Gordon O'Connell, guitar
Gordon O’Connell is a composer, guitarist, arranger, and recording artist. Gordon studied classical guitar with Robert Paul Sullivan at New England Conservatory and composition at the Berklee College of Music where he received the Laurindo Almeida Award for Excellence in Performance. He also studied jazz improvisation with world-renowned pianist Charlie Banacos.
Gordon performs nationally with renowned smooth jazz artist Andre Ward. His solo guitar performances in the Boston area included extended engagements at the Revere Boston Common Hotel and the Marriot Long Wharf Hotel. Gordon has performed as an accompanist and featured instrumental soloist with the 250-voice Mystic Chorale in the annual Mystic Gospel Concert under the direction of Jonathan Singleton since 2006. His performances prompted WBUR Radio personality Steve Ellman to describe him as “One of the most sensitive and innovative musicians in the Boston Area”.
In recent years Gordon has performed internationally including solo guitar concerts in Tel Aviv, Israel as well as performing with prominent Israeli saxophonist Shlomi Goldberg. In the summer of 2018 and 2019, Gordon performed at Naresuan University in Phitsanulok Province, Thailand. His debut album, A Collection of Lives, features his original compositions and instrumental talents. Internationally acclaimed guitarist Howard Alden describes the album as “...a delight! Captivating, sophisticated, accessible, and heartfelt...beautifully presented…”
YouTube Channel: Gordon O’Connell Music
Buy Gordon's album,
"A Collection of Lives"
Why Choose Solo Guitar?
Solo guitar is an amazing instrument. In the right hands, it’s capable of producing melody, harmony, and rhythm all at the same time. Some have called it the "Lap Piano" or the "Mini Orchestra". Here are a few reasons why solo instrumental guitar could be the best choice for your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour:
Affordable: With a solo guitarist performing, there’s no need to hire additional musicians or rent extra equipment.
Versatile: Virtually all styles can be played on solo guitar. Whether you want “Here Comes the Bride” or “Here Comes the Sun” when you walk down the aisle, the guitar can do it all.
Minimal Setup: Whether the event is indoors or out, the only equipment required is a small, unobtrusive amplifier which can be quickly and easily set up, moved and broken down. The music for your entire ceremony, including Prelude, Ceremony, Post Ceremony and Cocktail Hour can be played using this simple setup.
Can be Virtual: You can enjoy live streaming solo instrumental guitar music at your virtual gathering via YouTube Live, Google Meet, Zoom, and other streaming services. Gordon has a home studio capable of streaming High Definition video and sound for your event.