World class guitarist plays works of Paraguay composer at Plungar Village Hall

Guitarist Richard Durrant.
Guitarist Richard Durrant.

One man’s deeply personal musical journey takes centre-stage in Plungar this month.

World-class concert guitarist Richard Durrant showcases the works of revered Paraguayan composer Agustín Barrios Mangoré at Plungar Village Hall on Thursday, April 18. at 7.30pm

The Number 26 Bus to Paraguay show is highly autographical, telling the heart-warming tale of how a young boy who took the number 26 bus to his first guitar lesson in Brighton ended up in Paraguay as an honoured guest.

Durrant, in his trademark easy-going style, will share with his audience the inspiration he found in the music of Barrios and demonstrate just how far one man can expand the expressive range of the guitar – light years from what one might expect a classical guitar recital to be.

The Sussex-based musician first visited Paraguay in May, 2011, and during this successful concert tour he launched the first album – The Number 26 Bus to Paraguay – in a South American trilogy.

This album was the first collection of Barrios’s guitar works to be launched in Paraguay by a foreign artist, an exotic case of “carrying coals to Newcastle”.

The awards and accolades followed, and Durrant returned to Paraguay a year later to launch the second album – Hijo de Hombre – in the series. He also gave the Paraguayan première of the Villa-Lobos guitar concerto under the baton of maestro Luis Szarán.

The great South American adventure continues this year, with Durrant due to return to Paraguay later this year to launch the third album in his trilogy.

Described by Guitarist Magazine as “one of the world’s most accomplished and experimental players”, Durrant refuses to be pigeon-holed as a purely classical guitarist and is forever pushing the boundaries of his art.

Accompanied by cutting-edge visual effects by Mark Charlton, he has now abandoned what he calls the “navel-gazing confines” of the guitar stool to play some of the world’s most demanding pieces of music standing up.

Tickets for the Plungar concert are available from the box office on 01949 860257. For further details go to www.centrestagetouring.org.uk

Durrant is also on Facebook or at http://www.richard-durrant.com