Multi-instrumentalist and composer Greg Herriges of Minneapolis will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Northern Pacific Park in Staples, as part of the Music in the Park Series.
Herriges plays an eclectic mix of original and traditional world music on guitar, voice and bouzouki (Greek lute), with an innovative approach honed by his studies of Asian and other international styles. A virtuoso performer and award-winning composer, his music and writing have found international recognition and acclaim. Herriges "whirls" the traditions of East and West, spinning new webs out of everything from Indian ragas and Turkish folk to Japanese koto tunes and surf-jazz. Wild Fruit Folk Music describes Herriges as "a 'musician's musician's musician'...outrageously talented."
With a background in progressive rock and finger style guitar, Herriges studied ethnomusicology, traditional world music, focusing on Indian, Indonesian and East Asian classical traditions. Having worked with some of the Midwest's greatest exponents of Chinese, Javanese and Hindustani music, he is equally at home playing with cross-cultural ensembles or "letting one guitar play him." He also composes and directs music for theater and film and writes instructional music books for Hal Leonard Publishing.
According to a review in Folkworld, Herriges is "...a gifted musician who is able to bring the best sounds from several cultures into one type of intriguing music;" and the Minneapolis Star Tribune said, "Guitar renegade...Herriges always comes off as native maestro, never slumming dilettante. His technique on both guitar and bouzouki is formidable, his feel for diverse cultures exemplary."
Herriges is a recipient of an Archibald Bush Artist Fellowship for Music Composition, as well as grants from the McKnight Foundation and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. He has created film music for independent documentary films and his music is featured regularly on Twin Cities Public Television's MN Original and Capture Minnesota programs.
For more information on the Music in the Park series check out www.staplesmotleyart.org.
In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to Centennial Auditorium.
The Music in the Park Series is funded by the Staples Host Lions Club. The series is organized by the Staples Motley Area Arts Council, with the assistance of the Staples Motley Public Schools and the City of Staples.