Fairy Tales, Monsters and Wild Animals
Made for young and old, Meredith Connie's performances on this CD have enchanted audiences across two continents, evoking fantastical worlds and appealing to classical and non-classical, guitar and non-guitar based audiences.
The program is based around the major new work for guitar and narration, "In the Wild", and is complemented by works that are themed around fantastical worlds and things that go bump in the night (works by Stepan Rak, J.K Mertz, Phillip Houghton). It’s a fun, dynamic program and has gotten great responses from audiences for it’s ageless appeal and programmatic elements.
Featuring the virtuosic, fiery drama of Stepan Rak’s Czech Fairy Tales, the foreboding supernatural darkness of nineteenth century virtuoso guitarist J.K. Mertz, and the whimsy and playfulness of Philip Houghton’s Gothica, this new solo guitar recording traverses the heightened world of fantasy. In the tradition of Platero Y Yo (Castelnuovo-Tedesco) and other works for guitar and narration, the recording also features a new work by Meredith Connie based on the poetry of David Elliott, titled “In the Wild”. Ranging from the humorous to the tragic, these short character pieces depict various wild animals, and have been praised by numerous international artists:
"I played my little set of seven ‘In the Wild’ critters tonight… I get to look out at the audience a lot-which is good on nights like tonight when I am seeing a lot of reaction to the pieces. [Many] have told me they were really struck by them and thought the music was awesome."
Joe Pecoraro, Guitar department chair, North Carolina School of the Arts; http://www.josephpecoraro.com
"I love how original what you're doing is, and of course, obviously, the way each of your short compositions captures the animal and the spirit of the poem. I can see this working as a set in a concert. …I love these pieces. I was going to let you know which were my favorites, but the more I listen,the more I love all of them. Looking forward to seeing the others!"
David Elliott, poet; https://www.davidelliottbooks.com
"I heard… In the Wild last year and just loved it. Fabulous piece and I'm looking forward to playing it myself now."
Amy Bruksch, guitarist and educator; http://mallarmemusic.org/?staff=amy-brucksch-guitar
Meredith concertizes regularly as a soloist and with ensembles, over a wide range of styles and periods. Known for her vitality as a performer and her charm as a presenter, concert music is always put in context and the audience put at their ease. Her interpretations are characterized by an understanding of the drama and the story behind every piece.
- Polar Bear
- The old Spanish Castle is Full of Vampires, Sleeping
- The Gates that Hold King Kong
- They of the Half Light
- Czech Fairy Tales Stepan Rak Meredith Connie
- Frankenstein meets the Jazzman
- The Raven Vanishes
- Mad Love
- The Fly
In the Wild Meredith Connie
Bardenklänge Johann Kaspar Mertz
Gothica: Book of Spooks and Spectres Phillip Houghton
Four Monsters Jim Ferguson
- Meredith Connie · guitar
Cited as a “Californian guitar supremo” by the Belfast Telegraph, Jim Ferguson has had a long and varied musical career.
Phillip Houghton's guitar music has been performed and recorded by leading musicians, including John Williams and Timothy Kain, who recently recorded his Three Duets. Some 20 of his guitar solos, published by Moonstone Music, are on the national music syllabus (AMEB) and is also represented in the new Benjamin Verdery Guitar Series for Frederick Harris Publishers.