Muriel Anderson, Tierra Negra perform Nov. 25

Muriel Anderson with Tierra Negra. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts will host two talented artistic acts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St., Rockford.

One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. She is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night and founder of the Music for Life Alliance charity.

Anderson’s facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. Her unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune, and the next, Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez.

Touring in the USA and internationally year round, Anderson continually amazes audiences with her technique and endears them with her sense of humor.

Recently, Anderson has teamed up with Germany’s finest Flamenco Nuevo duo, adding a new dimension and excitement to her music. Tierra Negra, Germany’s most successful guitar duo, belongs to the protagonists of Flamenco Nuevo worldwide. Since their discovery in 1997 in Montreal, Canada, they have produced 10 CDs. Their compositions are featured on countless international guitar compilations. Numerous concert tours brought them all over Europe and Canada. Even Hollywood used their music for the movie The Perfume.

Without losing the thread to the Rumba-Flamenco tradition of the Camargue and Spain, Tierra Negra creates a unique combination of folklore, lounge and pop elements in their music. There is persuasiveness in the rhythm and melody of the duo’s pieces — the infectious groove of the accompanying guitar may sometimes steal the melody from the lead guitar but never its place at the fore of the compositions.

Tierra Negra always manage to project their own enthusiasm for Flamenco Nuevo straight to their audiences, leaving them in a state of amazement and fascination. In addition to being topnotch players, Raughi and Leo are into the craft of instrument designing.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 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; Nikki’s Café, 604 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis., (608) 207-3101; or by mail: send a check and SASE to P.O. Box 765, Rockford, IL 61105-0765. Indicate artist or performance date on check. Credit card payment accepted only at via PayPal. A $1 ticket processing fee is included. Print your receipt. Info: (815) 964-2238 or

From the Nov. 23-29, 2011, issue

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