I play and sing a wide but cohesive mixture of cover and original music, instrumental or vocal music from Classical guitar to Arabic, Turkish, World Music, Blues and Acoustic Percussive Guitar on the 6 string guitar, 9 string drum guitar and Fretless guitar. I can tune the performance to what is called for in many different venue settings, from auditoriums and artist series performances to smaller, more intimate settings. I am also available for informances, at which I demonstrate and teach 9 string drum guitar technique. I am reasonable, easy to work with and I do ENTERTAIN.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Thank you for your time and interested regarding performing at your venue. I play and sing a wide but cohesive mixture of cover and original music, from Classical Guitar to Arabic, Turkish, World Music, Blues, Rock, Pop and Acoustic Percussive Guitar on the 6 string guitar, 9 string drum guitar and fretless guitar.
Keith Lykins is a composer, performer, recording artist, writer and inventor located in the American Midwest. A Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance as well as advanced studies in composition, orchestration and ethnomusicology provided the foundation which allowed him to further launch upon a continuing journey dedicated to the exploration of international music and to become a trail blazer in the world of guitar.
He encompasses aspects of music from the lurid, intoxicating deltas of the deep American South to the sultry driving beats found in the all-night coffee houses of Madrid. From the delicate harmonies of the Irish Coast to the intricate melodies of the arid Sudan, Egypt’s Nile Valley and Afghani mountain ranges. Winnowing Arabic maqams to East Indian Hindustani Ragas, he combines unexpected nuances from around the globe to create an epic and novel experience.
His guitar work combined with acoustic percussive techniques, at times a maelstrom of sound and texture, at times delicate tapestries of woven emotion and imagery is always pinpoint, accurate and thoughtful. His voice possesses a deep, rich, urban bluesy quality, evocative of experiences captured and lives lived. Whether performing cover songs or original music, he combines these elements to evoke an other-worldly experience. Keith’s masterful use of the 9 String Drum Guitar or DAGR-9 which he invented and patented, has astounded and thrilled audiences since its introduction in 2010. It has been said that good lyrics don’t describe emotions, they create them. Through his use of language. Keith evokes emotional landscapes, demonstrating a knowing of this world and places unseen. His music can be found at (link hidden) or on You Tube.
Additional Booking Notes
I am fully self contained and need only a place to plug in.
Typical Set List
Ritual Dance: Michael Headges
Blind and Broken: Original
Play a Sad Song: Original
I Shot The Sheriff Bob Marley
Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Acoustic Percussive Guitar Cover
Second Sun East: Original
Turkish Folk Song: Original
All Along the Watchtower: Bob Dylan
Do You Come From a Land Down Under: Men At Work
Fall Out, I Will Not Be Broken: Original
Human Nature: Michael Jackson - Acoustic Percussive Guitar Cover
Influences & Inspiration
I have a wide range of influences: From Andres Segovia (classical Guitar) to Jon Gomm (modern Fingerstyle Guitarist). From Bach to Bob Marley and yes I do play both.
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