Seldovia Arts Council
Coming Attractions

              Guitar Masters Concert 2019

Four instructors, from the Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, will be performing in a special concert in Seldovia this Labor Day Weekend following the camp. The Seldovia Arts Council (SAC) has hosted instructors from the camp for almost a decade.
Included in this year’s line-up are:
Beppe Gambetta,
Jon Swain,
Victoria Vox
Cyd Smith.
The concert will begin at 7:30 pm on Sunday, September 1st at the Susan B. English School Commons. During intermission we will hold our annual SAC Board of Directors election. This year four SAC Board positions are up for election. Currently the maximum number of board members is 12, including one student representative; each regular member has a term of three years, while the student representative has a one-year term. Our candidates include: Suzie Stranik, Vivian Rojas, Mary Anne Wilson and Susan Mumma. Write-ins are welcome. Please come out and vote! Information about our Guitar Masters follows.

Beppe Gambetta is continually composing his personal mosaic of sounds and flavours. From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled the world to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. Gambetta's playing and singing stand out for their intimate emotions, communication, research in tone, sobriety and humour. An inspired music that modestly avoids relying solely on his high level of technical excellence, but also reveals the innermost feelings of a brilliant, playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly rooted in tradition. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.

Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who’s been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style – combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. Shain’s most recent solo disc, Gettin’ Handy with the Blues: A Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in January, 2018. Shain’s newest release is the  gorgeous roots album, Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday Soon,  recorded along with long-time collaborator FJ Ventre. Jon has released eight studio albums, working with studio luminaries such as Dave Mattacks, Tom Dube, and Chris Stamey, along the way. When Shain is not recording, producing other artists, or performing, he stays busy giving private instruction in Piedmont blues fingerstyle guitar, and teaching group workshops in songwriting and blues guitar.

Victoria Vox is an 'ukulele-toting award-winning songwriter and performer. With a passion for songwriting since she was 10, (first on keyboard, then on guitar), she studied at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and in 2003, she took up the ukulele as her main accompaniment. Since the release of her first ukulele album in 2006 (... and her Jumping Flea), Vox has been one of the leading songwriters on the ukulele scene (Ukulele Magazine, front cover + feature article). However, she straddles into the folk scene as well, where she has opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler. She performs mostly as a one-woman-band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele, while taking her own solos (on mouth-trumpet), and cutting through it all with her genuine lyrics and pure voice.

Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Cyd Smith is a bit of a musical chameleon. She began studying classical guitar in her early teens and majored in music at Stanford University. While living in the Bay Area, she was introduced to the rich treasury of American folk music, especially bluegrass and vintage country music. From there it was a smooth transition into 20’s, 30's, and 40’s swing music, and she has delved deeply since into the guitarists, vocalists, and songwriters of that era. All these influences feed into her own genre-blending/bending songwriting. Cyd is an explorer of the unexpected--lyrically, harmonically, and melodically. Northwest music critic Paul de Barros writes, "“A sort of Sheila Jordan of the folk/jazz beat, Cyd weds her flutey voice and alluring turns of phrase to a run of crisp rhythms, all propelled by indomitable guitar

Updated 2019, August 15.