AHWAHNEE – Breathtaking, spectacular, and exquisite. Those are just some of the words critics have used to describe Chris Proctor, National 6 and 12 String Champion, who brings his amazing variety of guitar sounds and textures to Coolwater Ranch on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Influenced by such great and diverse talents as Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke, Proctor’s music is described as “elegant” by Guitar Player magazine. Ten CDs on Flying Fish, Windham Hill, Rounder and Sugarhouse Records, his victory in the US National Fingerstyle Championship, his books, DVD’s, videos, magazine articles, and endorsements all testify to Chris’s standing as one of the elite solo guitar composers, arrangers, and performers of the day.
The rich tapestry of bass, melody, and inner voices he coaxes from the instruments bring an orchestral quality to his music that surprises and delights audiences who haven’t heard him before.
One reviewer captured the essence of Chris Proctor’s music this way: “What to call his unique melange of styles? There’s an aspect of Americana in the echoes of Appalachian and old-timey styles that are apparent in just about every track, but there are also elements of jazz, Celtic folk, and a dash of blues in here somewhere. What Proctor does is create guitar music that reflects the whole heritage of the instrument and still has his own distinct stamp — a tall order, but he’s up to the job.”
Critics also call his guitar playing “haunting,” and “rich.” Guitar magazines praise his twelve-string work as “revelatory.” Media reviewers trace the roots of his style to folk, jazz, pop, and classical music, categorize his playing as “Baroque Folk,” “New World Steel String,” “Solo Guitar Orchestra,” and “Instrumental Americana.”
Passes to see Chris Proctor live are available at Oakhurst Feed and Mountain Feed and Nursery for a suggested donation of $20 in advance. Tickets are $23 online.
All proceeds go to the artist. Call for a reservation at (559) 760-1134. Reservations or passes are a must for these concerts as space is limited. For more information contact Coolwater host Robin Ralston directly at (559) 760-1134 or e-mail email@example.com.
The ranch is located in Ahwahnee, just ten minutes from Oakhurst at 45680 Forest Ridge Drive. Just a few house rules attendees are asked to follow please: no alcohol, drugs or smoking and no children under 16. The Coolwater Concert Series is sponsored in part by Tenaya Lodge.