“Rick Picks The Beatles” @ Mary Fisher Theatre!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in gig news!

“Rick Picks The Beatles” @ Mary Fisher Theatre!

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Fingerstyle guitar master, Rick Cyge shares your favorites from The Beatles at Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, August 20, 2018.  Cyge will perform all the subtle harmonies and intricate counterpoint of the brilliant music of The Beatles instrumentally on acoustic guitar.  The evening promises an uplifting and nostalgic journey into shared musical memories of the past! The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are on sale now.

Patrick Schweiss, the Film Festival’s Executive Director commented, “Cyge’s concert, ‘Rick Picks The Beatles’ fits in nicely with Sedona’s summer fare as Sedona International Film Festival is the official host of the “Deconstructing the Beatles” documentary film series, joining hundreds of theaters around the country for a special four-part event that continues with the final in the series in September at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.”

Respected and admired by peers and fans for his playing finesse and prowess, Cyge is also known as a composer and arranger for his subtle and intricate approach to coaxing what often sounds like more than one guitar out of his instrument. Cyge added, “For this special concert, I invite you to experience the ‘Fab Four’ performed on one guitar!”

With a Beatles repertoire of more than sixty of their songs, Cyge comments, “The hardest part of putting this concert set together is deciding which gems to include! Re-experience The Beatles’ vast and varied music from the early hit, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, to their later gems including ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’!”

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​Cyge’s love affair with the acoustic guitar began about fifty years ago when, barely old enough to handle a guitar, he first heard the likes of ‘Peter, Paul & Mary’ and the ‘Kingston Trio’.  That was enough to get his attention and fire his imagination.  “When I first heard The Beatles, I was barely 13 and my world was forever changed.  I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do!’”

​Cyge has established himself in Sedona as a popular and respected instrumental fingerstyle guitarist with a large variety of Baby Boomer classic songs uniquely arranged for solo guitar.  Although his focus over the past twenty-five years has been instrumental music, both as a soloist and in his guitar/flute duo with his wife, Lynn Trombetta as Meadowlark, his roots run deep in folk and acoustic music from his days in the vibrant Boston music scene of the 1980s.

​Cyge has thirteen CDs to his credit, many with his wife in the duo, ‘Meadowlark,’ and numerous projects as a sideman in the studio for various artists. In the last few years, Cyge has recorded and released two self-produced solo fingerstyle guitar CDs, “GUITARtistry” and “GUITARtistry 2” featuring his guitar artistry through his arrangements of what he refers to as “Baby Boomer Classics” with a few original compositions included. Cyge’s latest recording project is an entire CD of his own arrangements of the songs of The Beatles.  “I’ve been very excited about this project as I devoted my undivided attention to polishing and refining my versions of many of my favorite Beatles songs.  I feel like a kid in a candy store; so much extraordinary music to choose from, so little space on a CD!”

This concert will be a glimpse into that adventure! His CDs will be available at the event.  Visit www.rickcyge.com for additional information.

“Rick Picks The Beatles” will be performed at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 928-282-1177 or online at the link below. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

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Returning to New England to perform a special concert!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2018 in gig news!

Returning to New England to perform a special concert!

Rick Cyge in Concert!

Saturday, April 28th at 6pm

First Parish UU in Bridgwater, MA

This is an exciting event for me!  I am returning to New England for the first time in many years and my good friend, David Wilson is producing my concert – the first performance I’ve done in the Boston area in over 12 years!  It will also serve as a sort of reunion for all my “family of friends” from the Wood & Strings era of the 80s.

During that magical time, I opened and ran the Wood & Strings Music Center which was a folk music school, guitar and music shop and concert venue.  Through Wood & Strings, I made so many wonderful friends and got to meet, produce concerts for and occasionally perform with many of the region’s finest talent.  I had an amazing staff of teachers and employees, without whom, I would never been able to pull off the ambitious project of W&S.  I sold W&S in 1988 and moved to Arizona, eventually settling in Sedona – a beautiful place where I am now blessed to live.

In the past 30 years, I’ve performed as part of a duo/ensemble, Meadowlark, with my lovely wife, flautist Lynn Trombetta and as a solo instrumental fingerstyle guitarist.  I have very occasionally performed as a singer/guitarist.  In this nostalgic concert, I will be sharing my fingerstyle guitar music but also mixing in some of my old favorite songs from the W&S era and beyond.

This event, as mentioned above will be more than a concert.  My performance will be followed by a Song Circle in the tradition of “The Music Loft” I hosted on Thursday evenings above the shop.  The song Circle will be unamplified and all participants will share music with the group.  I expect many friends from the Wood & Strings days to participate (hint!).  This part of the evening is open to all to perform but interested musicians must sign up at the beginning of the evening on a first come, first serve basis.  Audience members who attend the concert are invited to stay and enjoy listening to the participants of the Song Circle.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

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