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Kara Gordon Trio


Sat 15 May 2010, 8:30pm–12:00am

Where: The Pioneer Restaurant & Bar, State Highway 10 Loop Road, Waipapa, Kerikeri

Restrictions: R18

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Kara has established himself as a regular on the Auckland music scene. Recently his guitar skills have been sought out by the international music scene and he has been selected to open at the rock legend packed Rock2Wellington concert and to feature at the upcoming international guitar virtuoso extravaganza - GTaranaki.

In January 2008 Kara was hand-picked through a national guitarist competition to open the massive Easter 'Rock2Wgtn' festival upfront of Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper and Poison. Out of hundreds of entries and after a live judging, Kara was placed in the lead spot. Kara performed before 30,000 people at Westpac stadium and met and jammed with Doug Aldridge (White Snake lead guitarist), CC Deville (lead guitars for poison), Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer (Kiss) and Zakk Wylde (lead guitarist of Ozzie Osbourne).

On the judging panel for the Rock2Wellington, world renowned rock and heavy metal expert Garry-Sharpe Young, recognized Kara's brilliance and singled him out to perform in GTaranaki, New Zealand's first international guitar festival opening July 14th. At GTaranaki Kara will be playing lead guitar with international star Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and alongside some of the worlds greatest guitar virtuosos, Joe Satriani, Uli Jon Roth (the scorpions), Vernon Reid (living colour), Gilby Clarke(Guns n Roses/Rockstar Supernova), Alex Sholnick (Testament) and Tim Donahue (international harp guitar artist).

"Kara's playing style is stunning to behold, a mix of dazzling virtuosity, impassioned emotion and hummingbird accuracy. For the G-Taranaki event, Kara has been especially invited to perform alongside the legendary Glenn Hughes, a first for a Kiwi musician" - Garry Sharp

Kara was accepted into Berklee College of Music out of 30,000 applicants worldwide and Professor Goodrick flew to New Zealand to personally congratulate and welcome him to Berklee. Four years later Kara graduated with a Masters in Guitar Performance, jazz and contemporary guitar improvisation and Composition and arrangement in jazz and contemporary orchestration. Berklee requirements meant that Kara had played and toured extensively in the world of professional musicians in the States, and on his return to New Zealand states Kara Gordon only in his early 20s was touring New Zealand startling New Zealand ears with his dazzling technical skills.

Through jamming/meeting with masters such as Ron La Pread (bassist from the Commodores), Ben Harper (USA's international recording star), Joe Satriani (Guitar hero "surfing with the alien") Tommy Emmanuel (one of Australia's greatest acoustic guitarists and one of 5 C.G.P Certified Guitar Players in the world) Kara absorbed techniques and approaches and continuously learning and refining his own style.

Kara's goal is to become one of the worlds greatest guitar players, with a unique voice and style of his own mixing the warm vintage sounds of Hendrix, Page, Beck and Blackmore and fusing them with the modern techniques of Gilbert, Satriani and Petrucci with a good measure of blues feeling and harmonic jazz sophistication.

"I've devoted my life to playing guitar. I like the freedom to focus my energy on improving what I do as a player, writer, singer and musician. " - Kara Gordon

Tickets are available from The Pioneer Restaurant & Bar.