John Mayrose presents guitar recital

Composer and guitarist John MayroseComposer and guitarist John Mayrose

New Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts faculty member, Assistant Professor of Music John Mayrose presents a solo guitar recital featuring his own compositions.  The recital will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Northside’s Recital Hall.  Mayrose will present acoustic guitar in the first half of the recital and electric guitar in the second half.

Featured pieces in Mayrose’s recital include Common Practice, written in 2009, and Down river to the rhythm of rowers, written in 2005 and revised in 2010.  Common Practice is a set of five challenging guitar etudes that came out of Mayrose’s return to classical guitar after gigging in ensembles for several years.  He wrote the piece to retrain himself on classical guitar technique.

Down river to the rhythm of rowers is a controlled improvisation for electric guitar and electronics (Max/MSP).  The work demonstrates the unusual aural phenomenon that a sound will be anonymous if the attack is removed.   In this piece, the computer fades in the volume of the guitar shortly after the string is plucked, which results in a glassy or organ-like sound.  There is no processing in this work; every sound is produced live and comes directly from the guitar.  The music unfolds gradually through a series of varying delays.

John Mayrose is a composer as well as an active performer of new music, having performed and premiered new works for classical guitar, electric guitar, electric bass, mandolin, and banjo.  He holds the Ph.D. in music composition from Duke University and a B.M. degree from the University of South Carolina Honors College.  Mayrose’s musical compositions have been played throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.  He is the recipient of the first place prize in the Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest (2009), the 2010 ASCAP Plus Award, the Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Prize (2008), and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Award (2004).

Tickets for this guitar recital are $5-$9 for adults and senior citizens and free to students and children.  Tickets are available through the Arts Box Office.  For more information visit or call the Box Office at 574.520.4203.