AN album recorded in the idyllic setting of a Tibetan Buddhist retreat centre in East Gippsland will be unveiled tomorrow, Friday, by Canberra classical guitarist, Greg O’Rourke.“Woodworks – Music for Classical Guitar Solo” weaves sounds from the natural environment in between well-loved guitar classics by Bach, Scarlatti, and Albeniz.
A graduate of the ANU School of Music, Greg studied local Canberra’s guitar guru Timothy Kain, one ofAustralia’s most highly-regarded performers and teachers with swags of big international prizewinning students.
“It was a real privilege to study with such an excellent teacher like Tim. His guidance has benefited many young musicians,” he says.
“it’s a collection of some of my favourite pieces for solo classical guitar, which I have come back to play again and again over the years,” he continues.
“It was a wonderful experience listening to the natural world as I walked around the retreat centre between recording sessions…I recorded some beautiful moments such as native birds in the forest, frogs conversing by a creek in the evening and even a Tibetan monk playing traditional instruments.”
“CityNews” has been told by an East Gippsland local that the region boasts some pretty scary (and vocal) gliders, so it will be interesting to see if they make an appearance.
The concert tomorrow will also feature chamber music duets with Canberra violinist Vanessa Driver featuring Australian compositions by Mark Pollard and Phillip Houghton.
The launch concert of “Woodworks,” at Smiths Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga St,CanberraCity, 7:30pm tomorrow, Friday, September 7. Free entry, but bookings are essential to 0402 750 597.