|Laurence Juber performing at Lord of the Strings|
concert on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
On Saturday, March 7, Juber's singular magic performing solo instrumental guitar was showcased throughout a two-hour concert staged in Mission Viejo, CA as part of the Lord Of The Strings concert series. The winning set included a number of his own memorable compositions, as well as stellar arrangements of classics penned by Lennon & McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Harold Arlen, Steely Dan and others.
A tireless combination of groundbreaking technique, mix of alternate and standard tunings, and inventive arrangements allowed Juber to dazzle while using every part of his Martin guitar. But a final and almost intangible ingredient came courtesy of a bona fide emotional connection Juber has with the material that made this night something special.
The fact that Juber could mine new depth out of oft-reworked material including Lennon's epic "I Am the Walrus" and the Hendrix classic "Little Wing" confirmed Juber's gifts. His original "Cobalt Blue" works as a beautiful composition, but was embellished at times by Juber hammering the wood on his guitar or bending strings in gentle ways to power the piece without adding overwrought dramatics.
Other highlights of the night included the blues-jazz shadings on an interpretation of Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on My Mind" a ragtime-styled original "Fingerboard Road" (the title track off his latest album) and a powerful version of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" that thrilled the audience. The beautiful original "In Your Arms" dedicated to his wife Hope, was enhanced by elements of Spanish flamenco revealing additional elements of Juber's far-flung fingerstyle wanderings.
For more information on the Lord Of The Strings concert series, visit: http://www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com. For more information on Juber, visit his official site at LaurenceJuber.com.