Michael is an acclaimed jazz/classical guitarist who presents a 70 minute show comprised of Classical Guitar repertoire (Albeniz, Tarrega, Villalobos, Bach, et al.) originals, Jazz & Popular standards (Autumn Leaves, Beatles, Bossa Novas, etc) and engaging impromptu improvisations. His style is eclectic and well informed so the show engages audiences at different stylistic levels. My presentation includes some story telling about the pieces.
His current concert programmes emphasise “Must Hear Music” presenting a cross-section of music for the classical guitar from many styles which is now rarely heard by Australian audiences. These programmes ensure a balance of music to inform, engage and please audiences of diverse backgrounds. Audiences are also able to hear music by the composer/performer with pre-performance discussion on the creative process for the pieces, their inspiration, style and technical challenges so that listeners can experience new music with informed thinking and readied ears!
Click the links below for a sample of his solo work:
- Brunswick Street Blues
- Black Orpheus/Bonfa
- Improvisation for Baritone Guitar
- Autumn Leaves
- Improvisation in D Minor
Formed in early 2017, this duo features a sonic exploration of the guitar duo using the traditional jazz archtop guitar and a 7 string classical, blending and contrasting these two guitar timbres and their myriad techniques to foment accord in a fresh interpretation of Jazz, Latin and Pop standards along with striking originals. Based in south east Queensland, the duo draws on decades of professional guitar playing, offering an exciting and engaging musical experience for cage culture, Jazz venues and festivals. Andrea Vocaturo hails from Italy and has studied in Australia and NYC and is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Queensland Conservatory. A versatile and energetic player, Andrea’s melodies are colourful, full of character and grab the listener with some truly great playing. Michael Knopf is a multi-stylist and poly-genre musician who plays Classical and Jazz guitars in this duo. His cross-genre forays allows new guitar techniques to become an integral part of whatever he plays, so that even Monk’s tunes have a new sonic approach.
A demo can be viewed here.
With vocal stylist Rebecca Lloyd, this duo features Jazz, Popular and Latin Standards ideal for cafe culture, weddings and easy listening venues. Demo video is currently under preparation.
Trio Con Brio
Trio Con Brio is a modern Jazz and Latin ensemble with a Brazilian styled sound – performing Jazz, Blues, Bossa, Samba and originals. Formed in late 2016, their music includes titles by Jobim, Bonfa, Santana, The Beatles, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and many others. The music is acoustic/electric with classical 7 string and jazz guitars, electric and acoustic bass and congas with heaps of percussion sounds. The music is lively and engaging and the trio presents a varied menu of music with vibrancy and precision to pique interest -guaranteed to get feet tapping. Perfect for Cafe culture!
A sample of music can be found here.
Michael Knopf Trio/Quartet
Michael Knopf Trio/Quartet is a modern hard core Jazz and Fusion ensemble featuring Queensland’s best Bass and Percussion Kit players. The music features originals and some standards played with high level improvisation. The compositions is a stylistic and virtuosic tour de force making the show’s an unforgettable musical experience. Demo video under preparation.