Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased to present once again the internationally renowned acoustic guitarist and composer Peppino D’Agostino ! A self taught musician who emigrated from Italy in 1984 to pursue his dream, Peppino has helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His keen melodic sense, remarkable technique, open tunings and percussive effects are the basis of his unique and original compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for decades. Add to that his warm, playful personality, emotional intensity, and broad musical tastes covering classical, folk, Irish, Italian, Brazilian, flamenco and jazz traditions and you have the recipe for his dynamic “minestrone music”. His live performances combine beautifully complex up -tempo instrumentals and a warm and engaging personality that is addictive. http://peppinodagostino.com/
As a six string guitarist, composer, and arranger steeped in classical discipline, Peppino has had an amazing recording and performing career that has spanned three decades and garnered critical acclaim and awards the world over (voted #1 Best Acoustic Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine ). He has released eight solo albums and 17 recordings. Peppino’s newest and most ambitious solo CD Penumbra blends his own melodic originals with the works of contemporaries like Sergio Assad; many influences, from Celtic to Brazilian touches, melt into a unique and gorgeous result, balancing the classical with a rock and ethnic-influenced style. CDs will be available for purchase.
D’Agostino recently had his first sold out tour of China, and composed a soundtrack for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He has performed in over thirty countries and at countless international festivals and important venues. Also a master teacher, he has published three instructional DVDs (his newest interactive video software Poetica Musica is available on his web site) , composed a movie soundtrack, helped design his own signature Seagull guitar, and collaborated with some of the best musicians in the world -Tommy Emmanuel and Leo Kottke among others. D’Agostino co-founded The Pacific Guitar Ensemble with David Tannebaum in 2010, one of his best known musical collaborations.
We are thrilled to have this international treasure grace our stage for the third time! $25 General. Fine Refreshments available for sale. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the icon to the right. You may also reserve will-call tickets and pay at the door, phone at 707-874-9392 to reserve will-call. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. Our Art Gallery is open for viewing and gift purchases during all events.