A cozy Sunday evening definitely involves beautiful music, in a warm and welcoming setting. A pair of virtuoso players bring their distinct styles and experience to Aberdeen’s listening room for the Rooster's Wife, Sunday Feb. 9. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 6:45 general admission show.

Hiroya Tsukamoto is an innovative guitarist and composer from a small town called Kameoka in Kyoto prefecture in Japan who fuses folk, jazz, and world music. He began playing banjo when he was 13 and took up the guitar shortly after. He received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in 2000 and came to the U.S. to study.  

In terms of musicianship, Tsukamoto’s guitar work is truly remarkable. “His brand of finger-style guitar is so intricate, and so blazingly fast at the same time, I kept imagining how many clones I would need to make of myself to accurately replicate his sound,” wrote Trevor Lewis of the Rochester City News. Tsukamoto’s instrumental abilities are indeed breathtaking and astounding, but his performances are so much more than that. He has the unique capability of engaging an audience through a personable and genuine approach. Expect to be mesmerized; Tsukamoto plays with an effortless skill on the guitar and a repertoire that will have you traveling the world, not to mention experiencing new sounds with his own compositions. 

Veteran blues and jazz guitarist Walter Parks was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. During his middle school years, classical music was offered in public schools, and began his music career with the viola. He   built an international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, as half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and as leader of the neo-Southern rock group Swamp Cabbage. With music and factual stories, Parks’ latest creation is a tribute to the many unheralded folks who did the heavy lifting to create the infrastructure for the country as we know it today. In this non-religious, non-political, but historical show, he presents slave spirituals, work songs and the blues and jazz to which both gave birth, along side hymns of the slave masters and the Appalachian reels and hollers that poor European-American homesteaders contributed. Fondly recalling his Boy Scout camping days in southeast Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp, Parks wondered if music had ever been made by the homesteaders there. In the Library of Congress Archives, he found a small trove of hollers, reels, shaped-note singing, hymns that had been recorded in the early 1940s, that he began to re-arrange. He ties all these forms together with contemporary music inspired by these populations.

The Rooster’s Wife is a community arts organization dedicated to bringing the best in live music to the Sandhills. Home base is the listening room of Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St., Aberdeen. Children are welcome with admission waived for the under-12 set. No BYOB, please; a full bar is available featuring Reverie Cocktails, and Southern Pines Brewing products. Brunch and supper will be available for purchase.Check social media for menus for both shows. Tickets to this general admission show are $20 for members. Annual membership may be purchased online or at the door. 

For more information, the complete schedule , or to purchase tickets online, visit ticketmesandhills.com or call (910) 944-7502.

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