Happy Australia Day for all my Aussie readers! Yes, here in the Land Down Under we’re celebrating our national day with lamb chops and snags on the barbie, cold beers and some good Aussie music.
But in amongst the INXS, Midnight Oil, John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes, I’ll also be listening to some great Aussie classical guitar music (how could I not, really?!). And some of that great Aussie classical guitar music I’ll definitely listening to is the Aussie guitar quartet, Guitar Trek.
Guitar Trek was launched in 1987 to showcase the Guitar Family (treble, standard, baritone & bass). Canberra-based Timothy Kain is the founding member of Guitar Trek. The current line up includes Timothy Kain, Minh Le Hoang, Bradley Kunda and Matt Withers.
Matt and the rest of the guys in Guitar Trek have launched a crowd funding campaign giving you the chance to contribute directly to their latest recording. The various donation options available also give you the opportunity to score some fantastic rewards including track and album downloads, signed albums, concert tickets, lessons with one the quartet and even your own private concerts.
Check it out here: http://pozi.be/guitartrek
Guitar Trek are aiming to start recording in June and releasing a brand new recording in October this year.
Apparently, the recording will venture into new territory for the quartet with an array of shorter pieces from many different countries and corners of the repertoire. We’re also told to be prepared for a few surprises! Sounds exciting!
Donations will be used to fund 3 days at the prestigious Studio 301 in Sydney, the services of a Sound Engineer for recording, editing and mastering, packaging manufacture, APRA/AMCOS Copyright and venue hire for the launch concert.
If you’re not familiar with Guitar Trek, check out this video of them performing Aussie composer Nigel Westlake’s Sling Jaw Wrasse the fourth movement from the suite Six Fish:
Good luck guys!