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Gerard Cousins

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Gerard Cousins is a guitarist whose music has been featured on Sky TV, BBC Radio 6, Radio 3 & an hour long special on BBC Radio Wales.
Classical Guitarist
Reading
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A graduate of the University of Leeds and Enschede Conservatorium (Netherlands), Gerard Cousins is a classically trained guitarist with a difference. Though trained with a meticulous approach to detailed interpretation and with a composer's analytical eye for structure, his performances demonstrate a sense of improvisation and clearly communicate his love of the beauty of music and the sound of the guitar. He has performed in many festivals and concert halls around the world, from the Purcell Room in London to Europe, South America and the Middle East. He has released 4 CDs on his own record label, each one focusing on a different area of music from the more traditional Spanish repertoire to Gerard's own transcriptions of Welsh music and compositions. HIs compositions have been featured in 'Arthouse' films and are beginning to be picked up by other guitarists around the world. His latest guitar arrangements of choral works by grammy award winning composer Eric Whitacre are due to be published by Chester Music soon.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Renaissance
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Heitor Villa Lobos - Prelude No.1
Heitor Villa Lobos - Prelude No.3 Homage to Bach
Heitor Villa Lobos - Prelude No.4 Homage to the Brazilian Indian
Leo Brouwer - Danza del Altiplano
Leo Brouwer - Una Dia de Noviembre
Agustin Barrios - Julia Florida
Agustin Barrios - Vals Op.8, no.4
Philip Glass (1937-) - Metamorphosis 1*
Philip Glass - Metamorphosis 3*
Philip Glass - Opening*
Philip Glass - Truman Sleeps* (*transcribed for the guitar by Gerard Cousins)
Marco Dall’Aquila (1480-1538?) - Ricecare
Francesco Da Milano (1497–1543) - Fantasia
Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687–1750) - Sarabande
Gerard Cousins - Phantasia on ‘Ar Lan y Mor’
Gerard Cousins - Ripening Prelude & The First Beat is the Last Sound
Gerard Cousins - In the Grip (Homage to Philip Glass)
Gerard Cousins - White Cloud Blue Sky (Homage to John McLaughlin)

Reviews

From customers:

HiFI+, 5 years ago

Gerard Cousins is a rare beast, a classical player who has broken free from the bounds of his training to make new music. He is technically remarkable… His nylon strings are played with precision and verve…the beauty of the tune and the playing are all that matters.

Acoustic, 5 years ago

A rare guitar player... A master of the classical idiom and the range of techniques which it demands...Cousins has reached a rarefied point where his stunning playing is matched by his artistic vision

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