2016 – 2017 Concerts & Events

Peppino D'Agostino
March 25, 2017
Peppino D'Agostino

 

Time & Place
Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
4552 Princess Anne Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Admission
General Admission$26
Military, Senior (60), or Student (w/ID)$23
TFAM Member$18
Child 10-17 w/adult$10
Child under 10 w/adultfree
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Peppino D’Agostino emerged on the acoustic guitar scene in the early 80’s as a leading member of the second wave of the great fingerstylists that helped redefine the instrument in the ’90s. His remarkable technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects are the basis of his unique compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for decades. Add to that his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes and you have the recipe for what he calls “minestrone music”. His virtuosity and his emotional charge have also had a significant influence on the younger generation of fingerstyle guitarists. D’Agostino continues to evolve and grow in ways that would have been hard to predict when he first showcased his melodic yet emotionally intense style on the recordings Acoustic Spirit, Close to the Heart, and Every Step of the Way which was named one of the top three acoustic guitar albums of all time by Acoustic Guitar magazine readers.

D’Agostino has performed in more than 30 countries, at prestigious international festivals and has played in some of the world’s most important theaters. He has shared the stage with Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Laurindo Almeida, Sergio Assad, Larry Carlton, and Eric Johnson, to name a few.

D’Agostino’s simultaneous immersion in the classical guitar and rock worlds, has culminated in his most recent solo recording, Penumbra, a mix of sophisticated yet melodic compositions that are technically complex. Released by Mesa/Bluemoon, Penumbra includes two compositions written for D’Agostino by Latin Grammy Award winner and classical guitar legend Sergio Assad as well as original compositions by three great contemporary classical guitarists: Roland Dyens, Maurizio Colonna and Gyan Riley.  You could arguably say that D’Agostino is the missing link between the Classical and the Acoustic guitar.

Recently Peppino had his very first sold out tour in China and a soundtrack composed for the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

In addition to performing, D’Agostino also makes time to teach. He enjoys meeting with individual students as well as providing group instruction and vacation learning packages like the Acoustic Guitar Cruises, Creative Vacances in La Moreau, France, or teaching with legendary guitarist Martin Taylor.  The leading online instruction company Truefire has released a series of videos in which D’Agostino explains his influential guitar techniques and approach to composition. Peppino, when not performing or teaching, also has fun writing musical licks for new versions of games such as Sims, a product of Electronic Arts, or Dragons of Atlantis for Kabam.

People never know what to expect at his concerts. Peppino’s repertoire is always changing, adapting to the rapport he establishes with his audience. His live performances, a combination of beautiful, complex, up tempo original instrumentals, memorable arrangements and engaging songs are beautifully addictive.

Peppino never disappoints, opening new musical doors with his loved and award winning Seagull signature model guitar. His hands constantly searching, experimenting, and his original music and songs taking his audiences to ever-expanding heights.

Peppino’s command of the instrument is amazing, he can play in so many styles, employing many different techniques. He is one of the most versatile acoustic guitarists I’ve ever met.
Andy McKee
Peppino D’Agostino is one of the best picking style guitarists that I’ve ever met… His technique is very personal and rich and takes up elements of Classical guitar in order to integrate them into his musical language.
Roland Dyens
Opening: Matt Thomas (J. Trower Photography)
Opening: Matt Thomas

credit: J. Trower Photography

I know the harp guitar's future is in good hands when I hear Matt play and write with the sensitivity and passion that he has. He's got terrific chops on a regular six string too! Stephen Bennett

At a young age of 27, Matt Thomas has started a young career and gained some large credit in the world of fingerstyle guitar. He won 1st place in both contemporary thumbpicking and open style at the Home of the Legends International Thumbpicking Competition. The following year, he returned to be inducted into the Thumbpickers Hall-of-Fame and was asked to compete again which resulted in another 1st place win in contemporary fingerstyle, and 2nd in traditional thumbpicking. Some influences are Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed, Buster B. Jones, Stephen Bennett, Pat Kirtley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Django Reinhardt, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Andy Mckee, Adam Rafferty, and Tommy Emmanuel.

In the 4 years Thomas has been playing fingerstyle, he has performed with such greats as Stephen Bennett, Joscho Stephan of Germany, Gareth Pearson of Wales, Wayne Henderson, Richard Smith, and guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel. Thomas was named the most outstanding overall musician in the Woodside High School performing arts magnet in 2004. In 2005 alone, he performed at the 2 most prestigious acoustic festivals in the nation, Merlefest and the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) Convention. Since then, he has performed at countless music festivals across the east and west coast. Thomas has also been voted the Best Overall Guitarist in the Hampton Roads area by Meona.net. Thomas also plays the Harp Guitar and has been named the new young gun by Harpguitars.net.

Matt's Guitars:

  • Holloway Harp Guitar — Performance harp guitar
  • Morris — Studio guitar
  • Maton EBG808 — Live guitar
  • McCollough Baritone — Studio/performance guitar