As seen on BBC Four television and winner of the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award for Best Music Show, Declan Zapala returns to the Stoke Newington Guitar Festival after a triumphant first performance in 2014.
Described by BBC Radio 3s Max Reinhardt as virtuosic and committed, with stunning sonic awareness, Declan Zapala was born into a musical family in Watford in 1985 and first started learning the guitar at the age of 10. In his subsequent 20 years as a guitarist, he has performed on BBC Four television, as well as BBC Radio 3, and has performed internationally, achieving great success as a solo artist for his unique and innovative classical & percussive guitar concerts. Declan regularly performs at international Fringe festivals, and has received numerous ***** reviews worldwide for his sell-out solo shows. This year saw the release of Declans debut album Awakenings which was launched at a packed out Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall and has received rave reviews from the Guardian, BBC Radio 3, and Guitar Techniques Magazine.
Declan's return to SNGF features a self-produced audiovisual performance of Steve Reich's 12-guitar part masterpiece Electric Counterpoint, as well as African influenced music by Gary Ryan and Declan's own stunning folk inspired percussive guitar pieces. "A must-see for all music lovers. One of the most exciting players on the acoustic guitar scene" (Guitarist Magazine). "Breathtaking *****" (ThreeWeeks). "Fascinating *****" (EdinburghGuide.com). "Stunning *****" (TheClothesLine.com.au). "Immense ****" (BroadwayBaby.com).
What an unusual name combination. Nothing on his bio pages which sheds light on it. A friend of mine travelling decades ago in south America met up with a guy by the name of Cesar O' Phelan - more or less the cultural reverse.