GUY VAN DUSER & BILLY NOVICK IN NEWTON APRIL 13 at 8 PM
Together as a duo for more than forty years, fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Guy Van Duser and clarinetist Billy Novick have performed in concerts, clubs and festivals all over North America and Europe. You also may have heard them as frequent guests of the Prairie Home Companion show, NPR's All Things Considered, or on one of the numerous film and television soundtracks that has featured their consummate musicianship.
This is the third concert presented by Paul Rishell & Annie Raines in collaboration with neighboring Boccabella's restaurant. A light fare menu and full bar service will be available during the concert. A full dinner menu is available next door at the restaurant. (Dinner reservations are strongly suggested as restaurant seating is limited).
The Luckart Gallery and Boccabella's are located at 438 Lexington Street in Auburndale center. There is abundant parking in the lot across the street. Wheelchair access is unfortunately limited. Admission is $22 / $18 students and seniors. For more information, visit us at www.paulandannie.com for directions, performer links, and advance tickets. For dinner reservations call (617) 928-1200.
More about Billy and Guy...
Born on Long Island, NY, in 1951, Billy Novick began playing clarinet at age eight. He picked up the sax at fifteen, and began playing club dates and concerts around the New York area. He has been featured as a sideman on over 250 recordings. As a composer, arranger or studio musician, his music has appeared in more than 100 film scores, television shows and commercials. He has composed fifteen pieces for modern dance and has created two full-length ballet scores for The Washington Ballet- The Great Gatsby and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises. In 1976, Novick was introduced to the innovative guitarist Guy Van Duser, and the two began a collaboration that continues to flourish. In 1986, Mr. Novick joined the internationally-acclaimed New Black Eagle Jazz Band, and continues to perform with them. He has appeared on more than 35 of the band's recordings.
Guy Van Duser was born in 1948, the son of a concert pianist and a food service worker. He received some instruction on piano and accordion and engaged in guitar duets with his father while coming up under the influence of his dad's collection of phonograph records and music taped off of the radio. It was through a taped broadcast that young Van Duser first heard Chet Atkins. When Van Duser eventually met his idol, he showed off a bit by perfectly replicating a complex passage from one of the Atkins' albums that had originally inspired him to become a professional musician. Legend has it that Atkins paled visibly, sat down and looked at Van Duser with mingled admiration and awe as he said "kid, [my] album was overdubbed!" Atkins was also wowed by Van Duser's solo guitar arrangement of John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," and quickly developed his own version, during which one guitar is made to sound like an entire marching band.
Van Duser and Novick originally met during the '70s while composing music for two different dance troupes, and found that their ideas, techniques, and temperaments were pleasantly contrasted and unusually compatible. Novick played pennywhistle on Van Duser's first album, Finger-Style Guitar Solos (Rounder), which includes the definitive version of "Stars and Stripes. Van Duser's second album, Stride Guitar, was recorded in 1980. The title perfectly describes his Harlem stride piano-inspired jazz guitar technique. Novick may be heard on most of Van Duser's more than ten albums and the two have spent decades touring and entertaining appreciative crowds, mainly in churches, coffee houses, and small clubs. They can be heard on the theme songs of the popular PBS shows "Antiques Roadshow" and "This Old House. In addition to his ongoing partnership with Novick, Van Duser teaches at Berklee College of Music.
"Guy...has practically invented a finger-picked guitar style, closer to jazz piano than guitarBilly Novick, on clarinet, had he lived in the 30's would be a legend."
- Boston Globe
"...a sound so full that it's hard to believe only two people hold the stage."
- Calgary Herald
"...smooth-struttin' jazz and smokey blues...a rare fusion of emotion and intellect."
- Montreal Gazette
Luckart Gallery (View)
438 Lexington Street
Auburndale (Newton), MA 02466
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|