Posted by: northeastnation | May 10, 2013

Martin Taylor kicks off Summer Music Series May 15

Northeast State welcomes award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor to campus to kick off the Summer Concert Series with a free live performance on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m.

Taylor will perform in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the main campus, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Completely self-taught, Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career.  He has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, with a strong stage presence.

Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor

Taylor established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing.  No less than Jeff Beck said of Taylor, “He out-shred’s all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it.”

As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Gary Burton, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur and Jamie Cullum. He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia as well as presiding over the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy online.

The concert is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, contact 423.279.7668 or jpkelly@northeaststate.edu.

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