From world music grooves to traditional electric blues
Join electric violin virtuoso Rupert Guenther under the stars at the Quarry Amphitheatre for his two upcoming concerts "Sunset Grooves" on Sunday 3 December, and "Born Under A Bad Sign" on Saturday 27 January. Details below.
Sunday 3 December - 6.30 pm - Sunset Grooves
Electric violin virtuoso Rupert Guenther & Crystal Voyager Band
World music grooves from the silk road & beyond
Journey under the stars at this outdoor concert of exotic sounds, from bamboo forests, mosques and temples of central Asia, to the beats and rhythms from African villages and the Middle East, and enjoy listening to an artist who has performed on concert stages around the world for decades - including Vienna, London, Milan, and New York.
"World music sounds really touch peoples' souls. It is so evocative of different lands and times in history. In one concert we can touch into ancient Egypt, China in the time of Lao Tsu, the years and lands of the Crusades, and 19th century middle European gypsy culture," said Rupert, former sideman to the stars such as Beatles producer Sir George Martin, Olivia Newton-John, Demis Roussos, and John Farnham.
"It's a great pleasure to be playing at local venues with musicians of such a high calibre. Crystal Voyager is a very special band. It's music we all love, and the vibe is really fresh and from the heart.
"Music really is the international language, because it is the language of feeling. As human beings, those sounds, no matter what culture they come from, we can understand their emotional meaning. And this is what the spirit of these concerts is all about - each tune tells a story about life, a certain feeling, which as human beings we instantly recognise."
Rupert is renowned for his amazing electric violin sound, and his concerts are an imaginative world voyage of ancient, ambient, electronic and world-music influences, in an uplifting and positive experience for audiences of all ages.
Former sideman to the stars such as The Vienna Chamber Opera, The Beatles producer Sir George Martin, Olivia Newton-John, Demis Roussos, and John Farnham, Rupert has toured as a solo artist in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia, and has released 35 albums of his own music since 2003.
The Crystal Voyager Band includes Rupert Guenther on electric violins, Aaron Powell on guitars, Warren Hall on drums, Eugene McGrath on percussion, and Hans Deberitz on bass.
Enjoy a relaxed picnic dinner on the lawns while you travel the world in music at this beautiful outdoor evening concert.
Saturday 27 January - 6.30 pm - Born Under A Bad Sign
Electric violin virtuoso Rupert Guenther & an all-star live band
Traditional electric blues
Catch frontman Rupert Guenther and his all-star band playing a night of down-home traditional electric blues under the stars at the Quarry Amphitheatre.
Rupert's deep love for the blues brings together a band of some of Australia's most authentic blues talent in a show of Chicago, Mississippi and New Orleans blues, with his immediately identifiable electric violin sound and unique vocal style.
"The blues is such a powerful and very personal language of music. Blues has many sides, from songs of love, longing, sadness and regret, to affirmative resolution, humour, and stark truths," says Rupert.
"The traditional blues which we do in this show has a special place for all of the band. We grew up listening to these artists, and saw how that influenced players like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Garry Moore and many others since. It's so raw and pure, and speaks directly about life situations. everyone can relate to that."
Renowned for over 30 years for his electric violin sound and highly personal and spontaneous shows, the maverick musician whose career has spanned from classical opera in Vienna to world music, blues and Europop in stadiums now brings to The Quarry Amphitheatre classics from the likes of Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Little Walter, Robert Johnston, Link Wray, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker and more, from acoustic renditions to searing electric Delta blues and more.
Having spent two decades working as sideman to the stars (The Vienna Chamber Opera, Beatles' producer Sir George Martin, Olivia Newton-John, Demis Roussos, John Farnham, and projects with players from Procul Harum, Daddy Cool, Little River Band, and Frank Zappa band), and his own solo national classical concert tours, he is enjoying sharing his love of the blues with local audiences again.
The all-star band lineup includes Rupert Guenther on electric violins, Aaron Powell on guitars, Pete Charlesworth on drums, and Hans Deberitz on bass.