In the acoustic guitar world today, Jacques Stotzem is one of the “fingerstyle” guitarists with the most diversified style. And Friday 1st June 2012 gave Hinckley ACT fans the first chance to see him…
“Jacques Stotzem’s guitar style is unique, his compositions have as well brilliant melody line building skills, as top-notch abilities in creating structure, balance and rests in his songs. Truly a genius in his genre.”
Bridge Guitar Reviews, NL.
Born in 1959 in Verviers, the Belgian guitarist has recorded 12 CDs and is high up on the list for fans of the acoustic guitar. Readers of the influential German acoustic guitar magazine “Akustik Gitarre” have likened Stotzem to artists such as Leo Kottke, Paco De Lucia, Neil Young and Keb’ Mo’.
That’s not really astonishing. His unique and highly refined playing style combines a well-developed melodic sense with a rare dynamic approach to the instrument that speaks directly to the listener. Jacques, unlike many guitar players today, possesses an in-depth sense of harmonic knowledge, which is evident throughout his compositions. All of this is cemented together by his perfect command of the instrument and by his optimistic personality.
Jacques Stotzem has become a regular guest at European and American festivals and is often invited for tours in Japan, China or Taiwan. Since 2006, the famous American guitar company “Martin Guitar”, produces an “OMC Jacques Stotzem Custom Signature Model”, a dream for every guitar player, a consecration for Jacques.
In 2009, his CD “Catch The Spirit” entered the Belgian pop charts and stayed for 41 weeks.
His guitar-playing colleague Larry Coryell described Jacques as follows : “What he plays is pure music. As an instrument he uses the guitar, which he knows very, very well.”
For those of you who, in frustration with the whole new acoustic genre, have thrown up your hands, dismissing it as aimless open-tuning meandering, drenched in oceanic reverb, I have two words for you: Jacques Stotzem. Fingerstyle Guitar, USA.
The entrance fee for the evening was £11 for members and £12 for non-members. The event started at 8.00 pm, with doors opening at 7.30 p.m.
Based in the Sketchley Meadows Business Park, Hinckley ACT is a high quality music venue that offers an informal and intimate atmosphere for concerts and for the monthly club nights, where musicians can come along and ‘take the stage.’ Established by company chairman, Keith London, on the premises of his firm Advanced Carbide Tooling (A.C.T.), the venue provides full stage and seating facilities, plus top quality sound and lighting equipment.
There is a licensed bar and ample free car parking.