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Mary McGuire & Erik Gustafson
November 2, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - November 3, 2018 @ 12:00 am
Mary McGuire – She was caller 11 on Detroit’s hit radio station WDRQ with legendary disc jockey China Jones. At the station on 8 Mile Road in Detroit, the closet doors opened and her 11-year-old arms were loaded up with the entire Beatles discography. Back at home, Mary dropped the needle on side one of Revolver on her blue Panasonic record player and at that the moment she was hooked. Growing up in 70’s Detroit and learning from the radio jocks of America’s first underground radio stations was all it took for Mary to pick up the guitar and learn her first Beatles, Neil Young, Eagles and Led Zeppelin tunes. Once she started, her appetite for acoustic rock guitar was fueled.
Loads of guitar lessons, gigging in bands with like-minded musicians writing and recording, led her to rack up miles on the highways across America.
Mary suddenly found her writing songs about where she was, what she saw and what she was doing from her perspective gleaned in the Upper Midwest.
Erik Gustafson – As a “gifted,” “accomplished,” and versatile musician, Erik K. Gustafson has remained active in the greater Boston area as composer, pianist, and choral singer. Currently serving as Composer-in-Residence for Old South Church in Boston, Erik has had performances of his original works for a variety of occasions in addition to traditional services, including for the one-year and the five-year anniversaries of the Boston Marathon bombings. Appealing to a world-wide audience, Erik’s music has been heard, for instance, on his international YouTube channel and on professional recordings, including Sam Ou’s and Harry Huff’s CD: With String and Pipe (2012). More locally, Erik’s music has had renditions by established performers and ensembles, such as by vocal artists Adriana Repetto, Alecia Batson, Carrie Cheron, and Rob Woodin, by instrumentalists like Willie Sordillo, and by choral ensembles including Musica Sacra (Mary Beekman, Director). Besides being acclaimed as “lyrical” and “accessible,” perhaps the most resounding description of Erik’s music has come in its being called “physiologically correct (P.C.)”. In 2018, Erik has released an album: For A Moment, featuring ten original pieces for piano solo and his own playing. Made also for people suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, or similar conditions, the latter CD fits overall themes of Erik’s musical pursuits: healing, caring, and lifting up ideas, occasions, and feelings. Beyond earning degrees from Harvard College and from Indiana University, School of Music (Bloomington), Erik has aspired to serve as a proponent of life-long learning, having enjoyed studies with Alice Parker, having attended courses at Harvard Divinity School and Hebrew College, and having completed two residencies as Composer Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). Currently, Erik has been working on composing varied pieces: including a jazz set to be collected in Good Evening Friends: A Jam Session, a few choral works, a few piano pieces, such as Ebony and Ivory (All Keys Matter), and other works for instrumental and/or chamber ensembles.