Refusing to be pigeon-holed and some what of a wild card as far as "classical guitarist" go, Brent Bassham is constantly pushing the boundries as one the most exciting young concert guitarist today.
His performances are not just for the musical connoisseur as he includes popular music in his programs. Any musical style finds it's way onto his guitar; jazz,country, flamenco, rock, etc. Regardless of the genre, Mr. Bassham performs on a single guitar with the sound of a "one man band" that gives his audience the illusion that they are listening to an ensemble such as in his over the top arrangement of the Big Band classic, made famous by Benny Goodman, Sing Sing Sing. His current repertoire includes anything from Irish and Scottish folk, Scott Joplin,The Beatles, Chet Atkins, to the mighty Gran Jota: a piece that exploits every sound the guitar can make including sounding like the snare drum of a marching band while at the same playing a playful melody simultaniously. From one piece to the next, you may find yourself hearing the splender of Spanish guitar then suddenly you are in the wild west .
In addition to being a soloist, Brent has also given creative performances with choirs, operatic singers, ballets, flamenco dancers, and various ensembles.
Recently, Mr. Bassham has turned his attention to incorporating more American music into his program including that of jazz-fusion guitarist Ralph Towner, Scott Joplin, and the cinematic orchestrations of Elmer Bernstein. Seeing the relative lack of American music performed on the classical guitar, he has made it a personal goal to celebrate, with his audience, the wonderful array of our homeland's composers.
Brent Bassham began playing guitar at the age of fifteen as a self-taught until he began his studies as a freshman at Tyler Junior College. His talents were recognized by his instructor Frank Kimlicko who awarded him with scholarships and twice as the Outstanding Guitar Student of the year.He has been taught by master teachers such as Brian Head (president of Guitar Foundation of America), Miguel Antonio, Grammy Winner Maestro Pepe Romero, and Grammy winner William Kanengiser. He has also been selected to perform in public master classes with: Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, Enric Madrigera, and David Russell.
He learned a wide range of styles from South American rhythm and song to modern classical styles. His classical guitar stylings have been regularly featured on KTPB 88.7 (out of Kilgore, Tx.).
Past performances include: the Texas Guitar Festival, Mesquite Guitar Festival, Eastfield Guitar Festival, and was a featured performer for the Celebration of Pepe Romero music festival at the University of Southern California in 2004, Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, and Katy Guitar Fest.
Mr. Bassham performs in folk, bluegrass, renaissance, and rock festivals and is always welcomed by his diverse audience. Corporate bookings are not limited to events for USPS, Century 21, Sam’s Club, and Dallas Trade Center. Numerous charity performances have also highlighted his schedule, including Dallas’s own Crystal Charity Ball.