“The trick is to have such perfect ensemble and dynamic control that the quartet sounds like ‘one’ guitar – exactly what this ensemble does. Everything’s so enjoyably played.”
Fine Music 102.5FM, Sydney on ABC Classics’ Serene Nights
Australia’s great quartet Guitar Trek has delighted audiences around the world for over 30 years. With an ever-widening range of classical, popular, Spanish, South American and contemporary Australian works, the versatility of the guitar and the group’s unique guitar ‘family’ are showcased to stunning effect in every performance.
Pioneered by Timothy Kain in 1987, Guitar Trek has reinvented the guitar quartet medium through the unique combination of its classically-constructed, different-sized guitars – Treble, Standard, Baritone and Bass. Steel-string Dobro and 12-string guitars are also paired with the classical instruments to magical effect. A compellingly rich repertoire of music from across the globe, many historical periods and popular traditions, and Australia’s own phenomenally inventive contemporary composers has sprung to life through the huge variety of colours, textures and acoustic effects available to the group.
Critics and audiences the world over have warmed to the freshness and energy of Guitar Trek’s live concert appearances. They are proud to have just released their sixth album, Serene Nights on the ABC Classics label with a seventh on the way. Four of Guitar Trek’s previous albums have been best-sellers on ABC Classics and their 25th anniversary disc “Six Fish” was released on Australia’s renowned Tall Poppies label.