7:30pm this Thursday Feb 21, 2019 – MARC ATKINSON TRIO with CAMERON WILSON at the GOLDEN CIVIC CENTRE
With an impressive career spanning over two decades, the dazzlingly gifted acoustic guitarist Marc Atkinson never fails to astonish. He wears his virtuosity lightly, though, and refuses to let technical facility overwhelm the innate beauty of a melody or the emotion hiding within a lovely old tune. The late CBC Radio host Jurgen Goethe hailed Atkinson’s Trio as “one of the top ten of the world’s string trios.”
These gifted artists have been critically acclaimed and widely awarded: the second Trio recording was voted one of the top five albums in North America by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, while the Junos and the Western Canadian Music Awards have also paid their respects to this ridiculously talented six-stringer.
From blindingly fast pyrotechnics to dreamy ballads, Atkinson serves up a banquet of music that draws from classical, jazz, and roots traditions. Oh, and he’s a very funny presence on stage, both in terms of his droll anecdotes but also in the sly humour that can infuse his playing.
The current Trio – Brett Martens on rhythm guitar and Scott White on stand up bass – are first-call players. And for this performance they’re being joined by Cameron Wilson, a violinist and composer known for his genre-crossing virtuosity and near-limitless musical creativity. Wilson plays with the National Broadcast Orchestra, Van Django, and Mariachi del Sol (amongst other ensembles); his compositions have been heard on the CBC, NPR, and the venerable BBC; and he’s recorded with everyone from Bryan Adams to Spirit of the West.
Expect some swinging, good time, gypsy jazz … and more!