Kevin you are just a dream! Kevin is extremely talented and gifted, but he is also a great communicator and excellent collaborator. He set the mood for our wedding, and had guests dancing even though it was just a dinner! He also was so generous in helping us out with picking songs or learning any new ones for our specific requests. To top it off, he suggested a duet between he and the bride with the groom surprisingly joining in that left the room in joy and happy tears. Kevin is a great value and necessity to any thoughtful gathering. Thank you Kevin!
My guitar work is perfect for wedding ceremonies, and for creating the groove for receptions and parties. When called upon, I love to sing acoustic and jazzy pop music. My repertoire includes popular tunes from James Taylor to Stevie Wonder, and classical favorites from Bach, Faure, Handel, Pachelbel and more.
In Colorado I played all along the Front Range, from Sheridan, WY to Colorado Springs, and the Mountain Resorts in the Rockies, from Telluride to Steamboat Springs as a soloist and with my band, Swing Essence. Since moving back to Oregon in 2013, I have played many events in Portland and surrounding areas, including the coast, and Tacoma down to Eugene. I am very proud of the many testimonials received from of wedding, private and corporate clients. Guitar has been a life long endeavor, starting when I was just 10. I have background in acoustic and electric rock, folk music, classical and jazz. I have formal training in concert band and orchestra, theory and composition and experience as a soloist, arranger and band leader.
Just inquire! You will receive a quote for adding my music for your event, including a reasonable rate for additional time, and any travel required. For your event, I will take every step to ensure that everything goes smoothly and you and your guests love the music.
BEYOND SOLO GUITAR
I am fortunate to be part of a community of some very fine musicians, so I offer several wonderful ensembles. My Acoustic Trio consists of me on guitar and vocals with upright bass and either violin or a woodwind instrument. The trio builds on my solo repertoire to include hundreds of songs from the American Swing and Jazz Songbook, Latin and Brazilian, even classical selections.
I also work with vocalist, Susan Sandel. There are some demos included here with vocalist, Susan Sandel.
TESTIMONIALS (in addition to gigmasters testimonials)
"Kevin, The word that comes to mind is delightful. It is just so musical ... just what I love to hear. This is a real musician playing ...One of the most delightful things I've heard in a long, long time. ..Brilliant"
- Internationally Renowned Guitarist, Friend and Teacher, Martin Taylor
"Every bride wants their special day to be delightfully memorable. Kevin selected and played a beautiful display of music that delighted the entire crowd. His professionalism and excellent communication throughout the wedding preparation process was seamless and stress free. Kevin went out of his way to learn and play a special song that I requested, and would sing to my husband during the event. I was extremely appreciative, and my husband was touched by the surprise. I highly recommend Kevin to play at any event. He is well rounded and a great person to work with."
- Bonni R."
"This surely was an easy part of my planning! When my first band told me they could not fulfill their obligation and play at my wedding, I was in a slight panic; however, when I found Kevin and had some correspondence with him, I was completely at ease! I can't emphasize how grateful I am to Kevin and his band! They did a terrific job and all of the guests enjoyed the music. His communication is great, he understands your style and gives great suggestions! I had great comfort knowing we will get what we've asked for...but they exceeded our expectations! I will definitely recommend him to my family and friends!"
- Avelina K.