Born: Huntsville, AL

Classical Guitar AL State Council on the Arts

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


phil weaverClassical guitarist Phil Weaver has been performing for over 30 years, in the United States and abroad. He grew up in Pensacola, Florida where he worked as a deckhand on several shrimp boats in the area. He had his first lessons in classical guitar with the late Charlie Higgins when he started college. He was the first guitarist to be awarded an individual artist's fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and is one of the few classical musicians on the Music Achievers roster at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He performed his European debut with solo concerts for the Nonsuch Guitar Society in London and the Old Malthouse Music Society in Sawbridgeworth. In addition to solo work he has performed concertos with orchestra and smaller ensembles including instrumentalists and vocalists. His collaborations with pianist Ingrid von Spakovsky include a CD on ACA Digital that received rave reviews in Fanfare and 20th Century Guitar magazines, interviews on BBC York and Temple Public Radio, a tour of England, a New York City recital debut, and performances throughout the U.S. including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Hofstra University's prestigious International Concert Series. Their CD Consonare has been broadcast on New York City's NPR affiliate WNYC, WABE Atlanta, and WLRH Huntsville.

With the goal of making classical music accessible to an ever-widening audience, Phil has created a series of cabaret-style concerts in collaboration with a variety of artists from dancers to visual artists to fellow musicians steeped in different musical genres. These concerts pack the house at Huntsville’s Flying Monkey Arts Center. The Alabama Film Co-op produced a DVD of one of these concerts, a concert performed with critically acclaimed blues guitarist Microwave Dave Gallaher. Recently Phil Weaver and Microwave Dave have performed the Classical-Blues Cabaret at the W.C. Handy Festival, Gorham's Bluff Institute, and at Birmingham City Stages. Their recent concert at Decatur's historic Princess Theatre was so successful they were booked for the next season before they left the building.

Phil Weaver is the founder and artistic director of the City Lights and Stars Series for Burritt Museum in Huntsville, an extremely popular outdoor concert series that presents nationally and regionally renowned artists. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he directs the guitar program.

Collaborations:

Classical-Blues Cabaret The Classical-Blues Cabaret (CBC) began June 17, 2004 as an experimental collaboration between blues guitarist Microwave Dave Gallaher and classical guitarist Phil Weaver in the form of a cabaret performance at Huntsville's Flying Monkey Arts Center. Neither Dave nor Phil knew what would happen, but at the end of the show to a standing-room only crowd, the audience was on its feet wanting more and some were dancing to the side of the stage. Since then there have been many more packed shows at the Flying Monkey and a promotional live concert DVD by the Alabama Film Co-op. Pianist Ingrid von Spakovsky has been a full member of the group for several seasons now. CBC's performance at Decatur's historic Princess Theatre was so well received they were booked for the next season before they left the building. Their annual concert at City Lights and stars draws a huge crowd, and this summer will be their fourth appearance at the W.C. Handy Festival. They have also performed at Birmingham City Stages and the Gorham's Bluff Institute.

Consonare phil weaverConsonare, (from the Italian “sounding as one”) combines the wide dynamic range and versatility of the piano with the lyricism and tonal variety of the guitar for a new dimension in chamber music. Consisting of Phil Weaver, guitar, and Ingrid von Spakovsky, piano, this husband and wife team has been delighting audiences throughout the country and abroad with their unique sound.

Their recording on ACA digital received rave reviews in Fanfare and 20th Century Guitar magazines and has been broadcast on WNYC (New York City Public Radio), WABE Atlanta, Temple Public Radio Philadelphia, and WLRH Huntsville.

Consonare has performed on Hofstra University's International Artists Series, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the North River Concert Series in New York City, the York Arts Centre and Nonsuch Guitar Society in England, and Vanderbilt University in Nashville. They also performed a five state tour for Allied Concert Services in the Midwest. Consonare is the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where they are on the music faculty.

Source: Official website

Photo credit: http://thewhiterabbitstudios.com/


Website: http://philweaverguitar.com

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/philweaverclgtr?feature=watch


More info:

Video: Danza - Phil Weaver http://youtu.be/cqigxP7KmPc

Video: pastorale by bryan kelly http://youtu.be/v8Z4f4ZM7E8


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iTunes: Phillip Weaver / Ingrid Von Spakovsky

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