Italy-born, California-based guitarist and composer, Peppino D'Agostino, has toured across the globe and performed with guitar legends such as Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel, Larry Carlton and Sergio Assad, to name a few comes to the Grand Annex in San Pedro for one night only. Peppino D'Agostino's audiences can expect to witness a variety of guitar techniques and a multitude of musical styles including Classical, Brazilian and Jazz. In 2017 Guitar Player listed D'Agostino as one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar. His CD, "Every Step of The Way," was awarded the Bronze Medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time by Acoustic Guitar's People's Choice Awards. His signature Seagull acoustic guitar has been voted among the ten best signature guitars by Guitar Player magazine. To date, D'Agostino has recorded 19 CD's and performed in over thirty-five countries at international festivals and concert halls.
D'Agostino emerged on the acoustic guitar scene in the early 80's as a leading member of the second wave of the great finger stylists that helped redefine the instrument in the '90s. His remarkable technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects are the basis of his unique compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for decades. Add to that his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes and you have the recipe for what he calls "minestrone music". His virtuosity and his emotional charge have also had a significant influence on the younger generation of fingerstyle guitarists. D'Agostino continues to evolve and grow in ways that would have been hard to predict when he first showcased his melodic yet emotionally intense style on the recordings "Acoustic Spirit," "Close to the Heart," and "Every Step of the Way" which was named one of the top three acoustic guitar albums of all time by Acoustic Guitar magazine readers.
D'Agostino has performed at prestigious international festivals and has played in some of the world's most important theaters. His solo recordings include high quality labels such as Favored Nations, Mesa/Bluemoon, and Acoustic Music Records. Recognized as "the guitarist's guitarist" by Acoustic Guitar magazine and described as "a giant of the acoustic guitar" by the San Diego Reader, D'Agostino was voted Best Acoustic Guitarist by readers of Guitar Player magazine. An active member of the Pacific Guitar Ensemble, Peppino has collaborated and recorded with the classical guitarist David Tanenbaum (chair of the classical guitar at the Conservatory of San Francisco), Jeff Campitelli (considered one of the 100 greatest drummers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine) and the legendary Paraguayan harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes, among many others. D'Agostino's composition "Stammi Vicino," written with electric guitarist Stef Burns and Italian rock star Vasco Rossi, reached number one in the iTunes rock charts in Italy.
Recently Peppino had his very first sold-out tour in China and a soundtrack composed for the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.
In addition to performing, D'Agostino also makes time to teach. He enjoys meeting with individual students as well as providing group instruction and vacation learning packages like the Acoustic Guitar Cruises, Creative Vacances in La Moreau, France, or teaching with legendary guitarist Martin Taylor. The leading online instruction company Truefire has released a series of videos in which D'Agostino explains his influential guitar techniques and approach to composition. Peppino, when not performing or teaching, also has fun writing musical licks for new versions of games such as Sims – a product of Electronic Arts, or Dragons of Atlantis for Kabam.
People never know what to expect at his concerts. D'Agostino's repertoire is always changing, adapting to the rapport he establishes with his audience. His live performances, a combination of beautiful, complex, up tempo original instrumentals, memorable arrangements and engaging songs are beautifully addictive. He never disappoints, opening new musical doors with his loved and award-winning Seagull signature model guitar. His hands constantly searching, experimenting, and his original music and songs taking his audiences to ever-expanding heights.
Grand Annex concert attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative 72-hour PCR or antigen test at the door. Facemasks will also be required.
WHEN: Sunday, October 10, 2021 @ 8 p.m.
Wine Tasting @ 7 p.m.
WHERE: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
- Tickets: $28; Cabaret Tables (4 seats) $132- $152; Add Pre-Concert Wine Tasting $14.75
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