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Acclaimed guitarist chooses Varsity Center for routing gig

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Date(s) - 08/05/2017
6:45 pm

The Varsity Center


Acclaimed guitarist chooses Varsity Center for routing gig

Guitarist Andreas Kapsalis is also a composer and has written music for feature films and documentaries. He is playing the Balcony Stage on Saturday, Aug. 5.

CARBONDALE – Chicago-born acoustic guitarist and film composer Andreas Kapsalis will be featured in a concert on the Balcony Stage at The Varsity Center on Saturday, Aug. 5. Andreas’ performances include a unique 10-finger playing style, which has brought him before audiences around the world.

When Andreas cut a tendon in his left hand, he lost the ability to play guitar as he had before. He eventually regained the use of his hand, but during his recovery, he trained himself to play using only his right hand. That evolved into what he calls the 10-finger tapping style, using both hands on the fret board, much like a pianist on a keyboard.

After hearing Andreas’ arrangement and performance of his “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” American jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck said, “I am very impressed that Andreas could cover on guitar what I had written for piano. It is quite amazing to hear my own music performed by a great instrumentalist.”

Andreas has been performing solo and in ensembles in North America, Europe and Asia, including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Calcutta Guitar Festival in India. Most recently, he was the only artist from the U.S. to perform at the 2016 Rudolstadt Festival in Germany. He is currently on an international CD release tour promoting his second solo LP, “Live at the Old Town School of Folk Music.”

Andreas’ music has been described as “weaving an imaginative and rich musical tapestry of world, folk, rock, blues and modern sounds.” Check it out at

The performance at The Varsity will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. Doors and the bar open at 6:45. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance purchase is available at

The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. For more information, go to