Andreas Kapsalis plays instrumental guitar influenced by the world
Andreas Kapsalis is back in Taos to share his passion for acoustic guitar music and his unusual 10- finger tapping guitar style. It really is extraordinary, and you have two chances to catch him this time around.
He will be performing Monday ( March
12) at 7 p. m. at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U. S. 64 west. Then, on Tuesday ( March 13) from 6: 30 to 9: 30 p. m. Kapsalis can be seen at The Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. No cover is charged for either show.
The Chicago- based Greek- American instrumentalist has a love for world travel. He picks up musical insights on the road and brings them to his audiences around the United States and beyond.
“Touring is a major part of my life,” Kapsalis said. “It gives me the most inspiration to bounce around from culture to culture. If I were just to stay in Chicago, for instance, it would just be one view. And, it’s nice to see more of a world view.”
Kapsalis is calling the tour that brings him to Taos the “Warming the Globe Tour.” He said he feels in today’s political climate, people need a break from words: the kind of break that instrumental music can bring.
“It’s nice to play music that doesn’t say anything but sends good vibes,” Kapsalis said.
He started the tour in the middle of January and has already traveled through the Midwest. Next on his tour agenda, he plays in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. He will continue with a return loop to Michigan, Ohio and Chicago before heading out for Switzerland and Germany.
As a solo artist, Kapsalis enjoys the freedom of following his own desires in where he tours. He has been well- received in Switzerland and Germany so he returns to that part
KAPSALIS INCONCERT MONDAY (MARCH 12), 7 P.M. TAOS MESA BREWING MOTHERSHIP, ABC MESA ROAD NO COVER CHARGE (575) 758-1900
ALSO TUESDAY (MARCH 13), 6:30 P.M. THE TAOS INN, 125 PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE NO COVER CHARGE (575) 758-2233
of the world frequently. He also enjoys traveling to the Western United States.
“Especially with instrumental music, there are no bridges; there’s no language barrier. Music is the only universal language there is, no matter what,” Kapsalis said.
He said he is inspired by the feeling of camaraderie that is possible between himself and someone from a small village in Switzerland, for example.
“I like that music lets me have that connection with somebody I would otherwise maybe have nothing to talk about with. I like that it connects me to the world because I’m naturally an introverted person, and music opens me up and allows me to feel more comfortable communicating. I just love experiencing different cultures.”
His travels have given Kapsalis an appreciation for the subtleties and distinctiveness of regional cultures. For example, he said, he’s learned that southern Germany and northern Germany have different cuisine and dialects, differences he can now recognize.
“All these different things that are fascinating I could maybe learn if I watched a travel show, but it’s nice to experience it,” he said. “Every time I go on tour I find things I want to experience, and new cultures I want to meet and get to know more. And, it’s nice to make new friends.”
Asked if his travels influence his music, Kapsalis said, “Yes. I like to quote flamenco, I like to quote Americana, I like to quote Greek- Balkan and Eastern European music,” Kapsalis said.
“It’s very nice to feel that all this music is kind of universal, and that’s one way to feel you can relate to everybody a little bit.”
Kapsalis said that while he may be playing in one part of the world, such as Taos, he tries to create a special atmosphere by including a musical riff he picked up in Armenia, or India, or any one of the other places he has traveled.
In addition, Kapsalis said he is always trying new techniques with the guitar to keep himself excited and interested in playing. Alongside his own compositions, he plays covers, so don’t be surprised to hear some Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd along with tangos and Greek music.
“I’m throwing a bunch of different things in there,” he said, “making a nice melting pot.”
After his Taos shows, Kapsalis will be playing in Del Norte and Durango, Colorado. For more information, and tour details visit akguitar. com.
GUITARIST Andreas Kapsalis