R.D. King is an award-winning guitar player who has performed at hundreds of weddings, receptions, and other functions for over a decade. His classical repertoire adds to an enchanting wedding ceremony, full of grace, poise, and beauty. He is equally at home adding delightful ambiance to a wedding reception or cocktail hour with a mix of jazz, folk, and pop arrangements. The winner of the 2017 Canadian Guitar Festival's International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, he has opened for Andy McKee, Ari Hest, Liz Longley, and many others. A classical guitar graduate of Ithaca College School of Music, his debut album vs. Self is available on iTunes, Spotify, and more!
No only was Russell talented as a musician, but also he was an amazing individual. I had 30 guest for dinner, and have received so many incredible emails about his performance.
R.D did a great job he was on time and very organized...
Price Range: $200 and up.
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
R.D. King is a solo instrumental guitarist. Classically trained at Ithaca College of Music, R.D. King performs classical compositions, modern and traditional covers, and a selection of original music as well.
R.D. King's music is emotionally captivating, inspired, and versatile. He crafts his performance to suit the environment of the show and can provide the perfect ambiance for any event.
R.D. King has performed at countless weddings, events, receptions, and more.
R.D. King is a Boston-based human, composer, and acoustic guitar extraordinaire. The winner of the 2017 Canadian Guitar Festival's International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, he has opened for Andy McKee, Ari Hest, Liz Longley, and many others. Using only instrumental music, he creates compelling narratives and emotional experiences. Through composing and performing, King explores life, consciousness, and meaning, grappling with questions of individual and shared experience. Listening to King’s music is an emotional and introspective journey that is difficult to parse into genre or tradition. King’s audiences describe his music as passionate, powerful, deeply memorable, and—at times—extraordinary.
His debut album, vs. Self, was released on April 27, 2017. Featuring nine original tracks for solo acoustic guitar, it is available on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Tidal, and more.
King draws inspiration from literature, philosophy, psychology, and meditation. Born into a family of writers, artists, and musicians, King has always turned to creative process as the framework for introspection and growth. A graduate of Ithaca College School of Music, King performs at venues in New England and beyond.
Additional Booking Notes
R.D. King can perform both acoustically and with a sound system depending on the event planner's vision for the event.
As long as an electricity source is present, R.D. King can provide his own amplification. However, he prefers performing in spaces with built-in sound systems to provide his listeners the highest quality listening experience.
Upcoming Booked Events
|October 06, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Cocktail Party|
Past Booked Events
|June 23, 2018 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||House Party|
|June 16, 2017 • 5:30pm - 6:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
For weddings and classical music requests, I play selections of:
I can learn any music specifically requested.
For more upbeat settings, I combine classical with other styles:
Pop arrangements (ranging from the Beatles and the Four Tops to Taylor Swift and Radiohead).
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