Throughout secondary school the guitar accompanied him,... to read the guitar part in the high-school play, to play with local musicians in a jazz-rock group, to accompany the choir at the graduation ceremony...
He played with many friends and superb musicians at Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a B.A. in Applied Performance after which he turned his attention toward classical guitar.
"Spain, a country rich in history and romance, beckoned. I traveled to nearly every region of this beautiful part of the world where I studied briefly with Master JosÃ© TomÃ¡s and the late JosÃ© LuÃs Gonzalez. It was the musical mastery and passion for music of these teachers which helped me to appreciate the guitar and its roots more fully. The recording Music for Two Guitars was a result of the sojourn in Spain where Jeffrey Hacker and I performed a number of concerts in southeastern Spain."
"I was most fortunate to attend a master class series in Castres, France, that featured the late Antonio Lauro, Paco PeÃ±a, and John Williams. Many musicians and stops at performances during this time left long lasting impressions. A number of the pieces that I recorded on Easy Guitar grew out of the experiences there including the ones arranged by Anton Steuxner who I met at Castres."
"While in Spain, I attended many superb concerts and one in particular was pivotal. A performance given by the Egyptian National Orchestra in Alcoy opened my ears more fully again to world music, just as had the Ravi Shankar concert several years earlier at Berklee College of Music. Revived then was my memory of an informal performance of music of the vino by a professor of Urdu at Harvard. I had spoken to him about his performance and music as it related to literature of the region and he indicated that a knowledge of one of the languages in question would be required to carry out any meaningful investigation. It was as Gurdjieff had alluded years before that languages would be necessary for any meaningful journey... and thus, the birth of the recording Crystal Lanterns-Amber Streams. It was about this time I realized that learning foreign languages fascinated me, and something totally new began to resonate within."
Ken has given performances in the U.S., Spain, and South America. He has lived, taught and traveled in Spain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Qatar, Malaysia and the U.S.
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1. Greensleeves - traditional
2. Dove che fierri occhi? - anon.
3. Galliard - Anthony Holborne
4. Veghe belleze - anon.
5. Bianco fiore - Cesare Negri
6. Danza - anon.
7. Gagliarda - anon.
8. Se io m'accorgo - anon.
9. Saltarello - anon
10. Vals - Argentine melody
11. Trimazo - French
12. Romance - Spanish
13. Danza - Argentine
14. CanciÃ³n - Bolivian
15. Guardame las vacas - L. NarvÃ¡ez
16. Italian Dance - Hans Neusiedler
17. Kemp's Jig - anon.
18. Simple Gifts - traditional
19. Minuet in D - Robert DeVisÃ©e
20. Waltz in E minor - Carulli
21. FÃ¼r Elise - Beethoven
22. Scottish Folksong - traditional
23. Packinton's Pound - anon.
24. Rondo - Jean Philippe Rameau
25. Alman - Robert Johnson
26. Minuet in C - Fernando Sor
27. Waltz in E - Fernando Sor
28. Gavotte - Manuel Ponce
29. Prelude & BourrÃ©e - Robert DeVisÃ©e
30. Variations on a Theme by Handel - Mauro Giulliani