Coming home to Brew

Brew Guitar Duo…Matt Withers, left, and Bradley Kunda.

IT’S not easy to catch up with the boys from Brew Guitar Duo these days – they’re just too busy.

One half of the virtuoso duo, Bradley Kunda, has been in the final throes of his PhD at ANU and is about to submit his thesis, while the talkative one, Matt Withers, is heading up guitar studies at the University of Canberra’s College of Music, managing and promoting their 10th anniversary tour and, just recently, getting engaged.

I caught up with Withers as he and Kunda were leaving for their hometown Adelaide as part of the tour.

While there, they’re trying out “a thing of the future” – an intimate home recital hosted by an Adelaide music lover with a home capacious enough to seat 70 or 80 people.

Such evenings are by invitation, but you pay. With ticket prices ranging between $30 and $50, there’s no hall hire, normally a major expense and with just the two of them and their guitars, it’s cheap to travel.

“The music is up close and personal,” Withers enthuses, reminding me that this “unique product” was a central feature of the classical music tradition. He hopes there’s a market out there for people wanting to spend evening or afternoons with friends listening to fine music in their own “salons”.

Brew’s national tour will wind up at the National Gallery of Australia on Sunday, November 4, with a guitar recital that includes a couple of new compositions, the world premiere of Kunda’s “Sonata for Guitar” and a new piece Withers has commissioned from Canberra composer Sam Smith.

He is not revealing the link right now, but the duo will be announcing a new website at their final concert. We’ll let you know.

Brew Guitar Duo, NGA, 3pm, Sunday, November 4, bookings to the gallery at 6240 6411 or tickets at the door.

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