Center for the Arts Presents Acoustic Guitar Virtuoso Andy McKee
Acoustic guitar virtuoso Andy McKee will bring his unique songbook to Smothers Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 8 PM.
McKee’s acoustic guitar can approximate the polyrhythmic interplay of a percussion ensemble, the harmonic sweep of a string section, the dazzling runs of a bluegrass bass-and-banjo duo, and virtually anything else his pastoral compositions and tasteful covers require.
In December 2008, McKee was awarded Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s esteemed worldwide silver medal award for his finger style approach.
McKee is a self-taught musician who grew up studying recordings of artists as diverse as Preston Reed, Don Ross, Billy McLaughlin, Michael Hedges, Eric Johnson, and Dream Theater. He also absorbed the sophisticatedly accessible work of 1980s icons like Toto and Tears For Fears. His compositions and imaginative technique are an amalgamated conception of these disparate aesthetics. McKee writes with rich impressionistic chords that often evoke beautiful country landscapes. He arranges with a keen understanding of dynamics and how songs have to feel transporting to have emotional currency.
McKee started his professional career, like many musicians, as a guitar teacher, before his career-launching appearance at the venerated National Finger Style Guitar Championships in Winfield, Kansas. Recently, McKee
Tickets, priced starting at $20 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.