DON SIMPSON, Solo Instrumental Guitarist performing Classical Guitar Standards, Pop and Jazz Covers and Original Compositions. Demo performances available.
I have a degree in guitar performance and lots of experience performing live. I have done live radio, over a dozen cable-television shows, festivals, corporate events, art shows, civic functions, weddings and receptions. I can also perform in duos and trios with violin and or viola players. If you contact me I can direct you to demos and sample performances.
Price Range: Depends on time , distance and equipment needed
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
An interesting mix of recognizable instrumental guitar standards combined with original compositions and imaginatively arranged covers from different eras. All performed with artistic precision and interpretation. An elegant mix of past and present styles.
As a solo guitarist I have played a lot of situations. I have enough material, originals, and covers where I can configure a program and slant it a certain direction. I t is not a classical concert, but it can include classical guitar standards. I can do wedding preludes like Cannon in D, Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring, The Prayer, quite a few classic love songs. I have several things that work very well for wedding processionals or recessionals, as well as the traditional bridal march. I do things that work well on guitar. Some piano pieces work well on the guitar, but the guitar has its own literature, and I do a lot of arranging. Most things that are well written melodically can be arranged for solo guitar. However, because of the idiomatic needs of the guitar, I don't promise to do last minute requests. With enough advance notice, I will consider arranging songs I don't already perform, because I like to keep my repertoire growing. I like detailed discussions before a special booking to make sure that I can deliver what the customer is expecting. For example, a lot of people think guitar players sing. Some people think a solo guitar will replace a band.
The solo acoustic guitar, when well played, can be exciting, interesting, elegant, enjoyable, and entertaining. I have played for art shows, corporate dinners and receptions, chambers of commerce, fund raising events, cable television, live radio, and festivals, to name a few situations for which I have performed.
After contact I can furnish more info and demos and discuss a possible program.
Additional Booking Notes
I like to be notified if there will be no or low lighting so we can bring music stand lights and additional chords and power strips. If there will be bright stage lighting, I also like to know in advance.
Performance pieces and set lists will be provided based on the situation. Feel free to ask, it does change from time to time based on my own interests. I like variety.
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Influences & Inspiration
Mason Williams, Laurence Juber, Laurendo Almeida, Earl Klugh, John Williams, Andres Segovia, Paco De Lucia, Itzhak Perlman, Pablo Casals, Joe Pass, The Beatles, Chet Atkins, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Clapton, Stephen Sondheim, Andy Williams, Louis Armstrong, any melodic singer or instrumentalist.
All I need is a standard 110 outlet that is properly grounded. I can bring everything up to a medium sized PA system. I work self contained so I know it works. My performances are basiscally acoustic and small venues.
One armless dining type chair, NOT a folding chair.
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