Real gui­tar he­roes united

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMUSIC - WENDYL MARTIN

THE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Gui­tar Night sum­mer se­ries re­turned to South Africa this week, bring­ing gui­tar stal­wart Tony Cox’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the in­stru­ment to the in­ti­mate set­ting of Olympia Café in Kalk Bay.

The young Ital­ian, An­drea Va­leri, also re­turns, with his sig­na­ture Sul­tans of Swing ar­range­ment and more. The aim of Cox’s In­ter­na­tional Gui­tar Night is to bring ac­com­plished acous­tic gui­tar play­ers to South African au­di­ences.

Cox says of his co-biller, who last played here two years ago: “He’s phe­nom­e­nal. It doesn’t mat­ter what he plays, he gets stand­ing ova­tions for ev­ery show.”

He met Va­leri in 2009 when he was in­vited to play at the Madame Gui­tar Fes­ti­val in Trices­imo, Italy. By then, Cox had been run­ning IGN for two years and he de­cided he wanted South Africans to see Va­leri.

The 22-year-old gui­tar fundi, who says he never for­mally learned the art, loved his pre­vi­ous visit to the coun­try: “It was great. It was a turn­ing point in my life. I love the warmth of peo­ple here… Olympia is mag­i­cal. It’s easy to bring peo­ple on stage there.

”When I was a small boy I played with a friend. That was only 10 years ago,” he joked. He and a friend wanted to as­sem­ble a full band. He had a 20year-old gui­tar and be­gan to use his hands to play bass and per­cus­sion. He later found out this was called fin­ger­style play­ing.

Mean­while, Cox will be show­cas­ing mu­sic from his up­com­ing record­ing, Pad­kos, at IGN.

“I’ve never done cov­ers be­fore. Th­ese are cov­ers of South African songs,” he says. Ex­pect the likes of Sarie Marais, Weep­ing and Jab­u­lani, done in his fin­ger­style.

● IGN per­for­mances in Cape Town are Wed­nes­days to Satur­days at 8pm un­til Jan­uary 5. There are two shows on De­cem­ber 28 and Jan­uary 4, at 6pm and 9pm. There are no shows on Christ­mas Day or New Year’s Day. Tick­ets are R180, and R140 for stu­dents and pen­sion­ers with IDs. Book through www.quicket.co.za

Call 072 214 4246 for de­tails or go to www.in­ter­na­tion­al­gui­tarnight.co.za/shows.html.

To­day, Va­leri will con­duct a mu­sic workshop called The Power of Fin­ger­style Gui­tar at Mu­sic Ex­pe­ri­ence, Unit 10, High­way Park, Gold Street, North­gate Es­tate. The workshop costs R100. To book, call Mu­sic Ex­pe­ri­ence on 021 510 4591 Twit­ter: @WendylMartin wendyl.martin@inl.co.za

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