Photo by Jacki Bruniquel
Kicking off 2019 with concerts throughout the USA and Brazil, multi-award winning artist Guy Buttery returns home for his first nationwide solo tour of South Africa in over 4 years. The Intramural Encounters Tour includes stops in every major city in SA crossing a distance of over 5000km’s with a run of 15 concerts lined up around the country.
Guy Buttery has propelled his career far beyond the borders of his beloved South Africa. As an internationally recognized musician, this multi-instrumentalist enjoys invitations to play sell-out performances all over the globe. The USA, UK, Australia, France, Brazil, and Italy have all welcomed him back year after year. However, to brand Guy Buttery as one of South Africa’s musical phenoms would be an injustice. He has grown into so much more. His international role has surpassed merely playing shows to foreign audiences. It has evolved into one as an ambassador of South African music, inspiring people across the world with our homegrown style at the very heart of his talent and tenacity. Guy Buttery is our musical advocate for everything positive and beautiful about the place we call home.
It’s no wonder he is so enthusiastic when asked about his upcoming tour of South Africa. After numerous recent collaborations including his work with The Odeion String Quartet, The Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, The Guy Buttery Trio and extensive touring of his World Music duo with an Indian sitar player, Kanada Narahari, Guy returns with this tour for what he is known best for. The solo concert. “There is something so intimate and humanistic about a solo show”, says Buttery. “One singular exchange of energy between performer and audience always sheds completely new light on the music. Each performance always offers up an inward gaze of self, hopefully for both the listener as well as myself acting as some form of catalyst in this process. The Intramural Encounters Tour hopes to bring this kind of introspection to every single concert showcasing a bunch of newer and older compositions.”
Last year Guy received the highest accolade for a musician in South Africa and was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. In almost 4 decades of honouring artists throughout the country, this was the first time since its inception that the award was presented to a musician outside of the classical music realm. Guy Buttery’s debut album in 2002, "When I Grow Up..." was nominated for ‘Best Instrumental’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ at the South African Music Awards (SAMA’s) making him the youngest nominee in the history of the event. He then went on to win a SAMA in 2010, for his album “Fox Hill Lane” and again in 2014, for his first live concert recording, “Live in KwaZulu”. He has also received other major National accolades including The Ovation Award in 2010, 2012 and 2014 for his performances at the National Arts Festival. Guy was then invited to perform his works with the 52-piece KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic and had his solo performances voted the “Top Live Show” by The Cape Times. The media cited him “as one of South Africa’s finest exponents of the acoustic guitar.”
Expect high dynamics, ethereal fingerpicking, delicate African inflexions and mind-bending guitar playing of an entirely new order from Guy Buttery.
“…one of South Africa’s most influential artists over the past decade." – The Saturday Independent
“A contrast of genres dance together in intricate and entirely unpredictable patterns of tempo and rhythm. An audible tapestry of a united South Africa” – The Sunday Times
"Buttery is a god on the fretboard. A guitar master who proves once again that he doesn’t push boundaries; he simply vaults over them and goes for a stroll in the musical unknown." – Cue Magazine