Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Peter Blanchette: Archguitar Master

Peter Blanchette: Archguitar Master
Plays his self-designed,11-string, Archguitar live at the GCA Beer Garden

Friday, August 28 & Saturday, September 19
5:30-9:30pm / No Cover / Donations Encouraged
(Beer Garden Hours: Friday, 12pm-10pm, Saturday, 4pm-10pm)

contact Mark Sherry (music producer) at

Enjoy drinks, dinner, and a concert from musical virtuouso Peter Blanchette in the Gateway City Arts outdoor Beer Garden.

Blanchette, inventor of the 11-string archguitar, will perform the two shows as part of the new Gateway City Live's concert productions. “Blanchette is an ace on this, his self-designed instrument.”
– Billboard Magazine.

His repertoire of unusual and internationally acclaimed arrangements and compositions spans from medieval to classical, and contemporary to ethnic.

Blanchette is a veteran performer of such high profile venues as NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His CDs receive heavy airplay on WAMC, WNYC, and WFCR. His classical/jazz concept recording, “Had Miles Met Maurice” was selected by AudioPhile Magazine as a “Top 100 Jazz CD of 2001.”

In 2011, he received New England Public Radio Foundation’s Arts and Humanities Award for outstanding individual artist. As a composer, he has contributed to such television programs as HBO’s “Sex and the City,” USA Network/NBC’s “Royal Pains,” and PBS’ “Inside the Tuscan Hills.” Among other film work, Blanchette worked extensively with director John Turturro on Turturro’s film Illuminata.

In the late 1990′s, the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA) commissioned Blanchette to compose scores to the Buster Keaton silent comedies “The General” and “The Navigator” which resulted in sell-out performances in venues around the Northeast. “His updated film scores make the silents sing.” – Boston Sunday Globe

He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the critcally-acclaimed Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (

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