Gerard Cousins returned last year for another concert in our lunchtime series. Gerard Cousins is a classically trained guitarist with a difference. Though trained with a meticulous approach to detailed interpretation and with a composer's analytical eye for structure, his performances demonstrate a sense of improvisation and clearly communicate his love of the beauty of music and the sound of the guitar.
Gerard Cousins has taken inspiration from a huge range of influences both reflecting and fusing the traditional music of his homeland (Wales) with his love of Jazz, Indian Classical music and the compositional processes of the American minimalist composers Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Terry Riley. Gerard demonstrates a new style for the nylon strung guitar, instantly likeable but not shallow, reflecting a 21st century approach to writing which bonds different worlds of music not as gimmickry but as an authentic expression of a guitarist who has toured the world geographically as well as musically and wants to take his listneners on the journey with him exploring new sonic territories." 'Acoustic' guitar magazine. Feb.2015
He has performed in many festivals and concert halls around the world, from the Purcell Room in London to Europe, South America and the Middle East. He has released 4 CDs on his own record label, each one focusing on a different area of music from the more traditional Spanish repertoire to Gerard's own transcriptions of Welsh music and compositions.
Gerard will be playing his new arrangements of music by the American composers Eric Whitacre and Philip Glass as well as his own compositions written in homage to the jazz guitarist John McLaughlin and the world’s most performed living composer in 2015 - Arvo Part. Gerard will balance the programme with a few classics of the guitar repertoire from Spain and South America.