From press release
Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts presents “An evening of dynamic Indo-world fusion” featuring the Greg Herriges Duo and Gary Wayran at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12, at JustGoods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St., Rockford.
Greg Herriges plays an eclectic mix of original and traditional “whirled” music on acoustic guitars, bouzouki (Greek lute) and vocal, with a unique approach honed by his studies of Asian and other international styles. A virtuoso performer and award-winning composer, his music and writing have found international recognition and acclaim.
Herriges “whirls” the traditions of East and West, spinning new webs out of everything from Indian ragas and Turkish folk to Japanese koto tunes and surf-jazz. The Minneapolis Star Tribune called Greg a “Guitar renegade” who “always comes off as native maestro, never slumming dilettante. His technique on both guitar and bouzouki is formidable, his feel for diverse cultures exemplary.” He is joined by tabla (East Indian drum set) player Gary Wayran for an evening of dynamic Indo-world fusion. With a background in progressive rock and fingerstyle guitar, Greg has studied ethnomusicology (traditional World music), focusing on Indian and East Asian classical traditions, and worked with some of the Midwest’s greatest exponents of Chinese and Hindustani music. He also composes and directs music for theater and film and writes instructional music books, including World Guitar and Guitar Explorer (published by Hal Leonard), which explore the stringed traditions of the world with novel approaches on the guitar. Gary Wayran, who studied with the late tabla guru Diam Ali Qadri, plays Indian percussion with a fresh, experimental style.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at: Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both Postal Shoppe locations: Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940 and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903; new outlet: Nikki’s Café, 604 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis., (608) 207-3101; or by mail: send a check and SASE to 306 Theodore St., Loves Park, IL 61111. Please indicate artist or performance date on check. Credit card payment accepted only at www.charlotteswebofrockford.org via PayPal. There is a $1 ticket processing fee included. Please print your receipt. Info: Call (815) 964-2238 or visit www.CharlottesWebofRockford.org.
From the March 9-15, 2011, issue