Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Guitar Multiverse, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle.
It feels a bit like British guitarist Declan Zapala’s likeable afternoon recital has been mis-marketed. Rather than being blown away by his wizardry – as the Fringe guide suggests – you’re more likely to emerge charmed and entertained by what’s actually quite an introspective concert from a softly spoken, thoughtful artist. But maybe that wouldn’t sell.
There’s no doubt he’s a whizz at his instrument, slapping it about all over the place to produce a panoply of subtle percussive effects alongside his more traditional guitar figurations and harmonics. He plays an enjoyable selection of pieces – including the famous Bach C major Prelude and three of his own works dedicated to members of his family – but all tend towards the dreamy and the gently wistful, with the exception of the fiery showpiece Broken Rhapsody that ends his recital. Although it comes across as charmingly sincere, his inter-music chat could do with a bit of a polish, and I’d question how entertaining an audience finds his quite detailed criticism of some other, rather middling reviews. Still, it’s a delightful hour with a sensitive performer, and a pleasing break from the brashness of shows elsewhere.
C too (Venue 4) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 20 August 2015
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