Sunday, October 25, 2015 we had the pleasure to welcome back Andreas Kapsalis and his unique and riveting style of acoustic guitar.

Andreas performed in the Vaults and it was chilly, people wrapped in blankets, but the fiery performance warmed everyones hearts. Andreas introduced each song with a story of its background and held the audience spell bound with the depths and skill of his music.

[photos by Sue Kirsch]

Andreas began performing nationally with the Andreas Kapsalis Trio and recorded two discs featuring his compositions. He performed at Arcosanti with the Trio in February 2008 and you can see a two reports Founder of the Sundance Institute and Festival, Robert Redford, noted this was the first time in Sundance Institute history that documentary fellows and a composer fellow had an “official selection” at the Sundance Film Festival. Subsequently, he composed scores for several documentary and feature films such as “Pig Business” and “Mulberry Street” to name a few.

He also has been commissioned by Northwestern University and Notre Dame to compose music for their silent film festivals as well. Following this, Andreas performed and recorded several discs with Polish singer/contra bassist Megitza and the AKGI duo.

He has been performing internationally, solo and in various ensembles for festivals and concert series in North America, Europe and Asia, such as Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Calcutta Guitar Festival in India, the Canadian Guitar Festival and the Guitar Festival in the Phillipines.

In addition, concerts have taken place in Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. 

Most recently Andreas was invited to Armenia to participate in “Sounds of Peace” a musical exchange featuring 60 artists from 10 different countries.

Throughout his career he has also enjoyed teaching guitar for many years, first at the Kapsalis Music Shoppe, Elgin Community College, and Northwestern University Mini Courses. Being very much a self taught musician with a relatively unique playing technique and musical perspective, together with the variety of cultural experiences in the world of music, and as a traveler, Andreas continues to be inspired and eager to share the beauty of music and how it can enrich one’s life. Among his many projects, Andreas is composing and arranging pieces for a solo album.

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