Louis Lagalante's "Infinite"; post-performance reception
With an exceptionally diverse background, and over a decade of academic and professional training, Craig Perry has cultivated into a truly unique guitarist, composer and performer. As a teenager in Virginia Beach, VA, he was one of two guitarists selected to attend the nationally renowned Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA, its student outreach covering the span of eight school districts in Southeast Virginia. These transformative years were spent studying Classical Guitar under Dr. Sam Dorsey and Jazz Guitar under Chris Batson during intensive studies of music academia and culminating in his duet--performance of "Agua y VIno" winning the Gibson Award from the Grammy in the Schools. He received his Bachelor's in Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 as a student of David Robinson and a recipient of the Jesú Silva Merit Scholarship. At VCU Craig was invited to perform in Master Classes led by world renowned players such as Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, Mathew Greif and John Dearman of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Odair Assad, Jason Vieaux, and John Patykula.
In October of 2013, Craig released his debut, solo-classical guitar album of original compositions titled "Himself", bridging the gap between classical enthusiasts and popular music listeners. The following year, his black metal band, Gnarcave, released their debut EP, "Dawn", and performed throughout the mid-Atlantic coast while receiving high praise for their distinct and masterful craft of heavy metal writing, commemorating various styles and influences with inimitable live showcases.
After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area as a freelance musician, Craig completed his Masters of Music in Classical Guitar from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, one of the top Music Conservatories in the country with one of the top guitar programs in the world. Honored to have been selected into the studio of one the greatest classical guitar pedagogues and modern music advocates, David Tanenbaum, Craig gained unparalleled experience from performance opportunities including Ted Hearne's "Katrina Ballads", W. A. Mozart's "Don Giovanni", and various types of solo and ensemble works. His second and final graduate recital concluded with his performance of Leo Brouwer's Guitar Concerto "Elegiaco", alongside its fully intended string orchestra and percussion.
Over the past decade, Craig has performed in distinguished locations such as The Roper Theater and The Chandler Recital Hall in Norfolk, VA; The Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, The James W. Black Music Center, in Richmond, VA; The Prado at Balboa Park and The Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA; Duke University's Nelson Music Room and The Nasher Museum in Durham, North Carolina; and most recently The Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco, CA and The Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA,
Craig's subsequent classical guitar album, "Tension & Release", a collaborative work with various artists of contrasting medians, is aiming for release in 2017, with the first half of the album, a six-movement suite titled "The Emperors' Suite" completed and performed regularly, receiving high praise and universal relativity among listeners. The second half, a six-movement suite titled "Anima Mundi: The Reinvention Of Man" remains in progress.
On June 5- June 14, Craig was offered to participate in a full studio-residency at Parks and Recording's studio/performance space to take on his second "Ten Songs in Ten Days" challenge in Emeryville, CA. A new work was composed, recorded, and released each day for ten consecutive days with the obsession over the number "10" throughout the project: collaborators, dedications, compositional elements, etc. The editing and finalizing of the work is to be completed by 2017 and released as its own album titled "Denarius".
Craig performs on a custom-made instrument hand-crafted by Erez Perelman.