“GUITARtistry”

The fingerstyle Guitar Music of Rick Cyge

Why do I call my music “GUITARtistry” (Guitar Artistry)?

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bio

Acoustic guitarist, Rick Cyge, has been doing what he loves for 40 years – first in New England where he cut his teeth in the vibrant New England folk music scene and more recently (since 1988) in Arizona performing with his wife and partner, flutist Lynn Trombetta as the group ‘Meadowlark’. Cyge performs on acoustic steel string guitar as well as nylon string guitar and mandolin. Over the years he has blended influences as diverse as contemporary folk and pop, Celtic, Country Blues, New Age and World Music into a signature sound that is uniquely his own. Many of his own compositions are fingerstyle pieces in various open tunings.

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All performances are Rick Cyge’s ‘GUITARtistry” (solo instrumental guitar) unless otherwise noted. Mouse over the listing on the monthly calendar view and click on the venue name in the pop-up box to get more details. See you...

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cds & audio

Rick's debut solo CD!

NEW RELEASE!
GUITARtistry 2: The fingerstyle guitar music of Rick Cyge   
reg $20.00

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teaching

  I’ve been teaching acoustic fingerstyle guitar for over 40 years! I especially enjoy helping developing guitarists find their own “voice” on the guitar and develop techniques to create their own arrangements of songs and pieces of music as solo fingerstyle guitar pieces. We will explore open tunings, especially “DADGAD”, travis picking styles, and various other tools and techniques for creating your arrangements. For me, teaching at this level is as much about mentoring my students and guiding them on their own journey of exploration and discovery and making sure they are having a good time in that process! If you’d like to study with me, you can arrange lessons either in your home (if you live in the Sedona area) or online through Skype or other video calling services by clicking here!   Or… click on the logo -> GUITARtistry – Inspiring Guitar Lessons! GUITARtistry – Inspiring Guitar Lessons! GUITARtistry – Inspiring Guitar Lessons! Trusted and Verified Questions? Comments? Requests? Get in touch. Contact Now Brought to you...

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Get Your Tickets: Meadowlark Concert Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Sedona!

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in gig news!


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There is a new dinner and music concert series cooking in west Sedona this season! On Saturday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. the second concert in this exciting new series will feature the nature-inspired music of Meadowlark at Greg Lawson Galleries in West Sedona.  Meadowlark features fingerstyle guitarist, Rick Cyge and Lynn Trombetta performing on flute and Irish whistles.

“We have put together a perfect Sedona evening out for each night of the new monthly concert series which offers a memorable evening of dining, live music and stunning photographic art,” producer/guitarist Rick Cyge said. “This new music series is collaboration with two of West Sedona’s finest restaurants, Golden Goose American Grill and Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen, and the treasure that is Greg Lawson Galleries. All are within a short walk or drive of one another. By purchasing concert tickets in advance, concert-goers will receive discount coupons for use for dinner the night of the show.”

Listen to samples of Meadowlark’s music here.  You can watch videos of their live performance here.  Meadowlark CD, regularly priced at $20, will be just $15 at the performance that night only!

“Meadowlark’s captivating, organic music is as distinctive in sound as it is diverse in scope as the skillful combination of a single guitar and solo flute creates music that is both intimate and grand that floats gently, following the land and dances like a butterfly in the breeze,” a reviewer said.

Greg Lawson Galleries features Lawson’s exquisite nature and wildlife photography created from travels to every corner of the world. Cyge comments, “The photography is an overwhelming feast for the eyes, and our original music compositions capture the essence of beautiful, natural places we have traveled. We are excited to be showcasing Meadowlark in this inspiring setting that is such a perfect match for our music.”

This intriguing husband and wife duo began their musical journey together in 1993, playing Celtic music in a small café in a beautiful pecan orchard, and soon evolved into creating their own music inspired by the natural settings to which they were drawn. Choosing the name “Meadowlark,” they soon gained audiences for their performances of instrumental compositions inspired by the desert southwest region, including “Creek Spirit”, written about Trombetta’s experience in the canyons of Sedona, where she spent her childhood summers, playing her flute from high and allowing the sounds to waft down through Oak Creek.

Cyge’s original compositions show his range and deep musicality as both a composer and guitarist. The harp-like sound of his fingerstyle guitar technique intertwines with the pure, melodic tones of Trombetta’s flutes and Irish whistles as Meadowlark’s performance slips effortlessly from melodic tapestries to crisp and exciting up-tempo offerings that catch the ear and command attention.

Being in tune with nature is no cliché for these two thought provoking instrumentalists, and the evening promises to be a memorable musical and visual experience.

