The official launch concert of Woodworks will take place at Smiths Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga St, Canberra City ACT, Friday, 7th of September at 7:30pm. Free entry, but bookings are essential. More info at http://gregorourkeguitar.com/
Graduate of the ANU School of Music, Greg studied extensively with local Canberra guitar guru Timothy Kain, one of Australia’s most highly regarded performers and teachers of the instrument.
“It was a real privilege to study with such an excellent teacher like Tim. His guidance has benefited many young musicians,” said Greg.
The debut album was recorded in the idyllic setting of a Tibetan Buddhist retreat centre in East Gippsland, Victoria. Sounds of the natural environment are threaded in between well-loved guitar classics by Bach, Scarlatti, and Albeniz.
“The concept behind this album is very simple; it’s a collection of some of my favourite pieces for solo classical guitar, which I have come back to play again and again over the years. All of the featured works have a common thread: they are exquisitely beautiful, passionate and intelligent pieces of music.
“It was a wonderful experience listening to the natural world as I walked around the retreat centre between recording sessions,” reports Greg. “I recorded some beautiful moments such as native birds in the forest, frogs conversing by a creek in the evening and even a Tibetan monk playing traditional instruments! This approach really shaped the album and gives it quite a unique feel.”
As well as guitar solo classics, the upcoming release concert will also feature chamber music duets with local violinist Vanessa Driver. Their set will include some colourful Australian compositions by Mark Pollard and Phillip Houghton.
“We have really enjoyed developing this repertoire together and are looking forward to performing these works to a live audience,” said Vanessa.