Mu­si­cal in­sights

An­dreas Kap­salis plays in­stru­men­tal gui­tar in­flu­enced by the world

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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



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

By Ari­ana Kramer

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