William Feasley

Classical guitarist William Feasley is performing his multimedia show, "Echoes of Goya," worldwide. Milkmaid_of_bordeaux2

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes was a late seventeenth century Spanish court painter. He is regarded both as the last of the old masters and as the first of the moderns. The subversive and subjective element in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, including Manet and Picasso.

Feasley's multimedia show takes the form of a guitar recital with an accompanying power point slide show. The works of Goya that are featured range from his early "cartoons" through his mature portraiture, examples of the black paintings, six Caprichos and on to the Milkmaid of Bordeaux (pictured right).

The music falls into three categories; music that was around Goya as he created his art, music that his art inspired and Feasley's musical associations between Goya's art and Spanish music.

The repertoire for the concert continues to evolve. Most recently he commissioned Three Goya Portraits from the Cuban-American composer José Lezcano.

William_feasley2 William Feasley, who will be on faculty at the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival August 5-12, 2007, is rapidly becoming recognized as one of today's top classical guitarists.

The first guitarist to be awarded the Peabody Conservatory's coveted Artist Diploma, Feasley has since been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards.

Since making his debut in 1980 with the San Francisco Ballet, performing Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, Feasley has maintained an active international touring schedule.

Recent tours have included Spain, the Caribbean, Greece, Yugoslavia, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Iceland.

He has also has released four critically acclaimed discs: Simplicity, American Sketches, Echoes of Goya, and his most recent CD, Shenandoah, a collection of works with roots in popular or folk music.

Feasley, who is in currently on the faculty of Catholic University, Columbia Union College, and Shepherd University, will be leading a week of workshops August 5-9. As a public capstone to the week, he performs onstage in a free performance at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater on Tuesday, August 7, at 7 pm.