Multi-international award-winning virtuoso guitar duo, CH2, release their exciting 12th album Starstruck, now available on all digital platforms. CH2, the multi-international award-winning duo from South Africa, keeps going from strength to strength with their latest hit album, Starstruck, the duo’s 12th album to date.
With their flawless, effortless technique and pulsating rhythms, they showcase what can be done on only two – classical – guitars, creating a very exciting instrumental pop sound whilst mimicking drum sounds and bass guitar all at the same time.
Having been crowned the world’s greatest guitarists in the Lee Ritenour Six String Theory International Guitar Competition in the USA, CH2 has truly developed their own style unique to the band and continue to blow people away with their flair and extreme virtuosity.
The members of CH2, Corneille Hutten and Dirkie Van Staden, keep challenging themselves with new techniques every day and see themselves as pioneers of the classical guitar, pushing the instrument into genres it is not known for.
This newly released 16-track album is no different, and is indeed a Starstruck affair… a number of exciting international, African and local collaborations are featured on the album;
The genius that is Michael NOMAD Ripoll on guitar.
His credits include David Foster, Walter A., Bernie Herms, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Justin Bieber, Colbie Caillat, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Toby Mac, and many more.
In his career, he’s also been fortunate enough to work with iconic composers such as Danny Elfman (Men in Black 3), John Powell (Ferdinand, Happy Feet 1 & 2, Mr. & Mrs Smith), and A.R. Rahman.
The South African Grammy-award winning flautist, Wouter Kellerman join CH2 on a stunning rendition of Sting’s “Shape of my Heart”. A true honour for CH2!
Wouter has recently released a video for their collaboration on Shape of My Heart; enjoy it here: https://youtu.be/mhiZEz2hH1Y
The wunderkind Marcin Patrzalek from Poland and winner of the legendary Jon Gomm world acoustic guitar competition joins CH2 on Asturias. This is an iconic Classical-Spanish composition by Isaac Albeniz, reborn here into a stunning cross-over track.
Butera Knowless needs no introduction in the African Pop music scene!
Hailing from Rwanda, this queen of Africa graces the album with her soothing tones and flawless beauty, also singing in her native Kinyarwanda tongue.
The local powerhouse that is Lloyd Cele, known for his success in SA Idols, collaborates with the duo on “Keep Moving”.
Added to this, the album is graced with the musician mastery of world-class artists like Denny Lalouette on bass (Josh Groban, Leo Sayer, Chris de Burgh, Shirley Bassey, Andy Narell (American steel drum player), Demis Roussos, Patrizio Buanne, Michael Gibbs (British arranger), Joe Henderson (American jazz saxophonist), Trevor Rabin, (Dana Winner) and Brendan Ross on sax (who played for the legend Johnny Clegg).
Starstruck is an album filled with some of the best virtuoso guitar playing you will hear, in their own unique CH2 style, combined with tender moments and exhilarating live tracks where you can experience first-hand the CH2 vibe!
Starstruck is available for purchase via various digital platforms. Here’s a link to those platforms: https://ch2starstruck.hearnow.com/
Hard copies of the album can be bought at their many public gigs, ordered online at http://ch2.bigcartel.com otherwise by clicking the “Shop” button on CH2’s website.
CH2 are proud members of the Grammy Foundation and they are thrilled to have recently received the news that Insomnia has been accepted for nomination for the Grammys in 2020.
CH2 has won numerous awards over the years, with 2 x SAMA (South African Music Award) awards for best instrumental/classical album.
They’ve also won 2 x Ghoema, Geraas, Oscar and VryFees awards. They have performed on various international tours over the years and enjoy a strong international following across all the continents.
CH2 has recently been accepted into one of the biggest movie libraries in the world that supplies Hollywood and Bollywood music for A-list movies.
They are the perfect corporate as well as show-stopper outfit for events, theatre shows and festivals.