Guitarist NeilJacobs will play a selection of jazz, new-age, flamenco and Gypsy-inspired
music on the difficult-to-master 12-string guitar during a Noon Tunes concert
Thursday, Nov. 7.
The concert will take place at noon
in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall and is free and open to
Jacobs has had a colorful and
unconventional musical career. From performances in refugee camps in Sarajevo
to appearances at the Kennedy Center and the Kremlin, his unique style
fascinates audiences and critics alike. His original compositions have more
than a cross-cultural appeal; they also appeal to diverse musical tastes.
In 1991, the highly respected
American Balkan music and dance ensemble Zivili commissioned Jacobs to compose
and arrange Gypsy compositions. He continued performing with the group to study
the rich musical heritage of the Southern Slavic nations.
Upon completion of his third CD,
“American Gypsy,” he toured Europe and performed with Zivili as part of
UNESCO’s Balkan Youth Reconciliation Seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
In 2001, he began teaching Balkan
and Gypsy history and music at Alfred University in New York. His critically
acclaimed fourth CD, “Secret Places,” was released in 2005.
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