an internationally renowned performer, composer and film script
author who lives and works from her home in Cape Town South
Africa. She has performed and recorded on 4 continents and
received international acclaim for her "African-inspired"
music for classical guitar.
GUITAR ON SAFARI
collection of music from romantic, folk, jazz and blues to dances
like the tango and waltz, ranging from grade 2 to 5 levels. The
book, with teach yourself hints and tips also comes with a quality
CD recording performed by Avril Kinsey.
000The collection of must-have repertoire
allows for a progressive musical and technical development while
sounding impressive at all levels.
000There is much opportunity for personal
expression while also allowing the students’ hands to fit comfortably
onto the guitar, thus facilitating easier performance. A fine addition
to Trinity College of London graded syllabus.
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MUSIC FROM AFRICA
A first-ever 74
page music book of solo and duo African Legends and folksongs for
guitar, including the popular South African National anthem Nkosi
Sikelel i Afrika. The book comes complete with background storieson
the legends which inspired the music, as well
as comprehensive performance notes, it is available with the CD of
all the music.
The refreshing and varied music includes easy folksong arrangements,
as well as intermediate and advanced works suitable for professional concert
programmes. Also highly suitable for music libraries, universities with ethno
music departments and classical guitar programs.
from the Foreword of the book by Colin Cooper editor of Classical
Guitar Mag. UK
"What does the classical guitar have to do with a fish eagle and an African
gourd harp? Avril Kinsey has written a composition around each of them. She
has also written tone poems about the Bushmen, Modjadji (The Rain Queen),
the Okavango Swamps, and a traditional African healer (The Sangoma)".
000Her compositions are not merely
the products of her imagination, fertile though it is. She has
travelled extensively conducting her own research and living amongst
the African people as well as listening to many tapes of rural
African music as recorded by the great researcher Hugh Tracey.
000Avril says of her
own music, "Essentially what I have done is to take the sounds of
primitive instruments like the gourd harp, an instrument shaped like
a bow with a single string which is hit with a stick. I have recreated
that sound on the guitar by scraping the nail of the right hand diagonally
back and forth acros the string, while the left hand slowly bends the
note by pulling the string down. All sounds like the fish eagle cry and
the desert korhaan bird are able to be played in a performance situation." she
says speaking from experience.
"Extraordinary music, a rare kind of musical
magic" Sunday Argus
CD TITLES (Please note CD quality is only found on the real thing)
Short audio samples are highlighted
1. SONG OF THE WATER (Mokoro) - Kinsey
2. MAGWALANDINI (Trad.)
3. JIKELE MAWENI (Trad.)
4. KHULUMA - Betty Khosa
5. DOMBA DANCE (Python Ritual Dance) - Kinsey
6. THE RAIN QUEEN (Modjaji) - Kinsey
7. BUSHMEN (Spirit of the Wilderness) - Kinsey
Two Orchestral Legends of the Cape
8. ABANTUBAMLAMBO (The SeaCreatures)
9. CAPE OF STORMS - Kinsey
Afrique du Temps Jadis (Sangoma)
12. RITUAL DANCE - Kinsey
13. NKOSI SIKELEL i AFRIKA (SA Anthem) - Enoch Sontonga (arr. Kinsey)
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second CD "The Sensual Guitar" combines
the passion of Spanish guitars, the sensuality of French romance
with the excitement of Latin dance. Featuring a popular selection
of ballads, blues, songs and dances from the pens of Django Reinhardt
and Eric Clapton through to Elton John, Stanley Myers, Villa Lobos,
Rodrigo and Kinsey herself.
Guitar aims to capture the Passion of Spanish guitars, the sensuality
of French Romance, the excitement of Latin Dance combined with
the uniquely sensitive and versatile expression that is Avril Kinsey.
Featured artists also include guitarist Bob Gilson, songstress
Sanet Allen and keyboardist Tony Drake.
The CD with 14 tracks includes a stunning variety of music from the
pens of Jorge Morel, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Villa Lobos, Rodrigo,
Django Reinhardt, Avril Kinsey and many others.
Titles for "Sensual Guitar" - Avril Kinsey
1. SENSUAL - Avril Kinsey (arr. Kinsey / Gilson)
2. DANZA BRASILIERA - Jorge Morel (arr.Kinsey / Gilson)
3. CAVATINA - Stanley Myers
4. YOUR SONG - Elton John
5. SAVING ALL MY LOVE - Masser / Goffin (arr. Drake)
6. CLASSICAL GAS - Masson Williams (arr. Drake)
7. LAYLA - Eric Clapton
8. NUAGE AND STOMPIN' DOWN BROADWAY - D Reinhardt and E Williams
9. WHITER SHADE OF PALE - Reed / Brooker (arr. Drake)
10. NIGHTINGALE - Sherwin / Maschwitz (arr. Drake)
11. A LA LI LA - Trad. / A Kinsey
12. BACHIANAS BRASILIERAS - Villa Lobas / Correa
13. ARANJUEZ MA PENSEE - J Rodrigo / Kamhi
14. SENSUAL SONG - Avril Kinsey
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Guitar is said to be ...
The most beautiful of all instruments except perhaps
This recording was made from an archived LP and digitally
re-mastered for CD using state of the art sound technology. Many
hours of comparison and adjustment went into capturing the essence
of a live performance with the stereophonIc clarity of a modern
Music today seldom has the power to console or restore us: “While
re-listening to this early recording, I was reminded how early
renaissance and mature Spanish composers captured music that magically
remained untouched by the stresses of the outside world. It has
power to both touch us deeply and yet calm us”.
This was motivation enough to re-release this recording onto CD.
Thank you to Steven Felmore who’s
dedication, commitment and expertise in re-mastering and design
made this CD a reality.
Titles for "La
1 La Vida Breve • Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
2 Danza Paraguaya • Augustin Barrios (1885-1944)
3 Kubinsky Tahets • E. Chovzevskaja &
4 Intermezzo (de la Opera ‘Goyescas’) • Enrique
5 Cordoba • Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)
6 Largo, Rondo in G Major • Ferdinand Carulli (1770-1841)
7 La Rossignol • Anon
8 Recercate Concertante • Francesco da Milano & Joanne
9 Drewerie’s Accordes • Anon
10 Mr Southcotes Pavan • Thomas Ford (1580-1648)
11 Flat Pavan and Galliard • John Johnson (1540-1595)
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As a composer she
has been awarded prestigious commissions from The Foundation for
the Creative Arts and SAMRO. Her article and paper "Creating
Guitar Music in South Africa" was published in Classical Guitar
Magazine UK. As well as being presented at The International Composers
Samples of her work are :
OF THE WATER (Mokoro) - Kinsey
for Guitar Quartet from Avril Kinsey and Friends
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web site designed by Steven Felmore, See
more of his work.
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