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Bruce Mathiske guitar artistry at its best


Two of Newcastle’s finest musicians, Bruce Mathiske and Adam Manning, will join forces for a one-night only showcase at Lizotte’s this weekend.

The special performance fuses music and “live” art, which is created on stage during the concert – on Saturday 8 May – and then given away at the end of the evening.

Being the solitary virtuoso guitar/didgeridoo player on the planet, Mathiske is world-acclaimed for making his lone guitar sound like three while Manning is a renowned percussionist, artist and educator with Kamilaroi family heritage influencing his indigenous art.

The pair will take the audience on the musical and visual journey on your life.

“We were enthralled, we were all his,” an Edinburgh Festival review stated.

Incorporating influences from the likes of JS Bach, The Rolling Stones, original pieces and well-known classics, the notes explode from both hands leaving you to wonder if there is another Mathiske in the wings.

This is a musical feast combining fiery fretwork, tender melodies and exciting rhythms from the only virtuoso guitar/didgeridoo player in the world, whose acclaimed and distinctive style has captivated audiences and led to standing ovations worldwide.

“He displays technical brilliance and mastery of genres… Mathiske is the finest all-round guitarist this country has produced,” The Australian’s Tony Hillier said.

The “Guitar Artistry” concert experience is a feast as rich and diverse as Australia itself.

Mathiske’s music also embraces multicultural flavours and indigenous influences, which are woven together with rhythmic authenticity and a sound that is uniquely his and uniquely Australian.

It all blends beautifully with the colours and tones of Manning, who’ll draw on the inspiration of his indigenous heritage, by creating a painting on stage, which will evolve over the evening.

His art focuses on combining both traditional and modern patterns. 

And, Manning’s artworks are located in government buildings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart.

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