The Four Seasons Intercontinental Hotel, Mayfair, London

Guitarist Mayfair LondonInside The Four Seasons in Mayfair, London

 

 

 

 

 

This Saturday I played at The Four Seasons Intercontinental Hotel in Mayfair, London.

I last played here at a wedding before the huge refurbishment was carried out (the hotel closed for two years) and thought the hotel looked great. It still has that air of elegance when you walk in and everything is pristine. I’m also impressed how they have maintained the more traditional and classical features while implementing the modern updates around them.

This function also included other entertainers such as a husband/wife team who are contortionists who have a very slick contemporary routine perfected. They are both ex Cirque Du Soleil artists and their 25 minute routine left the guests stunned. Something very different for a party!

There was also a specialist Jewish band flown in from Israel. This band seem to make a living playing weddings all over the world as they play all the traditional Jewish music expected at bar mitzvahs and weddings but then convert themselves into one of the best function bands I have heard, performing songs from all the great pop artists such as Elton John, Lionel Ritchie, The Bee Gees etc. They convinced me to join them on stage for two songs during their second set: Bamboleo by The Gipsy Kings and Guantanamera by José Feliciano. This was great fun.

I had three specific requests during my solo set: Your Song by Elton John, Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton and Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel.

 

Function Musician

Brazilian and Latin American Music at Tythe Barn

Brazilian and Latin American MusicArgentinean Music

On Saturday I played for a wedding at Tythe Barn – a beautiful grade II listed 16th century barn in Hampshire.

This was with a new guitar duo which I have started with the excellent guitarist Jonathan Preiss. We play from the Latin-American repertoire (Brazilian sambas, Argentinean boleros and Cuban dances) and throw in some jazz and popular music too. Here is a sound clip:

Brasileirinho – Brazilian Music for Two Guitars

 

I hope to be doing a lot more work with this duo as we have a great repertoire with some fun pieces and it is a pleasure to play with such a talented guitarist. I’ll get a page up on the site soon dedicated to the duo’s music.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Jon Malyn, an excellent photographer (who took the photos at the top of the page). If you are looking for a photographer for your wedding I can highly recommend Jon. His website is www.indigoperspective.com.

Brazilian and Latin American Music