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The Center for the Arts Presents Tommy Emmanuel with Martin Taylor

Two-time Grammy nominated guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will bring his passionate and infectious live show to Smothers Theatre in Malibu for performances at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan 22.  

Emmanuel will be joined by world-renowned British guitarist Martin Taylor, with whom he recorded and released the ARIA-nominated album The Colonel & The Governor, a jazz-inspired duet album that recreates classics from masters such as Django Reinhardt and Eddie Lang.

The two Pepperdine performances are part of a 23-city US tour, which kicks off on January 17 in San Francisco and wraps up on February 28 in Orlando, with a special performance at Folsom State Prison on January 20.

Recently Emmanuel self-released his highly anticipated live CD/DVD combo, titled Tommy Emmanuel CGP: Live and Solo in Pensacola, Florida. Recorded in early 2013, it includes old and new favorites, exhibiting his amazing showmanship and musical talent as he performs before a packed house at the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio.

Emmanuel is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a Certified Guitar Player (CGP), an Order of Australia Medalist (AM), and the holder of both an honorary master's degree (MA) and, more recently, an honorary Doctor of Arts (DR) from Charles Sturt University in Australia in recognition of his commitment to rural Australia and his contribution to music education.

Taylor, a multi-award-winning guitarist, dazzles audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, and a strong stage presence, while his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world's foremost exponent of solo finger-style guitar playing. Taylor has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists everywhere.

Collaborations with artists including Jeff Beck, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Diane Schuur, and Gary Burton have seen Taylor garner two honorary doctorates, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Top 10 albums in both the US and Europe, a record 14 British Jazz Awards, and in 2002 he was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) "for Services to Jazz Music" by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

Tickets for the Pepperdine performances, priced at $25, $40, and $45 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522 or on the Center for the Arts website

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