Tom Silver’s musical program draws from an eclectic mix of Classical and Spanish Guitar, Jazz and Broadway, Latin American classics, and rock and popular music centered around the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Also included are examples of hauntingly beautiful Celtic classics. The Music Clips as well as CD Store track listings for each CD showcase the program very well.
So, you may hear a wonderful Bach transcription for guitar followed by a lilting guitar piece from the work of 19th Century Spanish Guitarist Fernando Sor followed by some ’40s Jazz followed by some popular ’60s arrangements for solo guitar followed by some traditional Irish music. All music is performed on unaccompanied solo guitar – there are no vocals.
Tom Silver typically uses two instruments at a performance – a Spanish/Classical Guitar for most of the performance, and an acoustic steel string guitar which provides the “sustain” or ringing tones that add so much to music where appropriate. Carefully tailored amplification is provided.
Because most of his repertoire consists of concert level and commissioned arrangements, Mr. Silver regrets that he cannot take requests.
Tom Silver’s program is appropriate for many occasions, events, and functions, and at many kinds of venues. For example, Mr. Silver has presented his program on Cape Cod at libraries, art galleries, museums, historical societies and other non-profit organizations, craft fairs and coffee houses. Often the music is a backdrop for receptions, fund raisers or simple social gatherings. The music works equally well for many business and social functions, including private dinner parties at home or in any number of possible settings.
An interesting idea is a recital in your own home, usually known as a “house” concert. This is a musical event where you or someone you know sponsors a recital at home for friends, family, neighbors, business associates – whomever you’d like to invite. As few as 8 to 20 guests are a reasonably sized group, although space and seating may allow for more people. Each guest makes a “door” contribution for performer compensation, and if there will be refreshments later, perhaps adds a few extra dollars to help offset those costs.
The suggested contribution for the performer as well as choice of day, time and recital length are mutually agreed upon. Often a good timing choice is a Sunday afternoon recital, perhaps starting at 3:00 or 4:00 – or Sunday evening early, perhaps starting at 6pm. Of course many other options may be considered. To help lower the “door” contribution, the performer may be permitted to bring along some of his or her recordings (CDs) for purchase by interested guests.
IS TOM SILVER’S MUSIC WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR?
This music is best suited for small to moderate size events of up to several hundred people, with 20 to 200 very workable. The unaccompanied Spanish or Classical Guitar – even amplified – is something of an intimate instrument and therefore probably is unsuitable for larger groups.
Also key are the musical tastes of those who will be present. Tom Silver's repertoire has played best with people age 50 and up, and may disappoint those expecting a band. Boisterous parties – definitely not! So please visit the CD Store and Music Clips pages of this site to see and listen to a sampling of the repertoire.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Each event is custom quoted, with the cost mainly based on total performance time, travel time to and from the venue, and whether sale of Mr. Silver’s CD recordings is permissible. To discuss a performance at your event, kindly use the Contact Us page to provide a phone number or initiate an e mail conversation.
WHAT ARE MR. SILVER’S REQUIREMENTS AT YOUR VENUE?
Tom Silver provides his own equipment for the performance. That includes a specially designed “guitar chair,” music stand with lighting, amplification, and extension cords (up to a maximum of 50 feet).
The venue should provide the following...
a) Handy electrical outlets (or reachable by extension cord). For outdoor performances, particularly at parks or village greens, the venue should provide extension cords in excess of 50 feet, if needed.
b) Footprint (square footage) for performance space: 25 to 30 square feet is the ideal footprint, but Mr. Silver can work with less – which may be necessary for smaller venues such as house concerts.
c) Time for set up and warm up, and a place to warm up not directly fronting an arriving audience. These points are key to a successful performance. Mr. Silver usually likes to arrive an hour and a half to two hours early, to prepare performance space and warm up.
d) Advance look at the venue, if within reasonable driving distance. To minimize risk of unanticipated problems, Mr. Silver asks to see the performance site before performance day.
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