In 1999 I had an idea: Create cello and violin parts around my classical guitar arrangements and original works. Previously I had used keyboards and synths to augment my works but felt there was a more organic texture that would create even more richness to my music. How to go about this was the question.

As an audio engineer, I had the fortune to work with cellist Wayne Templeman on a client's project. Wayne had superb technique and tone and was creating cello parts to augment my client's piano. So I called up Wayne and also producer Tom Capek. We had a fateful meeting at a Chinese restaurant somewhere in Denver. I don't even remember where it was! LOL! Out of that meeting a tremendous team was born.

Wayne, Tom, and myself went on to create 4 CD's together. At the center of every disc was my classical guitar. But around each guitar piece, we sculpted lush and tasty string arrangements that were the perfect salt & pepper to my nylon strings. Those arrangements ranged from Beethoven's Fur Elise to fiery Spanish numbers to Christmas classics and my original works.

The crazy part of all this was 99% of all the string parts were played by Wayne using his 5 string cello. Yes, you heard it right, his 5 string cello! We used a recording technique called multi-tracking. After parts we created by the three of us, Wayne would start by recording the bass line, then the tenor, then the alto, and finally the soprano part. Just amazing!

Anyway, I am so excited for Wayne to be a part of this celebration and performing this concert with me.

To be held in the beautiful sanctuary of St.John’s Lutheran Church
700 S.Franklin Street, Denver (WashingtonPark)
FRIDAY MARCH 31, 7:00 - 9:30 PM

Here is a bit more about Wayne.

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Wayne Templeman is a well known recitalist in all of Colorado and especially in the Denver area. He is the artistic administrator and principal cellist of the Mercury Ensemble, a fifteen piece, professional chamber orchestra. He was the principal cellist of the former Denver Chamber Orchestra from 1984 to 1994 and principal cellist of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra for twelve seasons. He was a member of the Central City Opera Company from 1985-2002. Coming from Chicago in 1980 to take a position as principal cellist of the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, his short stay turned into a permanent one with significant involvement in the Colorado musical community. In addition to his work with the Mercury Ensemble, he directed the Arvada Center’s chamber music series “Music with a View” from 1994 to 2006.

In addition to many solo performances with the Mercury Ensemble, he has performed as soloist with the Denver Chamber Orchestra, the Darmstadt Akademie Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Casper Symphony, the Loveland Chamber Orchestra, the Aurora Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the West, the Mostly Strauss Orchestra as well as the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra. Best known in more informal circles for his arrangements and renditions with the Denver Cello Quartet of country and western and rock and roll, Wayne has performed chamber music concerts in Germany and in more than twenty states throughout the U.S. and Mexico.


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