, 2010 issue

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