| Guitar Masters Concert 2019
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:
Victoria Vox and
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.
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
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
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
2019, August 15.