Listen to interview on Radio Cornwall 1440 on 5th May 2023!!
The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project was established ten years ago, following these two guitarist’s tenure in the unique quartet, ‘Eclectica!‘ In that decade, they have recorded 7 albums together, ranging from duet to quintet formats and have performed literally hundreds of concerts together throughout the UK and Europe.
They are joined by Paul Cavaciuti on drums and Ralph Mizraki on bass.
Regardless of the size of the ensemble, Oxley & Meier have always maintained their two aims:
– to write guitar-based music that is exciting, engaging and fascinating to anybody interested in music.
– to use an expansive range of instruments in order to deliver a stylistically wide ranging programme.
To achieve this, they usually use ten different guitars at their gigs. These include more unusual instruments such as: 11-string Glissantar (fretless instrument, based on the arabic lute – the oud), an Electric 12-string, a Sitar guitar & a Fretless nylon-string
The soundscapes are very much influenced from their various travels, this summarised by their strap-line: “soundscapes from Turkey to Brazil“. As a result, Oxley and Meier have performed in many of the top venues in jazz, world music and classical venues: Ronnie Scott’s, Musicport Festival and The Wigmore Hall, respectively.
Expect an evening of joyous varied fare, performed by these two seriously established musicians that The Observer described thus:
“When it comes to empathy, the duet of guitar virtuosi comes close to perfection”
Or if you are a fan of the ECM supergroup, Oregon, this quote from Ralph Towner will resonate:
“This album is a wonderful example of the high level of music that can be made by combining two great guitarists/composers/improvisers such as Pete and Nicolas. They have put together a feast of virtuosity, delivered wit depth, wit and joy”
The quartet will be performing brand-new music for this concert – as described above!
Three live pieces: