Considered one of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is an engaging performer with a unique approach to the instrument. One minute she launches into a startlingly authentic Spanish-style original, then a Beatles’ tune, and next virtually transforms the guitar into Bluegrass band, a marching band, then a Japanese koto. Muriel’s innovative CD that lights up, “Nightlight Daylight” was chosen as one of the top 10 CDs of the decade by Guitar Player Magazine. She is also the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship.
Muriel fell in love with the guitar at an early age and learned every style available to her, beginning with folk, bluegrass, and then jazz in high school. She received a degree in music from DePaul University and went on to study with classical virtuoso Christopher Parkening and with Nashville legend, Chet Atkins. She has composed music since age five, and has written solo instrumentals and vocals, choral and orchestral compositions. She has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.
Muriel will be joined by special guest Sandro Norton – a Portuguese composer and musician known for his percussive guitar playing, compositions and improvisational skills. As a graduate from the London College of Music, Sandro studied with the likes of Mike Outram, Shaun Baxter, Ian Scott (Beach Boys), Phillip Mead (George Crumb), Dave Cliff (Lee Konitz) and Eddie Harvey (Ella Fitzgerald). Over his career Sandro Norton established himself as a session musician working in TV, orchestra and theatre music. His work portfolio includes film soundtracks, television theme tunes and studio work in pop, blues and jazz.