Classical and flamenco guitarist and composer Andre Feriante is returning to Sedona by popular demand — after a sold out performance last year — with his new show, The Poet of the Guitar. There will be one show Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.
The Poet of the Guitar is a multiinstrument show on guitar, ukulele and banjo. This year, Feriante will add two new instruments: The oud and the harp guitar.
Italian-born Feriante brings his blend of flamenco, classical and Brazilian guitar to the concert stage. He applies his Segovia-style technique to the ukulele, nylon string banjo, charango and jazz guitar and presents a solo show that is true to his personality — well-rounded, relaxed and joyful.
In The Poet of the Guitar, Feriante takes the audience on a poetic and musically diverse journey through Spanish guitar classics, jazz standards, original compositions, pop songs on the ukulele, the poetry of Lorca and Rumi, and renderings of Bach, Villa-Lobos and Leonard Cohen. He also features songs from his album, Terra de Eros. He has new compositions this tour inspired by where he lives now, out in the country, surrounded by forest, peace and quiet.
“This is not a traditional guitar concert,” Feriante said. “It’s more about storytelling, feeling good with the music, having an experience of connection, joy and even healing. As the silence finds its way into my music it opens windows of surprise and affirmations of beauty. I love the words of Andres Segovia: ‘It’s better to move them than amaze them.’ When I play for you I try to get lost in the music and stop thinking. I hope to share this place of timelessness and bliss with you.”
Feriante’s musical moods range from romantic and sensual to passionate and fiery, then back again to soothing introspection. He has been described as “an impressionistic artist who paints with music.”
Born in Italy and raised between Rome and the Northwest, Feriante’s attitude is definitely European in that he believes that classical music can appeal to people of all ages and walks of life. And his diverse fan base affirms that conviction.
During his 30-year career, he has performed concerts in Europe, the Caribbean, South America and throughout the U.S. Highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall, Gates Foundation, a local chapter of United Nations and countless private performances.
There will be one performance of Feriante’s The Poet of the Guitar on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 for Film Festival members and students. All tickets include a meet-and-greet with Feriante in the lobby after the show.
Visit SedonaFilmFestival.org for tickets and performance information or call 282-1177. The Sedona International Film Festival Office and the Mary D. Fisher Theatre are at 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona.