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Something I often think about is how the need for a concert hall holds much less importance today with regard to live performance than it once did. This is, in part, due to how easily one can access music as well as a shift in the approach of many artists when presenting concerts.
In fact, the experience of hearing someone live in an unusual space can actually have a larger impact on an audience. Think about the first time you heard a work or piece beautifully performed in unexpected place or unexpected time. It takes you by surprise and can make you think about the music, in this case, in a different way – not to mention that the acoustics change your perceptions immeasurably.
This first happened for me in October of 2007 when I was asked to play a concert in a club as part of a CD release concert for some friends. I discovered that I enjoyed the challenge of performing in a venue that was, at that time, distinct from those spaces I’d grown accustomed to as a musician. I felt different on that stage, the music was unique in that venue, and the audience experienced a vibe unlike that offered by a traditional concert hall. That performance is one that I still often think about; it was a moment that caused me to rethink what performing is all about—creating a connection with people through sound regardless of the physical space and its originally intended use.
Nearly a decade later, with this in mind, I want to push myself to see what else is possible. I decided to set myself a challenge and create a series of concerts which would make use of a range of venues not normally associated with musical performance. But why stop there? I’m adding a twist and broadcasting them over the internet?!?! This creates another dimension regarding the types of venues that are possible to perform in. I don’t need to bring in an audience—I can deliver the concert to you. With that, the Laptop Tour begins! I’m going to broadcast short concerts, no longer than 30 minutes in duration, from anywhere and everywhere from, you guessed it, my laptop—even your house is fair game.
To kickoff this tour my first concert will be on Monday, April 18th at 8pm at: The Makespace in Harrisburg, PA. As this is a venue that inspires its guests and the artists that show their work, I’m programming three pieces inspired by works of art:
Ingram Marshall’s Soe-pa: Inspired by Bach’s Prelude in Bb flat from the WTC
Ronald Pearl’s My Name is Red: inspired by Orhan Pamuk’s novel of the same name
Judah Adashi’s My Heart Comes Undone: inspired by Bjork’s song Unravel
I hope you’ll join me on Monday, April 18th at 8pm(EDT) via this link to stream my first concert of this tour.
Thanks for coming with me on this new adventure!
My first article for the quarterly journal Fingerstyle360 is now available! Check out this fantastic online guitar magazine that features interviews, workshops, reviews, and more!
In the February 2011 edition of Classical Guitar Magazine, guitarist and journalist Julia Crowe featured my upcoming project in her “A Letter from New York” column. Click here to read the article.
By Nick Dimarco
Baltimore City Paper
As the old adage goes, those who cannot do, teach. Apparently Zane Forshee didn’t get the memo. The nationally recognized award-winning guitarist has toured around the country, delighting audiences with his eclectic guitar performances. Back in Baltimore, the contemporary soloist takes the stage at UMBC, just one of the four institutions where he’s on the faculty. For true music fans, do not miss out on the chance to learn a thing or two from the man who makes music his life in the classroom and on stage.
By Timothy Smith
In his debut disc, Zane Forshee has selected several iconic classical guitar works through which he displays his unique musical voice. Although typically recognized for his interpretation of contemporary works, of the three composers featured on the CD, the Sonata by Leo Brouwer is the only 20th century work presented. Dispelling any question as to his competency when handling earlier works, Forshee opens with three popular Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. The three Sonatas cover a wide range of drama and tempo, and highlight Forshee’s superb musical and technical skill. The Brouwer Sonata that follows is one of this composers most critically acclaimed and widely known works. Throughout the first movement Forshee does an excellent job of maintaining the anxious and turbulent essence of the music, which is then tastefully released through is delicate and peaceful rendition of the second movement. The recording closes with the familiar Mallorca by Isaac Albéniz, which contrasts nicely with the works by Scarlatti and Brouwer. Overall the disc is an excellent introduction to Forshee’s musical voice, and I look forward to hearing more from him in the future.
By Chris Dumigan
Classical Guitar Magazine
Beginning with three contrasting sonatas by Scarlatti Forshee immediately establishes his credentials as an excellent player, with clarity, precision and an abundance of fine technique. In the long middle sonata K. 213 his emotional way of bringing out the opening section is compelling with beautiful warm playing.
Brouwer’s evocative three-movement Sonata comes from an entirely different world to the foregoing. The other-worldly way it begins with a bell-like sequence of notes often on harmonics is hauntingly played. This phrase keeps returning amidst other more earthbound harmonies until gradually the dance-like elements take over more. Its rather episodic elements could, in lesser hands, sound disjointed, but here work really well. The dream world occupied by the middle movement and the relentless 3rd and final part are every bit as good, and make for a first-class recording of this work. This rather short (38 minutes) CD finishes with a fine Mallorca .
All in all this is a lovely recording spoilt somewhat by its relatively modest length. However this might be reflected in the price, and so I can confidently recommend Forshee’s interpretations wholeheartedly. The recording too is excellent.
By Nyonsuatee Kollue
Music, they say, speaks to a person’s soul. The audience that gathered in the Fine Arts recital hall to listen to classical guitarist and UMBC faculty member, Zane Forshee, must indeed believe this to be true. First prize winner of the National Guitar Workshop Solo Guitar Competition, as well as the Baltimore Music Club’s Strings competition, Zane Forshee struck more than guitar chords. He gently pulled on the heart strings of his listeners as he invited them to listen, enjoy, understand, and communicate with his rhythms.
The performance was a series of various classical pieces. He masterfully played harmonious, rhythmical tunes, as well as vibrant, danceable melodies, and incorporated some mixed bits that started off light, and then continued with astounding sharp chords that sent your ears tingling. He played a few sonatas as well as works of other artists that he admired. A piece whose English translation would mean “Walk a narrow path” was one of such numbers. But whichever way he played, there was a beautiful ever-flow that held the audience captivated.
Each piece (followed by loud applause) opened into another equally breathtaking number. The slower melodies seemed to greatly appeal to the more mature audience as they gazed upon the artist. The younger attendees bobbed their heads and swayed lightly to vibrant tunes. You could hear quiet whispers of, “He’s good!” from various audience members. However, the enjoyment in this performance was not limited to the audience alone. The artist himself seemed lost in the sound of his instrument. He played every chord with soul, swaying gently and tapping his feet as he played. Watching him, you would not only listen, but feel the music as much as he did.
His performance left the audience deeply satisfied. After listening to him, his achievements seem only natural for someone with his skills. Anyone with a good ear for music would greatly appreciate the style and spirit of his music, as he deeply expresses the beauty of classical guitar in his performance.
Since winning first prize in the National Guitar Workshop Solo Guitar Competition, Zane Forshee has led an exciting and varied musical life as a soloist and chamber musician. Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Saint Louis, and Montreal are among the many North American cities that have been host to his eclectic concert programs. A champion of new music, his concerts always include gems from contemporary composers as well as those from the traditional solo guitar repertoire.
Mr. Forshee has appeared in master classes with Eliot Fisk, Benjamin Verdery, David Leisner, Sergio and Odair Assad, David Russell, Fabio Zannon, Manuel Barrueco, and Pepe Romero. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Julian Gray and holds a Master of Music Degree and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory as well. Presently, Mr. Forshee is on the faculty of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the Peabody Conservatory, the Peabody Preparatory, and the Performing Arts Institute Summer Music Festival in Pennsylvania.