By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
European musician Claude Bourbon will bring his eclectic “Medieval and Spanish blues” guitar style to Tarboro, at a 7 p.m. Thursday concert at Saint Anne’s Chapel.
Bourbon’s finger picking guitar style fuses classical and jazz, with “ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk,” according to a news release on the upcoming concert. A French native, Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained in guitar for many years.
“Claude with his guitar work is just phenomenal,” said Kevin Wilson, owner of Saint Anne’s Chapel. “It is a Mediterranean or Spanish blues guitar style. It has a sound that just warms you and at the same time makes you excited.”
Thursday’s concert will showcase Bourbon’s talents in an intimate, acoustic setting.
“You’re not going to be more than 20 feet away from the artist, no matter where you are in the chapel,” Wilson said.
To Wilson, Bourbon’s finger picking guitar solos sound like multiple instruments playing at the same time because Bourbon plays multiple notes at a time with one hand, in a style that is “fast,” “artistic,” “acoustic” and “classical” all the same time. A description of Bourbon’s five-finger style of picking and strumming on his website says that the guitarist’s fingers dance with “such speed and precision” that his fingers often seem to “melt into a blur” ( HYPERLINK "http://www.claudebourbon.org" www.claudebourbon.org).
A BBC review says Bourbon’s sound “instantly creates ambience from haunting Spanish moods, to lyrical, romantic jazz. Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers,”
Touring in the United States is not uncommon for Bourbon, who plays more than 100 shows around the world. On Sept. 20, Bourbon did a concert in nearby Fountain. Earlier in the month, he toured in New York and Pennsylvania. His latest tour features music from his latest double CD “Over the Mountains.”
Bourbon’s concert is in line with Saint Anne’s Chapel’s promotion of “innate spirituality,” for the purpose of “helping people learn to reduce stress, relax and enjoy life,” said Wilson.
Another aim of the concerts at the chapel is to expose Tarboro residents to types of music they might not have previously experienced.
“We want it to be beyond what people normally hear around here, to inspire people,” Wilson said.
People are welcome to bring their own snacks and/ or beverages to the concert. Saint Anne’s Chapel is at 3767 Howard Ave.
Tickets are $15 in advance. To purchase tickets in advance, call 641-0262.