A night of virtuoso guitar at the Kennett Flash
By J. Chambless
Guitar virtuoso Muriel Anderson will perform at the
Kennett Flash on June 8, with guests Tim Farrell and Dave Feder.
A composer, guitarist, and harp guitarist, Anderson has composed music since about age 5. She fell in love with the guitar at an early age and learned every style available to her, beginning with folk, bluegrass and jazz. She received a degree in music from DePaul University and went on to study with classical virtuoso Christopher Parkening and with Nashville legend Chet Atkins.
Her current CD, “Nightlight Daylight,” has won 11 awards, including Global Music Award’s Best Instrumental Composition for “A Bakers Dozen.”
“It started as a gift for my best friend’s first baby, and turned into one CD to awaken to, one to go to sleep to, with the first-ever interactive lighted CD cover,” Anderson said. “I had so much fun recording these tunes with my friends, including Mark Kibble (Take 6), Victor Wooten, Phil Keaggy, Stanley Jordan, Earl Klugh, Howard Levy, Tommy Emmanuel, Jeff Coffin, Futureman, Danny Gottlieb, and members of the Nashville Symphony.”
Books of her original music include “New Classics for Guitar and Cello” and her works have been performed by the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Chicago’s Vox Caelestis among others. She is founder of the Music for Life Alliance charity and the Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night.
“Just for this year, I’m contributing a percentage of all my concerts to the Music for Life Alliance, which in turn supports the fundraisers I do for nonprofits that supply instruments and lessons to kids who so need music in their lives,” Anderson said.
One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Anderson’s facility across the genres of folk, classical, bluegrass, popular and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. Her unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles tune and the next, a Spanish classic. In addition, her new program is highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by celebrated photo-artist Bryan Allen.
In addition to her music and instructional books, Anderson has published articles in Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Classical Guitar and Frets magazines, and is currently a regular columnist for Acoustic Guitar Japan magazine.
The concert will be at the Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square) on June 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Visit www.kennettflash.org for tickets.