Music Review: Guitar Wizards – String Theories, Or Acoustic Acumen

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By BRUCE DENNILL

 

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Guitar Wizards / Created by Corneille Hutten / Lesedi Theatre, Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

 

Following a simple format – essentially two different acts on either side of an interval – Guitar Wizards is perfectly suited to a room like the Lesedi Theatre, a couple of times the size of a big club, and with raked seating and a proper lighting rig. Showcasing and the talents of South African duo CH2 (Corneille Hutten and Dirkie van Staden) and young Polish virtuoso Marcin Ptrzalek, this show focuses on fingerstyle guitar – instrumental music (not as common an audience attraction, perhaps, as more conventional tunes with vocals) requiring a high level of technical capacity.

Sensibly, the show is split into two halves. First up are CH2. Hutten and Van Staden both play nylon string classical guitars, drawing inspiration from traditional Spanish music, including flamenco. Generally speaking, Van Staden handles the more percussive parts of the…

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