World acclaimed guitar virtuoso and composer Bruce Mathiske is back with a new album and Australian tour booked. Mathiske, one of this country’s most adventurous, creative and dazzlingly skilled guitarists, has been off the road since 2013.
Taking a well-deserved break from the sometimes creatively stifling album release and tour cycle, Bruce has instead been concentrating on composing on a larger scale for other instruments and orchestras – whilst on the personal front, facing the shock of his wife’s cancer diagnosis and supporting her throughout her treatment.
But 2018 finds Mathiske back and eagerly looking forward to playing in front of live audiences again with a new, and quite different release ready to share. And Bruce’s wife? She’s doing just great.
Bruce’s new 12 track offering Six String Anthology (out April 6 through MGM) is unmistakably Mathiske – with melodic and vibrant sounds centering around original compositions – this time in the key of each string of the guitar.
The idea for the album came about via a chance meeting with the legendary conductor and music educator Richard Gill AO – who after hearing one of Bruce’s solo guitar pieces was the one to suggest the initial concept. At first the idea didn’t resonate with Bruce, but somehow, some 12 months later, he found himself with a collection of compositions that saw Richard’s suggestion come to fruition.
Bruce says of Six String Anthology “When I play these pieces it is truly me and I have never felt so at one with myself, my guitar and my music.” With Mathiske refreshed, inspired and eagerly anticipating a return to the live stage, his upcoming tour dates are not to be missed. See below for full information. Six String Anthology will be released on Friday April 6 through MGM.
BRUCE MATHISKE TOUR DATES
Sat 28 April Sat 12 May Fri 25 May Sat 26 May Sat 16 June Thu 21 June Sun 23 June Fri 29 June
TICKETS AVAILABLE SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Chapel off Chapel
Tuggernong Arts Centre
The Music Lounge @ Town Hall Zenith Lounge
Laycock St Theatre
Christ Church Cathedral Conservatorium of Music
Prahran, Melbourne VIC Greenway, Canberra ACT Milton NSW Wollongong NSW Chatswood, Sydney NSW Gosford NSW Newcastle NSW Young NSW