A native of Italy, Peppino D’Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America 33 years ago. On Friday, Sept. 14 he returns to the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor for a 7:30 p.m. concert.
“Once again Peppino’s music and stories from the stage captivated our audience and his music continues to resonate inside this old Opera House weeks later,” said Cathy Sherrill, Opera House executive director. “It’s always an honor to have a musician of Peppino’s talent in the house, but the way he engages the audience makes him unforgettable. We look forward to his return.”
In 2017 Guitar Player magazine listed him as one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar. The CD “Every Step of The Way” was awarded by Acoustic Guitar’s People’s Choice Awards with a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time.
In addition to performing, D’Agostino also makes time to teach - guitar workshops, master classes and seminars worldwide. He enjoys meeting with individual students as well as providing group instruction and vacation learning packages like the Acoustic Guitar Cruises, Creative Vacances in La Moreau, France, or teaching with legendary guitarist Martin Taylor. The leading online instruction company Truefire has released a series of videos in which D’Agostino explains his influential guitar techniques and approach to composition. Peppino, when not performing or teaching, also has fun writing musical licks for new versions of games such as Sims - a product of Electronic Arts, or Dragons of Atlantis for Kabam.
Peppino likes to compare his musical approach to the culinary art of his native Italy: “If you want to prepare a good, succulent dish you have to know how to mix the various ingredients and, most important, have knowledge of the right amounts. Similarly, in musical composition you must be able to properly combine melody, harmony, rhythm and percussive effects with discretion and elegance.”
To date Peppino has recorded 18 CDs, performed in over 33 countries at international festivals and concert halls.
He has shared the stage with such greats as Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Roland Dyens, David Tanenbaum, and many more. D’Agostino’s latest solo CD “Penumbra” was released by Mesa Blue Moon Recordings.
For more information on this gifted guitarist, visit www.peppinodagostino.com
Tickets: Purchase advance tickets, $20, at the box office at 86 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor or call 633 - 5159. Tickets purchased online at www.boothbayoperahouse.com or on the day of the concert are $25.