Guitarist Muriel Anderson Teams Up With Germany’s Tierra Negra at Soka Performing Arts Center On January 20, 2014

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Award-winning guitarist and harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson performs with Germany’s famed duo Leo Henrichs and Raughi Ebert of Tierra Negra as part of the International Guitar Spotlight Series at Soka Performing Arts Center on Thursday, January 30, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

Muriel Anderson, Tierra Negra, Soka Performing Arts Center

Muriel Anderson will be perfoming with Tierra Negra at Soka Performing Arts Center on January 30, 2014.

Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship.

Award-winning guitarist and harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson performs with Germany’s famed duo Leo Henrichs and Raughi Ebert of Tierra Negra as part of the International Guitar Spotlight Series at Soka Performing Arts Center on Thursday, January 30, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at performingarts.soka.edu or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. She has recorded over a dozen CD’s and performs in the US, Europe, and the Far East.

Her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. Her unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez. Touring in the USA and internationally year round, she continually amazes audiences with her technique and endears them with her sense of humor.

Anderson’s initial encounter with Tierra Negra came when she visited the booth at a European music festival where the German flamenco duo was selling its signature line of handmade guitars. “When we got there one morning, we found Muriel with one of our guitars playing her song ‘Angelina Baker,’” recalls Tierra Negra’s Leo Henrichs. “We immediately grabbed guitars as well, and started jamming with her for the very first time. You could say that the first communication between the three of us was nonverbal—it was musical.” They collaborated on a studio album New World Flamenco and are currently touring together. “It’s a dream to play this music with them, and we are continuing to find ways to explore our music together,” says Anderson.

For more details and ticket information, see http://www.performingarts.soka.edu.

The 1000-seat Soka Performing Arts Center is located at 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo on the campus of Soka University, a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. SUA offers a 9:1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 12. The campus was rated in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges in US News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2014.” All undergraduate students participate in a semester of study abroad during their junior year which is included in the tuition. Free tuition is available to eligible admitted students whose annual earned family income is $60,000 or less. The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. About 60% of SUA’s students come from the US and 40% have come from 40 other countries. For more information: http://www.soka.edu.

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