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Guitarist to mix jazz, pop Feb. 23

Provided to the TribuneGuitarist Chris Proctor will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Lake Tahoe Community College's Duke Theater.
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Lake Tahoe Community College Performing Arts League will present Chris Proctor in concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Duke Theater.

Tickets are $13 at the door, $11 in advance online at http://www.ltcc.edu/calendar.asp, and $10 in advance at the LTCC bookstore beginning Monday, Feb. 11. Children 8 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Child passes will be available in advance at the bookstore and online. Do not call the bookstore. The bookstore is open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday. For more information, call (530) 541-4660, ext. 512.

Critics call Proctor’s guitar playing “breathtaking,” “haunting” and “rich.” They describe his compositions as “spectacular,” “elegant” and “exquisite.” They trace the roots of his style to folk, jazz, pop and classical music, and, when all else fails, they try and categorize his playing as “baroque folk,” or “instrumental Americana.” The guitar press compares him with Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges.



Another reviewer ventured this analysis: “In his taut, faceted compositions, Chris gives the guitar sole responsibility for a piece’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic components, and in the process creates full-voiced ‘guitar songs.’ His playing illuminates the instrument’s deepest voices and most sonorous qualities, rendering a pop-folk equivalent of the classical guitar sonata.”

These descriptives typify the first-time listener’s response to Proctor’s world of the instrumental, steel-string finger-style guitar. Original music, if it really lives up to its name, always is hard to classify, stewed from a unique set of ingredients, stirred by the writer’s creative imagination and defying easy categorization.


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