Tommy Emmanuel
17 April 2014, Thursday
Who says there are no miracles? If anyone has managed to work out the secret of Tommy Emmanuel's concerts, they should let the man himself in on the secret. All Tommy knows is that he has always lived under the spell of music - and of sharing it with others. Born in Australia in 1955, Emmanuel received his first guitar from his father at the age of four. After learning the basic techniques from his mother, he became a fully fledged member of the family Emmanuel Quartet, setting off to tour the country in a camper van. During that time, little Tommy attended school only rarely - and also rarely felt his stomach full. However, when his father passed away unexpectedly, the family was forced to settle in Sydney. Tommy worked there with numerous groups from the 1970s onwards, the best-known including Air Supply and Men at Work, as well as Dragon, to which he made a significant contribution on the platinum album Dreams of Ordinary Men. The true "wonder” of Tommy Emmanuel, however, would only emerge later as a solo artist. Emmanuel has always distanced himself from what (for him) is the drab world of sheet music and schools. The greatest influence on his style was Nashville's Chet Atkins, whose finger-picking style he adopted in playing bass lines with his thumb and melodies with the first two or three fingers. In the 1980s he sought out the master, who subsequently took him under his wing for the rest of his life, as can be clearly discerned in both his technique and stylistic richness. In 1997, four years before Atkins's death, the two guitarists released a joint Grammy-nominated album under the title The Day Finger Pickers Took over the World. Although Tommy suffered heart trouble in 2007, happily he remains in good health.
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Programajánló

  • Bea Palya, Michal Elia Kamal and the Light in Babylon


    Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Rebekka Bakken & Modern Art Orchestra


    Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Erika Náray and special guest: Ági Szalóki


    Bohemian Event Venue
  • Mayberian Sanskülotts


    Festival Theatre
  • Kamasi Washington


    Béla Bartók National Concert Hall