Alex de Grassi Plays Petroglyphe on August 16

Jul 16, 2015 by

Alex de Grassi Plays Petroglyphe on August 16

Grammy Nominated Finger-Style Guitarist, Alex de Grassi

Plays Petroglyphe Fine Art Concert Series on August 16

Mokelumne Hill is alive with music and art in 2015, and Petroglyphe Gallery is at its center. The acoustically pleasing Quarry Hill Studio in the gallery provides a special resonate setting for these intimate concerts. Seating is limited to just 50 guests, so reserving your tickets early is a good idea. You’ll enjoy delectable appetizers and fine wine tasting, surrounded by creative treasures. There are two inspired concerts remaining in the 2015 season. World renowned finger-style guitarist, Alex de Grassi is next up in August.




Sunday, August 16 • Doors Open at 3:30 pm

Alex de Grassi — Finger-Style Guitarist & Composer

Known for his technical wizardry and vibrant, poetic music making, Alex de Grassi is one of the most distinctive steel-string guitarists working today. Internationally acclaimed, he has toured Europe, Latin America, Japan and throughout North America. From Jazz to Bolivian Blues and Chilean Folk Music, de Grassi’s program is full and inviting.

If you close your eyes and listen to de Grassi’s layered, solo performances, you’d swear that he’s being accompanied. From an interview by Anil Prasad for Music Without Borders de Grassi stated, “I create patterns and set up rhythms like a percussionist would. Then I weave other melodic lines or chords into it. But with a guitar, you can’t continue to play all the notes in that percussion pattern, and then put other stuff on top. So, what I do is set that pattern up until in it gets locked into the mind of the listener. Then you can jump in and out for half a measure, or play one note of that rhythmic pattern so it becomes a bookmark for them. Now, you can play the other part, and they’re still hearing the rhythmic line. Sometimes, guitarists come up to me at workshops and ask ‘How can you play all of that stuff at the same time?’ And I say, ‘Go listen carefully, because I’m not.”

Alex has enjoyed 30-years of national touring with performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Montreux Jazz Festival and other fine-art venues, too numerous to mention. He has been a frequent guest teacher at the National Summer Guitar Workshop, the University of Milwaukee and the Interlochen Institute. De Grassi has given master classes at the Berklee School of Music, the Crown of Contingent and the Omega Institute. The Alex de Grassi Finger-Style Guitar Method, published in 2012, is rapidly emerging as the authoritative method for finger-style instruction.

Petroglyphe is thrilled to present this world-class performance. Newsome Harlow is the featured winery for this event. Be sure to order your tickets early!

Tickets are now available for all performances, $25 presale and $27 day of the performance if available. Doors open at 3:30 pm and concert begins at 4:00 pm. Purchase tickets at Petroglyphe, 8317 Main Street in Mokelumne Hill, or give the gallery a call at 209-286-1387. Seating is limited. For more information visit The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm; and Sunday from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm.

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