AHWAHNEE – The next Coolwater Ranch concert is Saturday, May 31, at 8 p.m. and features world renowned guitarist Peppino D’Agostino.
D’Agostino doesn’t just play the guitar. He composes, arranges, collaborates, improvises and has even been known to sing a song here and there in both English and Italian. But what he does create on the guitar makes the difference between simply playing and truly making music apparent in the most wonderful ways.
D’Agostino has been hailed as “a guitarist’s guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine as well as a giant of the acoustic guitar (San Diego Reader), and holds many top guitar awards, but the San Francisco Chronicle encapsulated the essential difference that distinguishes DíAgostinoís music when it dubbed him a poet.
That poetic eloquence, grace and magic suffuses Nine White Kites, his first album of new compositions for the guitar in a decade. The set of 11 songs and 2 bonus tracks launches with the soaring fingerpicking of the title track, leading the listener through a tour de force showcase of D’Agostinoís mastery and artistry.
A native of Italy, D’Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America a little over 25 years ago. The readers of Guitar Player voted him Best Acoustic Guitarist in 2007, and the following year in Acoustic Guitars People’s Choice Awards he won a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time for his 2002 release Every Step of The Way (tying with Leo Kottke, one of his prime inspirations) and another Bronze award as Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year. But as said above, it’s not just his talent that makes D’Agostino so notable, but also what he does with it.
Now Robin Ralston is bringing this highly acclaimed artist to the Coolwater Ranch. Passes are available at Oakhurst Feed and Mountain Feed and Nursery, or you can call Robin Ralston at 559-760-1134 or email email@example.com to have a reservation at the door.
Coolwater 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:
1. Please, No Alcohol, Drugs or Smoking!
2. Admission is free but there is a suggested donation for the artist of $20 to $25.
3. No children under 16.
(Biography reprinted from http://peppinodagostino.com)