Art of Lunch | The Lute Player
Lew Kiek is one of Australia’s foremost world music and early music plucked string players. For The Art of Lunch he will perform on long and short necked lutes: bouzouki, baglama, oud and gittern. His performance will include a variety of medieval, folk and world music tunes collected over many years’ work with Mara!, the Renaissance Players, the Marais project and Kim Sanders and Friends, and some improvisations.
The lute was played in Europe for over 500 years and, for some of that time, was the most important musical instrument in European culture.
The lute is the descendent of the Arabic Oud which traveled into Europe during the time of the Crusades. From the beginning, the lute had a pear-shaped body, a rounded back made of separate strips of wood, and a bent-back pegbox.
During the Renaissance, lute players began to abandon the plectrum and pluck the lute with their fingertips. This made it possible to play two, three or even four lines of music simultaneously. With this revolution in playing technique, the lute’s potential for expressivity and shading with delicate nuances of color were revealed, and its popularity increased dramatically. The lute became the perfect solo instrument for the age, as well as an ideal accompaniment for the voice and a regular member of ensembles.
Art of Lunch | Avalon Restaurant | Music Hall | Peter Shoemark (Shoey) & Jason Thornton Duo
The Art of Lunch project was created by Earthly Delights Events and has received funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, as well as support from local enterprises such as Scenic World and BMR Accounting.
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