By Patrice Shields
Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects Terra Guitarra and Patchouli for one performance at the Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (CPABS) Friday, April 22, 8:00pm. Patchouli and Terra Guitarra perform fiery Spanish guitar pieces with gorgeous vocal harmonies that take the art of guitars to another dimension with their animated multi-media concert experience.
Patchouli and Terra Guitarra is master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter, guitarist Julie Patchouli. Guitarist Bruce Hecksel is also a prolific painter with exhibitions around the country of his own style “Terra Guitarra Art,”featuring landscapes created out of guitar shapes. The performance includes Hecksel’s art projected as a colorful backdrop of lush vibrant paintings that flows through the concert. Hecksel’s animated art is shown in three-dimensional moving scenes, with guitar birds flying through guitar shaped mountains and over guitar shaped rivers, cities and oceans. The paintings come alive and merge with the music as the duo perform their unique exciting blend of fiery Spanish guitar pieces and lyrical songs floating with gorgeous vocal harmonies.
Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) calls Terra Guitarra “one of the top neuvo-flamenco groups in the world,” with a number one and two top five internationally charting albums and multiple Album of the Year nominations. Patchouli is a folk festival headliner and Public Radio favorite with pure, haunting lead vocals and beautiful harmonies. Their soulful fusion of blazing Spanish and world guitar instrumentals, spine tingling vocal harmonies, and epic folk rock anthems are infused with a visible onstage chemistry.
The duo’s instrumental guitar project Terra Guitarra – “Dragonfly” debuted at #4 on the ZMR World Music Radio Charts and was Nominated ZMR Best Instrumental Acoustic Album of the Year 2013. Their 6th instrumental album “Firelight” is nominated ZMR Best Instrumental Acoustic Album of the Year 2015 was #5 on the ZMR Charts and #1 on the OneWorldMusicUK charts. The Awards ceremony is May 7th in New Orleans at the Joy Theatre where the duo is honored to perform for the Awards show.
Patchouli & Terra Guitarra represents the very top echelon of today’s acoustic performers, bringing the highest level of skill together with the passion, experience and joy that are a rare combination indeed. Their folk artistry is not to be missed.
Tickets for “Patchouli & Terra Guitarra: The Landscape of Guitar,” are $15 for members of the Centers for the Arts, $20 for non-members and at the door for all. Tickets for “Patchouli & Terra Guitarra: The Landscape of Guitar” can be purchased on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.
Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first before time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance including “Patchouli & Terra Guitarra.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. This offer is valid through May 31, 2016.
The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “The BonArts Chamber Music Series: Russian/Bohemian Music Salon,” April 27, 7:00pm, “Meet the Composers: Beethoven the Bold,” May 1, 3:00pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.
IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Patchouli & Terra Guitarra: The Landscape of Guitar
WHEN: Friday, April 22, 2016; 8:00pm
WHERE: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
COST: Tickets: $15 members, $20 non-members and at the door for all