September 25, 2018
Professor David Cullen, a critically acclaimed and Grammy award-winning guitarist, will perform in concert on Monday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ware Family Recital Hall, Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center, 817 S. High Street, West Chester. The event is FREE and open to the public.
Cullen is a 25-year professor of both Jazz and Classical guitar at West Chester. He will perform Bach Lute Suites No. 1, 3 and 4 on the classical guitar.
Cullen says, “I often come back to Bach because he was such a great improvisor. When you analyze his music, it can almost be thought of as a jazz standard rather than a classical piece. In this way, I get to combine my two loves of classical and jazz.”
Cullen started playing guitar at the age of 7. He has enjoyed an extensive recording career, and won a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Pop Instrumental Album for his work on “Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar.” His playing has been hailed by the New York Times as "Jazz, Folk, Blues Superstructures.” He has performed throughout the United States, and has recorded with both Windham Hill Records and Solid Air Records. His music is regularly featured on NPR.
Both Cullen, his wife, and their three children all have made careers in the classical music world.
He adds, “It’s a wild ride, this music world. But I feel fortunate to have found ways to make it work.”