Greg Lawson said, “It is Nature which serves us so well, and I want my work to convey that power. The presence of Nature is unbelievable, unimaginable! For me it ‘does it’ for all of us if we let it. When people can allow someone else’s artwork to take them there, to let them soar, to let them fly, it’s a beautiful experience.”

Dinner reservations strongly suggested allowing time for both dining and the concert during the evening. The Golden Goose American Grill is located in west Sedona at 2545 W. Hwy 89A. For dinner reservations please call, (928) 282-1447. Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen is nearby at 2675 W. State Route 89A, (928) 862-4009.

Ticket price is $15.00 each or two for $25.00, available at www.MeadowlarkMusic.com; by calling (480) 481-9647; and during business hours at Greg Lawson Galleries, 2679 AZ-89A, Sedona, (928) 202-0340. Meadowlark’s CDs will be for sale at a discounted price for the performance.

Seating for the concert is limited so don’t wait – purchase your tickets today!

Greg Lawson Galleries2679 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 

(928) 202-0340

Golden Goose American Grill,  2545 AZ-89A C, Sedona, AZ 86336

(928) 282-1447

Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen2675 W State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

(928) 862-4009

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Get Your Tickets: CD Release Concert Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 in Sedona!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in gig news!, the music

OOPS! If you scanned a QR code on a flyer about the March 25th Meadowlark Concert at Greg Lawson Galleries, click here!

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Join me for my CD Release Concert on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at Greg Lawson Galleries in West Sedona!  We have put together a perfect evening out:

It is our intent to create a new concert series which offers a memorable evening of dining, live music and stunning art by collaborating with two of West Sedona’s finest restaurants, Golden Goose American Grill and Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen and the treasure that is Greg Lawson Galleries. All are within a short walk or drive of one another: Gerardo’s is right next door to the gallery, Golden Goose is literally around the corner!

The gallery where I will be performing my CD Release Concert is an overwhelming feast for the eyes featuring Mr. Lawson’s exquisite nature and wildlife photography from every corner of the globe.  I’m excited to be showcasing the new album in this inspiring setting… and there will be a special guest cameo flute and guitar performance by Meadowlark during the evening!  The gallery will remain open for a while after the concert so guests can explore and enjoy Greg Lawson’s work and meet the artist!

“GUITARtistry 2,” the new solo fingerstyle guitar CD, is a follow up to my debut CD as a solo guitarist, ‘GUITARtistry.”  It features a sampling of my favorite songs and melodies from the Baby Boomer era (1950’s-80’s).  See the track list and listen to samples here.  The CD, regularly priced at $20, will be just $10 at the performance that night only!

By purchasing your tickets in advance for the concert, you will receive a 20% Off coupon for dinner the night of the show at Golden Goose American Grill AND a 15% Off coupon for dinner that night at Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen.  You choose which of these exceptional dining establishments to visit for dinner!  Tickets are $15 each / 2 for $25.  Simply purchase your ticket(s) online by clicking the link below and your ticket(s) and coupons will be emailed to you.  (You MUST include your email address in the comment box when you order).  You may also purchase your tickets at Greg Lawson Galleries and receive your tickets and coupons there at the time of purchase.

Seating for the concert is limited so don’t wait – purchase your tickets today!

Dinner reservations are strongly suggested to allow time for both dining and the concert during the evening.

I can’t wait to see you there!

Rick

Greg Lawson Galleries2679 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 

(928) 202-0340

Golden Goose American Grill,  2545 AZ-89A C, Sedona, AZ 86336

(928) 282-1447

Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen2675 W State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

(928) 862-4009

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FREE mp3 from Rick Cyge’s new release, “GUITARtistry 2”!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in the music

GUITARtistry 2 cover art

This is a sample of one of my favorite arrangements on the new recording. As with any Steely Dan song, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” is a complex piece with so many layers and such intricate harmonic structure. I enjoyed the challenge of arranging it for fingerstyle guitar. I was able to combine the vocals (some, not all of the harmonies), the guitar riffs and harmonic changes onto a single fretboard with the obvious exception of the solo guitar break in the middle. I did overdub the solo. The rhythm section tracks of bass and drum kit with brushes is meant to give the basic feel of the original but with a more subtle feel to keep out of the way of the guitar.

To hear more samples form GUITARtistry 2, click here.

If you’d like an mp3 of the whole track, email your email address with the phrase “Free Rikki download” in the body of the email to GUITARtistry@rickcyge.com, and I’ll send you a free mp3! I’d love your feedback on the tune!

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