Raul Midon’s ninth studio album “Bad Ass and Blind” was released last year to huge fan and critical acclaim.
The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and blind guitarist has earned renown as one of music’s most distinctive and searching voices – “a one man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.” – The New York Times.
Combining a percussive guitar style with a silky tenor voice, Midon’s approach celebrates music and blindness with unique expertise and creativity. People Magazine calls Raul “an eclectic adventurist.”
His guitar playing is singular: syncopated, flamenco- and jazz-infused. Bass, harmony, and melodic lines fly from the fretboard, almost bafflingly produced by just those two hands. In addition to his smooth vocals, Midon sometimes throws in “mouth-horn” improv, creating a bebop-style “trumpet” solo. “…(Raul) plays with such freedom and joy that his hands smile,” notes the Huffington Post. And Billboard calls him simply: “a virtuoso”.
Having a well-established recording and concert reputation, Midon was invited in 2016 to cross the US as a featured artist in the Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour company, that also included jazz super-stars Nicholas Payton, Ravi Coltrane, and Gerald Clayton. The tour culminated in a weeklong run at NYC’s Birdland. It was an acclaimed live collaboration, with Jazz Times remarking on how Raul Midon became “the undeniable focus” whenever he came onstage and praising his “acrobatic… note-perfect” performances.
Reserved seat tickets: $25 – $35.
Presented by City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center.