Guitar Wizards is a concept, created by Corneille Hutten of the award-winning international, but proudly South African, Guitar Duo CH2. The idea is to fuse various Guitar styles from Flamenco to Finger-style Guitar playing – all played with great precision on acoustic Guitars. This series of concerts promises to be an eclectic lab of creativity; saluting the sounds of Acoustic Guitar virtuosity.
First off, in the Guitar Wizards series, is a very special guest, all the way from Poland, the wunderkind and international sensation, 18-year old Marcin Patrzalek. He will join CH2 onstage for 90 minutes of heart-stopping Guitar sounds.
“One of the finest Guitar Duos in the world ” Lee Ritenour ★★★★★
CH2 has been top of the musical ladder for the past eighteen years in South Africa. Winner of multiple SAMA and Ghoema Awards, they have produced 11 albums, including the best-selling and Grammy entry “PING” and their most recent offering Insomnia – The Chapel Master.
With their flawless, effortless technique and pulsating rhythms, they showcase what can be done on only two guitars, classical guitars, and create a very exciting instrumental pop sound whilst mimicking drum sounds and bass guitar all at the same time. CH2 has truly developed their own style unique to the band and continues to blow people away with their virtuosity. The members of CH2 keep challenging themselves with new techniques every day and see themselves as pioneers of the classical guitar, pushing the instrument into genres it is not known for.
Speaking from Pretoria, CH2 founder said “I am SUPER excited about the Guitar Wizards series and it is such an honour kicking this off with a true wizard on the guitar in Marcin! Audiences will be thrilled with only the best guitar playing in the world.”
Marcin Patrzalek is an 18-year old Polish fingerstyle guitarist and winner of the biggest Polish TV talent show “Must be The Music”. Marcin is well-known for his guitar arrangements and compositions which gather millions of views online.
His music background began with classical guitar, which he started playing at the age of 10. He won many prestigious classical international competitions including the Joaquin Rodrigo Festival. He then became interested in flamenco music, studying it under the guidance of Spanish virtuoso Carlos Pinana. Shortly afterwards, he discovered yet another style – Acoustic Fingerstyle. It was the style he reckoned most exciting and fitting for his approach to music.
Several years of practicing Marcin worked out a unique technique and style which ended up in developing his own approach to Percussive Fingerstyle. His attention-grabbing debut album was released in 2016, and he is an author of many compositions and arrangements.
Marcin is very excited to visit South Africa and work with CH2. Speaking from his home town of Kilce, in Poland Marcin said: “I’m extremely excited to have an opportunity to be part of the “Guitar Wizards” project. My excitement is even bigger when I’m thinking about the fact this project is set to be in South Africa. I can’t wait. See you soon!”
See Marcin here: www.youtube.com/marcinpatrzalek
What can audiences expect at the Guitar Wizards show with CH2 and Marcin Patrzalek? A breathtaking celebration of Guitar music – in a glorious concoction of sounds and style. The programme will be filled with lots of popular takes on the music of Metallica, Michael Jackson and compositions from the pen of CH2. The evening will also contain some signature classic guitar pieces like the theme of the Adagio movement of the Concerto de Aranjuez and Asturias.
Tickets are from R 220.00
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